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ACT NOW TO GET ON TOP OF SHEEP LAMENESS

Sheep flocks often suffer from an increase in lameness during the later summer months, so much so that shepherds are being urged to implement disease mitigation measures in the run up to weaning. “There does tend to be a seasonal spike in sheep lameness during the summer – but equally it’s the ideal time to […]

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OPTIONS FOR MINIMISING FORAGE SHORTFALLS

Livestock farmers concerned about forage shortfalls in the wake of an exceptionally dry May could include summer-drilled brassica fodder crops as part of a wider strategy, thereby taking the pressure off silage clamps this coming autumn and winter. The advice comes from Germinal GB’s Helen Mathieu, who acknowledged the impact that recent drought conditions could […]

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ALKALISE WHOLE CEREAL CROPS THIS HARVEST TO COMPLEMENT AND BOLSTER MULTI-CUT GRASS SILAGE YIELDS

Dairy farmers making multi-cut grass silage this summer can complement perfectly what ends up in the clamp by alkalising at harvest any home-grown whole (grain and straw) cereal crops to make Alkalage. That’s the message from home-grown feed alkalisation specialist  FiveF Alka, who points out that making astute decisions pre-harvest about feed crops already in […]

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PROTECT NEW SEASON LAMBS FROM SPRING DISEASE THREATS

Following good weather across the UK during the first four weeks of April – allowing many ewes and newborn lambs to be turned out in near perfect conditions on many farms – sheep producers are being urged to protect healthy growing lambs from preventable disease threats during May and June. Unnecessary losses from clostridial diseases, […]

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WHEN IT COMES TO CALCIUM SALT FAT SUPPLEMENTS, SIZE MATTERS

Research by Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients at the National University of Singapore indicates that granule size has a major impact on the degree of rumen-protection of fat supplements. While the physical nature of calcium salt-type fat supplements may initially not seem important, research findings indicate that granule size has a major impact on the degree […]

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BRITISH FARMER SUPPORT FROM VOLAC

Farmers in Great Britain buying Volac-manufactured calf milk replacer can claim two free bags of product with every pallet purchased during May, June and July 2020. The British family-owned company has asked its merchant partner distributors to support this free product offer as a practical way of supporting local calf rearers during the on-going coronavirus […]

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NEW ALKALISED HEIFER REARING RATION OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE YOUNGSTOCK PERFORMANCE

New practical on-farm trial work suggests replacement dairy heifers can be reared highly effectively on an alkalised energy-dense compound feed offering some farmers an opportunity to improve animal performance. A randomised study looking at the performance of 48 weaned pedigree Holstein heifer calves on a farm in North Yorkshire suggests that the utilisation of a […]

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BEAT THE SPRING BUTTERFAT DIP

Dairy farmers looking to counter the seasonal dip in milk butterfat level immediately after turnout should concentrate on improving the feed fat profile of the milking cow ration and effective rumen buffering. That’s the advice from ruminant nutritionist Jacob Lakin from Azelis Animal Nutrition, who says that, typically, a herd average winter ration-based milk butterfat […]

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MITIGATING BUTTERFAT DEPRESSION AT TURNOUT

As dairy producers begin to turn out herds for spring grazing, optimising rumen function is essential to mitigate butterfat depression. According to Dr Richard Kirkland, Global Technical Manager for Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients, there are two key factors that contribute to the dip in butterfat production that is so common at turnout. “First off, cows […]

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MODERN SWEDES OFFER NUTRITIOUS OUT-WINTERING OPTION

UK field trials with the new generation swede variety Triumph have demonstrated its value as a cost effective out-wintering option for livestock farmers. In studies carried out by forage seed specialist Germinal GB during 2018 and 2019, crops monitored on farms in England, Wales and Scotland recorded bulb yields of 9tDM/ha with high levels of […]

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NEW DIGITAL RUMINANT MARKETING AND TECHNICAL CPD RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR HOME-WORKING VETS AND ANIMAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

MSD Animal Health has boosted its library of on-line CPD resources to help vets and animal health professionals communicate remotely and provide technical training content when working from home. The digital training material includes a range of new downloadable marketing resources for vets and SQPs to help maintain efficient communications with their farmer customer base […]

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