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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Farming Notes

Understanding Magnesium Balance Farming Note

Understanding Magnesium Balance Farming Note

Magnesium balance is important for health and production. Low magnesium levels are linked to grass staggers and milk fever. Excessive supplementation will result in scour...

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Understanding Your Parlour Farming Note

Understanding Your Parlour Farming Note

A poorly functioning parlour will damage teats, increase the risk of mastitis and slow milking time. Understanding your parlour is critical to optimise milking and cow...

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Urea Treated Wholecrop & Alkalage Farming Note

Urea Treated Wholecrop & Alkalage Farming Note

Wholecrop can be barvested at a range of dry matters. Wholecrop silages which are over 55% dry matter can be preserved by urea treatment. Urea treated wholecrop offers ad...

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Urea vs. Ammonium Nitrate Farming Note

Urea vs. Ammonium Nitrate Farming Note

In Britain, approximately 85% of Fertiliser-N used is in the form of Ammonium Nitrate (AN), whilst Urea in its solid or liquid form only contributes 15%. This is in stark...

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Using Fertility Indices Farming Note

Using Fertility Indices Farming Note

A key to reversing the general trend of declining fertility is to use the right measures which focus on getting cows pregnant. Most of the traditional measures are histor...

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Using Wind & Solar Energy Farming Note

Using Wind & Solar Energy Farming Note

Whilst using energy efficiently is clearly important, farmers are in a good position to reduce their electricity cost by making use of alternative energy sources. Wind p...

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Vaccination Planning Farming Note

Vaccination Planning Farming Note

Vaccination is a crucial tool in disease control and in improving the health of your herd. Vaccines are available for many of the common diseases of cattle and their use...

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Ventilation Farming Note

Ventilation Farming Note

Poor dairy building ventilation can have dramatic consequences on milk production. Research suggests 50% of buildings designed for livestock are not suited to the housed ...

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Vitamin Requirements for Dairy Cows Farming Note

Vitamin Requirements for Dairy Cows Farming Note

Vitamins are essential for cattle growth, production, reproduction and health, and deficiencies have serious implications. Maintaining the correct vitamin levels in the ...

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Water Quality Farming Note

Water Quality Farming Note

Water is an essential part of the cow's diet and water quality can affect performance and health.  Water accounts for 50-80% of an animal’s weight and is essential f...

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Water Supply Farming Note

Water Supply Farming Note

Dairy cows will drink up to 160 litres in 24 hours so their water supply must make that readily available. Minor restrictions in water availability can reduce water intak...

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White Clover  - How to Establish

White Clover - How to Establish

Good establishment, along with a well-designed weed management and nitrogen application program is vital to ensure the full benefits of including white clover in a ley ar...

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