Robotic feed pusher uses ‘invisible’ transponder technology
20 Feb 2018
Robotic feed pusher uses ‘invisible’ transponder technology
A robotic feed pusher – the Joz Moov – has been launched into the UK by Stamford Agricultural Services. The Moov’s path is determined by tiny transponders that are sunk into the ground, ensuring that the machine stays in line to move rations up to the barrier. This ensures that cows have access to feed at all times....
Teat dip-spray for robots launched at Dairy-Tech
20 Feb 2018
Teat dip-spray for robots launched at Dairy-Tech
A teat spray and dip, formulate to help manage the wear and tear of multiple daily milkings, has been launched by Envirosystems. Designed originally for use in robotic milking systems, but suitable for all parlour set ups, EnviroCare Unique can be used both pre- and post-milking. Unique to the UK, it contains a human...
Dam ‘well being’ and calf-rearing protocols impact on cow productivity
12 Feb 2018
Dam ‘well being’ and calf-rearing protocols impact on cow productivity
The productivity of adult cows depends, in part, on the well-being of their dam and calf-rearing protocols. So said Cargill’s calf and heifer specialist Bianca Theeruth, speaking at February’s Dairy-Tech event. She told producers that the management of the dam could have a bearing on her calf, well beyond the post-...
Calf milk replacer range launched at Dairy-Tech
12 Feb 2018
Calf milk replacer range launched at Dairy-Tech
Dairy-Tech 2018 saw Volac unveil a range of calf milk replacers that have been performance-formulated to give dairy calves the best possible start in life. The company says that its Lifeguard milk formula range has been specifically designed to meet the rapidly evolving demands of modern calf rearers. Concentrated...
Thomas and Claire Dickinson were presented with the Lilyhill Cup, at Dairy-Tech, by NMR chairman Trevor Lloyd (left) and RABDF president Lord Curry (right)
12 Feb 2018
Yorkshire-based Jersey herd wins top award
Thomas Dickinson, one of the finalists in the 2017 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup, has scooped the Lilyhill Cup as the highest ranked Jersey herd in the competition. Thomas and his wife Claire, who farm at Scaftworth near Doncaster, were presented with the award by NMR chairman Trevor Lloyd and RABDF president Lord Donald Curry...
Brothers Rich & Chris Norman (2nd L, 2nd R), herd manager Krisztian Takacs, NMR chairman Trevor Lloyd (L) and RABDF president Lord Curry (R)
12 Feb 2018
Grassland-based dairy wins NMR RABDF Gold Cup 2017
Brothers Chris and Rich Norman and their team from The Leen, at Pembridge in Herefordshire, have won the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup 2017. Runner-up and recipient of the NMR Silver Salver is James Tomlinson, parents David and Sheila and wife Eleanor, from Bilsborrow, Lancashire. Anaerobic digester The Normans have developed a...
Additive bottles designed for ease of use
19 Jan 2018
Additive bottles designed for ease of use
A robust range of user-friendly packaging has been introduced for Ecosyl 100 and Ecocool silage additives for 2018. The high-density polyethylene (HDPE) two-litre bottles are easier to handle during busy fill-ups and when transporting on-farm and they also offer improved resilience to factors such as temperature and...
Feed calves more in cold weather to avoid growth checks
19 Jan 2018
Feed calves more in cold weather to avoid growth checks
There are some ‘added extras’ in caring for calves during the winter – just like getting a vehicle ready for the colder months. So says Cargill’s calf and heifer specialist Bianca Theeruth. “As temperatures fall, calves need extra energy for maintenance, so we need to feed more to avoid energy being diverted from...
Study highlight importance of regular heifer weighing
10 Jan 2018
Study highlight importance of regular heifer weighing
The importance of regularly weighing young stock has been further underlined following results from AHDB Dairy’s two-year Calf to Calving project, which identified huge variation in growth rates within batches of heifers. The UK-wide initiative started in the autumn 2015, with the aim of helping producers to improve...
Producers must take health and safety more seriously
05 Jan 2018
Producers must take health and safety more seriously
A leading agricultural risk expert fears that producers are risking severe financial repercussions, and even jail, because they are unaware of tougher penalties for health and safety breaches. Lycetts Risk Management Services’ Richard Wade is worried there is a lack of knowledge among the farming community around The...