Our monthly agriculture focused updates
Welcome to the Agri-Hub Podcast - the home of talking agriculture, keeping you in the know, and your farm in the best health. Each month, we share news from the beating heart of agriculture with our loyal listeners and customers. Anything from advances in livestock management, to the best cover crop for your fields this season. We’re here to provide the best agri-advice from the team of Wynnstay specialists.
Episode 11 : Maximising Milk Solids
In this episode we’re keeping our finger on the pulse of the dairy industry’s most important issue – milk quality. Tony is joined by our Technical Product Development Manager, Beth Parry and Technical Ruminant Manager from UFAC-UK, Mike Chown as they consider everything from first cut silage to the five main points on butter fats for farmers to check.
Meet the host
Tony Morris, FACTS, BASIS
Our host, Tony Morris, is farming through and through. Hailing from an inherently farming background, he left the milking parlour in 2009 to join us here at Wynnstay as an Animal Health Specialist in Worcestershire and the Cotswolds. Since then, he has embraced all things Wynnstay, having branched out into agronomy in 2011, and alongside his AMTRA SQP qualification, Tony is also BASIS registered and provides advice on forage crops.
This month, Tony is looking ahead to Autumn and talking seed with Head of Seed, Toby Reich; Seed Sales Specialist, Joe Wood and Environmental Seed Product Manager, Amy Watts. Together, they’ll be discussing the best combinables, what’s new, disease and treatment, cropping options and regenerative agriculture.
We’re back with another episode, as Tony Morris discusses all things beef with Calf & Youngstock Specialist, Millie Hendy; Regional Animal Health Manager, Luke Derrett and guest, Simon Crabtree, to cover everything from calf selection to rearing animals, genetics and even practicalities on farm
In this month’s episode, Tony Morris is talking sheep with National Sheep & Beef Manager, Bryn Hughes; Grass & Roots Manager, Colin Jones and Independent Sheep & Beef Adviser, Liz Genever.
Lambing for the majority has finished, or is coming to a close, and thoughts are turning to weaning strategies and getting lambs to their target weight in the most efficient way.
However, with one of the driest and coldest April’s recorded since the 1980’s, the other topic on everyone’s mind is: what do we do about the grass?
Our host, Tony Morris gets the latest Seed Division business developments from Head of Seeds, Toby Reich, and introduces us to our newly appointed Environmental Seeds Product Manager, Amy Watts, who discusses the future of environmental land management.
With global attention on environmental policy growing year-on-year and the impact of farming on our planet at the forefront of farming policy post-Brexit, Wynnstay has it’s sights firmly set on the future.
Beth Parry, Technical Product Development Manager
Toby has spent time working with, and learning from, the most knowledgeable breeders, growers and technical experts across the industry. He draws on his experience working across seed, crop protection and sustainable supply chains to ensure the Seed Division supplies Wynnstay’s customers with the most appropriate varieties, in the most responsible and productive way.
Amy Watts, Environmental Seeds Product Manager
Following her graduation from the Royal Agricultural University, Amy spent the last two and a half years at DLF Seeds. During her time there, she was involved in providing technical and sales support to merchants on a range of stewardship mixtures, game cover, roots and cover crops, so is ideally suited to supporting our farmers in their journey through the post-Brexit agricultural landscape.
Mike Chown, Technical Ruminant Manager – UFAC-UK
Mike is the Technical Ruminant Manager for UFAC UK Ltd. Mike was raised on his family’s dairy farm in South West England and has college & Open University education in Mathematics, Statistics, Bio-Chemistry, Animal Physiology and New Developments in Dairy Cow Nutrition, and has more recently gained a post graduate in Ruminant Nutrition from Aberystwyth.
Mike has vast experience in the agriculture supply industry, with both moist and dry feeds, supporting merchants and farmers, and has over 35 years of practical knowledge in semi-complete and TMR on-farm ruminant rationing. More recently Mike was an Industry member of the OptMIR European funded project looking at Milk Fatty Acid Fingerprinting, in relation cow health, rumen fermentation pattern, for optimum performance and healthy milk for the consumer.
Mike’s passion is ruminant nutrition and feeding to genetic potential, via precision feeding, with a particular focus on fatty acids and amino acids. He stresses, we need to use all available farm data to optimise productivity and that genetics, environment and on farm management play a significant role before we look at nutrition.