15 Oct 2018
Release more energy from forage-based rations
Producers could boost milk from home-grown feed this winter by adding a feed supplement that supports forage digestion to rations. AB Neo’s latest product, OptiPartum-C+, contains specific enzymes that can break down the starch and fibre fraction of the ration, allowing the animal to utilise a higher proportion of...
15 Oct 2018
Plan ahead to manage silage shortages
Despite results from Trouw Nutrition GB suggesting that this year’s silage is good quality, producers are being encouraged to plan ahead to help manage any shortages.   Quality Liquid Feeds’ Rob Fowkes says that although the growing season has not significantly impacted silage quality, it has impacted on quantity....
09 Oct 2018
Six herds vie for NMR/RABDF Gold Cup 2018
Finalists in the 2018 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition have been announced and include five Holstein herds and one cross-bred herd – from across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. This year’s contenders are: The Firm of A Harvey, Drum Farm, Beeswing, Dumfries Metcalfe Farms, Washfold Farm, Leyburn, North...
05 Oct 2018
Rumen buffers launched to meet winter-feeding challenges
Two rumen buffers have been launched to help producers and their nutritionists balance winter dairy rations, particularly where limited grass and maize silages are available and alternative forages and feedstuffs are being used. Both products are based on Cargill’s Equaliser rumen buffer. The first, Equaliser Fibre+,...
05 Oct 2018
Low-cost mixer wagon to be launched at AgriScot
In response to producer demand for a low-cost and ‘no frills’ small mixer wagon, OPICO will be launching the Strautmann Verti-Mix 1201 to the UK market at AgriScot. This machine has a mixing capacity of 12m3 and requires only around 60 hp to run. It has the same quality of build and engineering as the rest of the...
02 Oct 2018
Win a badger-proof trough in TBAS competition
Producers in the bovine tuberculosis (bTB) high-risk and edge areas of England have until the end of the month to enter a competition to win a badger-proof feed trough, courtesy of IAE. All producers receiving a free bTB advice visit from the TB Advisory Service before October 31, 2018, will automatically be entered...
Bluetongue spreads when infected midges bite an animal affected by the disease
25 Sep 2018
Bluetongue virus detected in two imported cattle
Producers are being urged to remain vigilant for bluetongue virus after the disease was successfully picked up in two cattle imported from France through routine post-import testing regime. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Pirbright Institute identified the disease in the animals when they were...
20 Sep 2018
Automatic feed pusher installed on UK unit
A robotic feed pusher with a twin-spiralled rotating auger, which allows feed to be remixed without damaging or crushing the forage, has been installed on a Gloucestershire-based unit. The first installation in the UK of DeLaval’s OptiDuo, supplied by dairy specialists T H White, is now helping to feed David Merrett’s...
Good silage quality should be carefully balanced this winter
17 Sep 2018
Good silage quality should be carefully balanced this winter
The latest silage results from Trouw Nutrition GB suggest that while most forages are good quality, quantity will be the major issue. Announcing the latest results for both first- and second-cut grass silage and for fermented wholecrop, at the UK Dairy Day, the company’s Liz Homer said that while the headline figures...
14 Sep 2018
Take steps to make cow-hygiene savings at housing
  With winter housing fast approaching, producers are being advised to review their cow hygiene products. Simple changes can be made to support hygienic milk production while saving on costs of teat disinfectant. So says Diversey’s Rob Kelly, who explains that while cows are out at grass they are at greater risk of...