15 Feb 2019
First 100% grass-fed organic cheddar launched
West Country cheese-maker Lye Cross Farm, based at Redhill near Bristol, has launched a cheddar cheese produce using milk from herds that are 100% grass fed.   Genuine 100% grass-fed dairy products have a more balanced omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid profile, and additional vitamins and minerals, compared to milk from...
13 Feb 2019
Selenium supplement offers immunity boost
A selenium supplement, which has been developed to help ensure that cows are better placed to fight immune-system challenges, particularly around transition and other periods of high oxidative stress, has been launched by Zinpro. AvailaSe is a unique organic form of selenium and is the only selenium source proven to...
08 Feb 2019
Pocket-size analyser offers instant on-farm results
Producers and nutritionists can now measure silage dry matter on farm, using a hand-held sensor, in less than a minute. Eurofins Agro UK, in partnership with Consumer Physics, launched the SCiO sensor at Dairy-Tech 2019. This is an a on-farm feed analysis tool, which is already being used by early adopters in the UK,...
07 Feb 2019
North Yorkshire-based team scoops Gold Cup
Philip Metcalfe and his dairy team, based at Metcalfe Farms near Leyburn in North Yorkshire, have won the 2018 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. The industry’s top dairy award was presented by HRH The Princess Royal at Dairy-Tech, held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, on February 6, 2019. Metcalfe Farms is owned and run by...
29 Jan 2019
Dynamic parlour testing is key to efficiency
The importance of a dynamic test carried out by a qualified Parlour Safe-accredited professional, to fully assess the parlour and milking routine, has never been more important as we head into 2019 and continuing market volatility. So says milking machine specialist John Baines, who stresses that ensuring that the...
28 Jan 2019
Facial recognition tech will help to customise cow care
Facial recognition technology will be demonstrated by Cargill at Dairy-Tech on February 6, 2019. Cainthus, a company in which Cargill has an equity investment, uses this predictive imaging to help producers customise care for their animals. Monitoring behaviour The technology monitors behaviour to give an insight...
22 Jan 2019
Huge potential for profitable dairy beef market
Beef producers should re-evaluate their approach to dairy beef as it provides enormous opportunities to boost production and meet market demands. So says Robert Drysdale, founder of Straightline Beef, who told a recent Crediton Milling Company meeting, in Devon, that the UK beef market has huge potential for growth....
16 Jan 2019
Silage-testing method offers greater nutritional insight
A method of testing silage is now available to producer that the developers claim will open up possibilities for greater insight into ruminant nutrition. Using the new analytical method, silage samples are dried and ground before being scanned using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) equipment. And this means more...
08 Jan 2019
Take a closer look at rumen-bypass protein source
Rumen-bypass protein is essential in nearly every modern dairy ration, but few producers fully appreciate the impact that different sources can have on feed costs, cow performance and nitrogen excretion. So says KW nutritionist Charlotte Ward, adding that balancing this year’s high protein grass silages is a typical...
07 Jan 2019
Open days have a positive impact on public perception
Producers who invite the public onto their farms are having a lasting positive impact, with nearly 90% of visitors in 2018 saying that it changed the way they think about farming. 
 
This is 12% up on 2017, according to a survey of visitors to LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) events in 2018, collected by LEAF...