Five-point clamp checklist to help improve next season’s silage
14 Nov 2017
Five-point clamp checklist to help improve silage
Producers looking to produce more milk from forage should view grass silage clamps as much more than just a forage store. Instead, open clamps provide an invaluable source of information, which can help improve silage-making next year. That is the message from Volac’s silage specialist Derek Nelson, who says silage...
It could pay to push butterfat levels this winter
14 Nov 2017
It could pay to push butterfat levels this winter
Given the increased demand for butter on the wholesale market, pushing butterfat levels by manipulating in winter rations could add £2,400 to the monthly milk cheque. Consumers are switching back to butter and away from margarine and this, coupled with the influence of more baking programmes on TV, has seen a surge in...
Maize silage analyses look promising
02 Nov 2017
Maize silage analyses look promising
Initial analysis of this season’s maize silage suggest that producers will be able to look forward to feeding forage that will perform well in diets. So says Trouw Nutrition GB, which runs the UK’s largest forage analysis laboratory. Reporting on more than 700 samples received by the company already this year,...
Last call for international dairy study tour
30 Oct 2017
Last call for international dairy study tour
Dairy producers can still sign up for opportunity to tour some of Europe’s leading dairy units, as part of a unique trip organised by Alltech. The four-day study tour, which is taking place from November 20 to 24, 2017, will see like-minded producers from across Europe visit a variety of herd in Germany, Netherlands,...
Cow-brush competition winner
27 Oct 2017
Cow-brush competition winner
Warwickshire-based producer Paul Higgins is the proud new owner of a DairySpares cow brush. He was the winner of CowManagement’s UK Dairy Day caption competition. He’s pictured here with DairySpares’ Simon Elliot. Ten other lucky producers each won a CosyCalf jacket and two producers won grass seed mix from Limagrain...
Six herds vie for Gold Cup glory
27 Oct 2017
Six herds vie for Gold Cup glory
Finalists in the 2017 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition have been announced and include two block-calving, grassland-based herds, two high-production Holstein herds, a Channel Island herd, and a grass-based block-calving herd that’s milked once-a-day. This line up reflects the competition’s new remit, which includes...
09 Oct 2017
Bovine TB service launched in England
Producers whose herds are at risk of contracting Bovine Tuberculosis now have access to expert help for advice on protecting their livestock through a new Defra-funded advisory scheme.  The service, launched at the Dairy Show in Shepton Mallett, will provide both on-farm and phone or email advice to producers in ‘High...
09 Oct 2017
Forage equipment range expands
KUHN Farm Machinery has updated its range of hay and silage making equipment with the introduction of its next generation range of GF 1012 series Gyrotedders. The range includes the 8.70-metre mounted GF 8712 and trailed GF 8712 T, as well as the 10.80-metre mounted GF 10812 and trailed GF 10812 T. The machines have...
Greener maize crops may need preservation rethink
12 Sep 2017
Greener maize crops may need preservation rethink
More than three quarters of long-term forage maize growers are now harvesting the crop greener than they used to. Yet a substantial number have not changed how they preserve their crops. These were among the key findings of an Ecosyl survey of how producers approach forage maize harvest and how the crop is ensiled....
Boost spring growth by ‘shattering’ compaction this autumn
12 Sep 2017
Boost spring growth by ‘shattering’ compaction this autumn
Act now to remove soil compaction in grassland and gain next spring from an earlier turnout and increased grass production. That’s the advice from agronomist Ian Robertson, of Sustainable Soil Management. “The deeper soil compaction caused by heavy machinery can reduce grass dry matter yields by up to 25%. This...