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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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DELAYED SLURRY APPLICATIONS POSE RISK TO SILAGE

Farmers forced into delaying slurry applications to grassland by the wet winter must take steps to protect against heightened risks from slurry bacteria contaminating silage clamps, in order to ensure an efficient fermentation, a livestock specialist is warning. According to Ken Stroud of Volac, many farmers have only recently managed to apply slurry, after previously […]

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VACCINATE NEWBORN LAMBS IF ORF IS A FLOCK PROBLEM

About 80% of shepherds running flocks in the south west of England believe they have seen orf in their sheep, yet only around 15% of these farms are vaccinating to control the impact of the disease in their flock. That’s according to a recent survey organised by the South West Initiative for Sheep Health (SWISH). […]

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FIVE STEPS TO IMPROVING HYGIENE

Simple steps to improving hygiene can significantly reduce the spread of diseases on farm. Animals gathered together in sheds are highly vulnerable to diseases and whilst the nation looks to maintain a good level of human hygiene, farmers can also take steps to protect their livestock too. Sorgene® Xtra is a Defra approved, broad spectrum […]

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HIGH BIOMASS CLOVER OFFERS NEW LAND RECOVERY OPTION

A new high biomass annual clover, included in spring-sown catch crop mixtures alongside short term ryegrasses, could offer dual benefits for farmers struggling with ground that has been waterlogged and left uncropped over winter. According to forage crop specialist Germinal, the fast-growing Fixation clover – launched by the company in the UK this season – […]

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WILTING SPEED TO BE DEMONSTRATED BY VOLAC AT GRASSLAND & MUCK EVENT

How to wilt grass rapidly in order to minimise nutrient losses in the field once it has been cut for silage? That is a key question being addressed by Volac at this year’s Grassland and Muck Event (Ragley Estate, Warwickshire, 20-21 May, 2020). According to Peter Smith, Ecosyl silage specialist for Volac, wilting grass to […]

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Grass should be wilted as quickly as possible to 30% dry matter, but not much beyond that, said Peter Smith

2020 VISION FOR MORE MILK FROM FORAGE

Significant increases in grass energy yield/ha – and the improved milk from forage potential resulting – were highlighted in the findings of two new research projects presented at a recent industry briefing. Work on the value of sward quality and a separate study on multi-cut silage, carried out by Germinal and Volac respectively, were revealed […]

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RYEGRASS BLENDS OFFER COST-EFFECTIVE BARE SOILS SOLUTION

Sowing a high performance ryegrass catch crop this spring could offer a flexible low risk solution for farmers with bare ground following aborted autumn drilling. Specialist catch crop mixtures tested in Field Options’ trials programme at Harper Adams University (HAU) have the potential to produce more than 10tDM/ha in the season immediately following spring sowing. […]

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BEST PRACTICE REQUIRED TO MAXIMISE THE BENEFITS OF MULTI CUT SILAGE

Dairy farmers opting for a modern multi cut approach to grass silage making should prioritise ley mixture selection, timings and nutrient management in order to ensure best results, according to Germinal GB’s Helen Mathieu. Speaking at Dairy-Tech 2020, Ms Mathieu reported growing popularity of earlier and more frequent cutting strategies but said that best practice […]

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SHEPHERDS URGED TO FEED MORE GOOD QUALITY COLOSTRUM

Shepherds are being urged to feed newborn surplus lambs more good quality colostrum during the crucial first 24 hours of life because up to 80% of UK sheep producers may not be feeding enough. According to results from the annual Volac Lamlac surplus lamb rearing intentions survey, carried out at the end of 2019, only […]

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