Dairy

  • DAIRY - Maxammon Wholecrop maximises existing assets for peak performance.

    9 Oct 2017

    Scott Murchie is a third-generation dairy farmer at Gullielands Farm in Annan in Dumfriesshire, where he milks 310 dairy cows and finishes 100 black and white bulls. He also grows 100 acres of barley, all of which is used to feed the cows. Having treated grain with Maxammon for many years, for the first time last year, Scott cut the entire area as wholecrop, which he then processed with the Max...

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  • DAIRY - Putting the Rumen at the Heart of Dairy Farm Efficiency

    9 Oct 2017

    The dictionary definition of efficient reads as follows: ‘If something or someone is efficient, they are able to do tasks successfully, without wasting time or energy.’ The word efficient is regularly used when we talk about farming and farmers are often challenged to become more efficient. However, if we look at farming and milk production, we can see that through its use of technology...

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  • DAIRY - The Green, Green Grass of Home

    1 May 2017

    As the days lengthen and conditions start to warm up, the potential of utilising quality grazing into dairy rations becomes a welcome consideration again. Many regions of the world will indeed look upon our green isle at this time of year with some degree of envy because of our abundant ability to grow such a cheap high energy/high protein crop such as grass.  However, although grazed grass do...

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  • DAIRY- Calf+ Monitor

    1 May 2017

    A benchmarking 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 us...

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  • 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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