Wet and mild conditions over the winter can lead to higher fly populations in the spring, which is why it is important for dairy farmers to act early to control the pest while the majority of the population are yet to hatch.
From the 1st May 2022 three new Climate compounds will be available with the inclusion of Rumitech®, a methane reducing additive.
In 1987, the United Nations (UN) defined sustainability as ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations’. If we then relay this to food production, it’s producing nutritional food in a system that’s productive, profitable and resilient, while tackling climate change. But what does this actually mean for dairy farmers who are aiming to produce more sustainably?
Congratulations to the Albutt Family of Winchcome who recently won our January prize draw in conjunction with QLF. The family chose the prize of an IBC of L-CBF BOOST as they already use QLF Allstock Lite molasses.
Heat stress in the dry cow pen can have significant implications on both cow and unborn calf performance. Heat stressed cows have decreased dry matter intakes, increased metabolic stress, poor transition and decreased milk production and immune response. A factor which can often become over- looked is the impact heat stress can have on the calf in utero, which can impact its future on your farm.
Dairy farmer Jonathan Evans wanted to improve milk quality from his 220 cows to improve milk price and he is now reaping the benefits of close teamwork between his Wynnstay Agronomist and Nutritionist.
Due to improved animal welfare, new regulations and an overall push in the industry, the next topic will not be a concern to all, but it is still an area for improvement.
58% of non-vaccinating dairy farms and 22% of non-vaccinating beef farms test positive for exposure to leptospirosis. In the UK, two strains have been identified - Leptospira interrogans serovar hardjo and Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar hardjo.
Our Fertiliser manager Dave Mitchell offers his monthly summary of the fertiliser market.
Each winter presents a different set of challenges for our dairy herd particularly during the months after housing. This season is no exception with milk yields nationally back 3.6% as of November 21 versus November 20 (source: AHDB).
Consider some of this season's challenges below and some suggested solutions by some of our specialist dairy team.