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MILKING SYSTEM TECHNICIAN ACCREDITATION COURSES ANNOUNCED

The Milking Equipment Association (MEA) has launched its new Milking System Technician Accreditation (MSTA) courses, announcing the start dates and supporting colleges that will deliver the course content. Category 2 courses for new technicians looking to improve their skills and knowledge will be delivered by Hartpury College starting October 12th.  Category 3 courses for experienced […]

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FEEDING RUMEN-PROTECTED FAT SUPPLEMENTS REMAIN PROFITABLE GOING INTO LATE SUMMER

Updated milk contract prices for August and September show UK dairy farmers are still achieving notable returns on investment upwards of 88 percent when feeding rumen-protected fat supplements, shows data from Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredient’s performance-to-financial correlation model. Across the board, dairy farmers are seeing an increase in both manufacturing and liquid milk contract prices […]

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ALIGN OILSEED RAPE DRILLING TO SOIL MOISTURE, GROWERS URGED

Winter oilseed (WOSR) rape growers facing continued dry soils should not rush into drilling the crop too early, says ProCam technical development manager, Rob Adamson. According to Mr Adamson, there has been a shift to drilling WOSR earlier in recent years, primarily with the aim of getting crops established ahead of cabbage stem flea beetle […]

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MIND THE GAP: USE A PRE-EMERGENCE HERBICIDE TO ALLOW OSR TO STEAL A MARCH ON WEEDS

With rapeseed prices remaining high, those growers who are intending to drill a crop (if and when rainfall allows) should use a pre-emergence herbicide to guard against weed competition during the crop’s establishment phase. That’s the advice from Dr Bill Lankford, herbicide technical specialist at ADAMA, who cautions against the temptation to withhold herbicide applications […]

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MANAGING END OF SEASON GRAZING TO SUPPORT NEXT SPRING’S FORAGE PRODUCTION

Virtual fencing technology helps with autumn grazing management in preparation for the 2023 season. With grass growth slowing down and the end of the grazing season approaching, virtual fencing technology offers livestock producers a unique tool to start management for 2023 forage production, says farm consultant James Daniel, Managing Director for Precision Grazing Ltd. Perennial […]

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NEW KUHN AUTONOMOUS DIET FEEDER LAUNCHED

KUHN has launched a new self-propelled, autonomous diet feeder capable of feeding 280 cows. The new AURA works autonomously using GPS and RTK to move around a farm collecting and feeding out a TMR. Inbuilt loading and weighing modules calculate the exact mix of forage material including grass and maize, along with any supplements and […]

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REDUCE RISK OF CHLORATE RESIDUES

Dairy farms should eliminate chlorine-based products in final rinses to reduce the risk of chlorate residues in milk products. The latest advice from the Milking Equipment Association (MEA) states that cleaning and disinfection of milking equipment should avoid or replace the use of chlorine in the final rinses. MEA Chair, John Baines, says: “EU Legislation […]

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NEW REGIONAL AGRONOMY MANAGER AT ADAMA UK

ADAMA Agricultural Solutions UK Ltd. has appointed Kirsty McKenzie as the company’s regional agronomy manager in central England. As part of ADAMA’s expanding regional agronomy team, Kirsty will provide technical support and advice to growers, agronomists and trade partners in central England to ensure they are able to realise the maximum value and efficacy from […]

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NEW ANDROID CROP SCOUTING APP LAUNCHED

An Android version of the pioneering Skippy Scout mobile app has been launched by agricultural software specialist Drone Ag. “This app has been built specifically for Android users with a new interface that is compatible with any device anywhere in the world,” says Drone Ag founder Jack Wrangham. Skippy Scout was launched in 2019 on […]

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RETAIN NITROGEN AND REDUCE EMISSIONS WITH NEW SLURRY IMPROVER

MicroZyme slurry improvers have been launched in the UK by slurry specialist Tramspread. The biological slurry additive reduces solids and ammonia emissions whilst improving nitrogen retention. Managing director, Terry Baker says: “MicroZyme products will reduce emissions and improve the value of slurry to the crop and soil. The unique bacteria in MicroZyme R (ruminant) and […]

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