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Meet Jess Hansford from Wynnstay Ruthin

Meet Jess Hansford from Wynnstay Ruthin

Having moved to Ruthin from Dorset with her mother and their two ponies some 16 years ago, Jess has since developed a life-long love of ponies, as well as dogs and cats.

That love of animals led her to study animal care and management at Llysfasi College, while at the same time helping her Mum and Stepdad produce and show Welsh section A and B ponies. This remains an important part of her life and encouraged her to pursue her career in the animal health industry.

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What is the role of a Dairy Specialist?

What is the role of a Dairy Specialist?

We speak to David Jones to find out more about what a day in the life of a Wynnstay Dairy Specialist looks like. We discover some of the highlights of his role and discuss the challenges faced in this ever evolving industry.

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Do joint supplements really work for horses?

Do joint supplements really work for horses?

Concussive pressures are amplified in the lower legs in especially on harder terrain. Hard ground poses a greater risk to older horses and animals who already have joint health problems.

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How to prevent grass tetany using a magnesium supplement

How to Prevent Grass Tetany

One of the most effective ways to prevent grass tetany in dairy cows is magnesium supplementation during the risk period. Choosing the supplementation source is quite challenging in practice, magnesium oxide being commonly used to prevent Mg deficiency, but the solubility and therefore the bioavailability varies greatly in practice (1). 

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Royal Welsh Show 2022

Royal Welsh Show 2022

We are thrilled to be returning to Llanelwedd showground for the the Royal Welsh Show 2022. After 3 years of disruption due to covid, the show is back and better than ever.

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The benefits of feeding a Choline additive

The benefits of feeding a Choline additive

There are no silver bullets in farming. If there was a management practice that resembled one, then relentless attention to detail would have to be the closest option. When it comes to dairy farming and in particular transition cows than the 4 F’s are often cited as the nearest thing (Forage, Feet, Feed, Facilities) although choline nutrition could be considered a close second.

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How to dry off a dairy cow for a succesful transition

Three main check-points for drying off

80% of disease and animal losses in the dairy herd occur from 21 days pre-calving to 60 days post-calving. Here are 3 main check-points for drying off, to ensure a more successful transition:

  • Body condition score 3.0
  • Healthy claws
  • Milk yield at dry off less than 10 litres

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Choosing the right magnesium supplement for cows

Choosing the right magnesium supplement for cows

Low magnesium status and sub-optimal rumen pH can be no stranger at spring turn out. At Wynnstay we believe the dual functionality of pHix-up, can be harnessed to both safeguard rumen health and enhance magnesium supply at grass.

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How to Get Rid of Blowflies

Make the most of your blowfly products

All animal medications, in particular those used to control blowflies, must be administered properly. It will save you time and ensure that you get the most out of your items if you take a little time to plan and consider the entire task at hand before you do anything. Specialists at Elanco recommend following the below steps to keep your flock free from blowfly infestations.

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