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Dairy Newsletter 

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The Wynnstay Dairy Newsletter offers dairy farmers seasonal advice to drive their herds performance. Available in digital and paper formats. 

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Foreword

2020 was certainly a year to forget so let us draw a line under it and consider the reasons to be cheerful for 2021. 

A Brexit deal concluded in December 2020 has alleviated market fears and uncertainty - this will provide stability for milk markets.

A COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway and if this successfully continues disruption to the food markets experienced in the spring of 2020 will not be replicated in 2021 - another positive for milk pricing. 

Winter cereal planting conditions have been favourable particularly compared to last winter - this bodes well for cereal and straw prices later this year. 

As ever, each year presents its own set of challenges and in this issue of our Dairy Newsletter the Wynnstay Dairy Team will look to provide insight and solutions to overcome these challenges. We will examine strategies for mitigating rising feed costs this spring and summer, as well as advise on the usual factors to consider at grazing. 

The environmental impact of agriculture is fast becoming the highest priority for most producers and as a dairy sector we need to adapt changes positively where these is a benefit for the farmer, the cow and ultimately the environment. Lewis Davies has recently been appointed Wynnstay's Environment and Sustainability Manager, ensuring we are well placed as a business to introduce the necessary changes to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable. 

In this Issue 

  • Raw material market update 
  • Sustainable Soya
  • Milk market update
  • New regulatory measures to protect water in wales 
  • Customer focus 
  • Strategies for mitigating feed costs 
  • Pica in grazing cattle 
  • The importance of magnesium at grazing 
  • Preparing for success
  • Keep your protein costs in check this summer

 

 

  • Rise of the robots 
  • Restore 5+ 
  • Grazing management 
  • Fundamentals of good grassland management 
  • Research points to better multi-cut silage 
  • Understanding the benefits of season-long worm control in cattle 
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