Dairy

  • DAIRY - Take Back Control of Transition Dairy Cows at Grass

    1 May 2017

    Managing dry cows can be difficult at the best of times but none more so than during the summer months. The temptation is to open the gate and watch them kick their heels up into a lush green fieldbut there are some management and nutritional points we should take into consideration. Grass will be your cheapest form of feed and an excellent way of supplying energy and protein in a very palatab...

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  • DAIRY - Calf + Monitor

    7 Apr 2017

    A bench marking scheme for heifer calf performance has highlighted a huge variance in growth rates on dairy farms across Scotland and northern England. The Calf+ Monitor scheme, launched by nutrition specialists Harbro in 2015, aims to provide an insight into heifer performance and to help pinpoint where management can be improved. Enrolling in the scheme is voluntary and the units involved u...

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  • DAIRY - Important Winter Feeding Decisions

    1 Nov 2016

    As the days draw in and grass growth drops off, many of you are now looking towards winter housing and how to maximise milk production as economically as possible to recoup some margin on the improving milk price.

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  • DAIRY - Productivity and Herd Improvements for Orkney Dairy Herds

    1 Sep 2016

    Orkney’s 2200 dairy cows, owned by 17 units, produce liquid milk for local distribution and enough to provide 25 tonnes per week of the famous Orkney Cheese, which is manufactured in the farmer-run cheese factory and widely exported.

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  • DAIRY - Somatic Cell Counts and Reducing Bacterial Challenge

    1 Sep 2016

    Keeping cattle housed poses its own challenges in terms of bedding cleanliness, microbial challenge and udder health. The first indication of a possible microbial challenge on farm is elevated somatic cell counts (SCC), the majority of which are white blood cells produced in ever increasing numbers in milk as an immune response to a bacterial challenge within the udder.

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