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Lameness in Dairy Herds

Lameness in Dairy Herds

Early detection is key for dairy farmers to stay on top of lameness cases and prevent the impact being seen in the bulk tank, particularly those milking on a robotic system.

Despite being a top priority to reduce cases in UK herds, including industry initiatives such as ‘Lameness Month’ this July, Wynnstay dairy specialist, Beth May, says lameness is still one of the highest costs to a dairy business.

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An Overview of Mycoplasma in Youngstock

An Overview of Mycoplasma in Youngstock

There are 13 species of Mycoplasma that can affect cattle, however, some are more aggressive to their host than others. The most significant in the UK appears to be Mycoplasma bovis.

The disease was only discovered in the 1960’s and first found in the UK in the 1970’s. It is thought to be involved in a third to a quarter of all pneumonia cases in Britain. Once in a herd, it is a disease that is notoriously difficult to diagnose and control let alone eradicate.

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Beef-on-Dairy : A Rapidly Increasing Area Across the UK Dairy Industry

Beef-on-Dairy : A Rapidly Increasing Area Across the UK Dairy Industry

The beef on dairy market is a rapidly increasing sector of the dairy industry. Sometimes due to on farm factors, the best option is to sell calves under 42 days old and it is often a respectable third milk cheque for the dairy farmer, other options are to sell batches of weaned calves or carry on through the system and sell as stores or finished cattle. The process to enter each market requires careful and forward planning and will be dependent on many factors. 

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Smaller Stature Calves and Energy Requirements

Smaller Stature Calves and Energy Requirements

An increasing number of studies are suggesting we should be feeding our jersey cattle and smaller stature calves differently to holsteins and larger breeds. As crossbreeding within the dairy industry is becoming more popular, the number of smaller stature calves is increasing.

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Start N Wean

Start 'n' wean

Youngstock are the future of your herd, so optimising their growth and development is the key to future profitability. Start ‘n’ Wean is specifically formulated to set up a healthy rumen by three months of age.

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Measure to Monitor

Reduced calving age from one year to the next may suggest improved calf and heifer rearing; however it is months later when we can make these assumptions. If a heifer is first served at 18 months old, it can be assumed that there are improvements to be made to allow future heifers to reach service weight earlier. But it is difficult at this point to then determine at which stage of rearing that this heifer didn’t meet her targets and fell behind.

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Do you know the 7 Silage Sins?

7 Silage Sins

When it comes to producing good quality, nutritious silage small things can make a big difference. This is especially true of mistakes. A shortcut or a small oversight can ultimately result in silage that is unusable due to insufficient dry matter content or worse, silage that is dangerous to herd health because of mould growth and the likely presence of mycotoxins or Listeria.

Many farmers have come to accept some issues, particularly with mould, as inevitable and as a necessary evil. The reality is however, it's all too often caused by someone committing one of a number of silage "sins".

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Fertiliser Update - May 2021

Fertiliser Update - May 2021

It would be an understatement to say we have seen some changeable weather over recent weeks!  April was one of the coldest and driest on record since the 1980’s, followed by plenty of showers in May. This combination has not provided a great basis for early grass growth, and those who cut early, or have managed to dodge the more recent showers will have seen mixed results.  

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