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December Checklist

December Checklist

This month’s checklist looks at: Winter Routines – are you chasing your tail? Pest Control Perfect Preparation - are you fully prepared for a sudden cold snap...

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Labour Employed vs Contract

Labour Employed vs Contract

Sourcing and maintaining high-quality staff is key to making a farming business run smoothly. However, there are several recruitment routes and trying to decide which wor...

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Youngstock Housing Farming Note

Youngstock Housing Farming Note

Replacement heifers account for almost 10% of on-farm costs, yet the Kingshay 2012 Youngstock Survey found that 15.5% of first-calving heifers fail to calve into the milk...

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How to Get the Most From Your Vet Farming Note

How to Get the Most From Your Vet Farming Note

To maximise the health and performance of any dairy herd, it’s essential that all dairy farms work hand-in-hand with their vet to proactively prevent disease. No modern...

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Cross Breeding – Choosing a bull for Cross Breeding

Cross Breeding – Choosing a bull for Cross Breeding

Once the decision has been made to cross breed, it’s important to establish a clear, well planned breeding programme and choose bulls based on the qualities you want, a...

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November Checklist

November Checklist

What are our cows telling us? Are we listening? Lighting, Worms, Fluke and Environmental Permitting Regulations are covered in this month’s checklist as well as our reg...

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Cross Breeding – Why Cross Breed?

Cross Breeding – Why Cross Breed?

Cross breeding could form part of the solution for those farmers looking to make improvements in herd health, fertility and robustness.   Issued Oct 2017. About...

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Labour & Machinery Costs

Labour & Machinery Costs

Continued pressure on dairy incomes forces many businesses to look harder at their cost of production. Labour together with power and machinery costs, account for 36% of ...

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Slurry Nitrogen Efficiency

Slurry Nitrogen Efficiency

Utilising slurry to get the maximum of the available nutrients for grass growth can save significant amounts money, without compromising forage output. Testing slurry nu...

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October Checklist

October Checklist

Late season grazing including information to avoid damaging wet soils, calf building ventilation, grass production: using annual yields to make management decisions and o...

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Catch Crop After Maize

Catch Crop After Maize

A timely maize harvest this season could provide the perfect window of opportunity to plant a highly productive, cost effective, catch crop grass ley. Doing so would prov...

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Body Condition Score

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a simple and effective farm management tool. It is a measure of body fat/energy reserves, that can be used to aid decisions or troubleshoo...

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