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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Farming Notes

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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White Clover - the Benefits

White Clover - the Benefits

Incorporating white clover into grassland has the potential to boost pasture production per hectare, raise milk production, improve forage quality and reduce fertiliser r...

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Winter Bedding Options Farming Note

Winter Bedding Options Farming Note

With straw supplies limited and expensive, different bedding options may prove economic for your herd. An increase in straw price of £15/tonne would typically increase c...

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Winter Catch Crops Farming Note

Winter Catch Crops Farming Note

Winter catch crops can be an economic alternative if your winter forage stocks are looking low. The use of root crops and leafy forages can provide high quality feeds f...

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Winter Feed Requirements Farming Note

Winter Feed Requirements Farming Note

Calculate your winter feed requirements and plan ahead now to minimise costly feed shortages in the winter. With many farms currently feeding first cut silage and/or who...

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Winter Water Farming Note

Winter Water Farming Note

A plentiful, high quality and accessible water supply is fundamental to optimising milk production and animal health. If water intake is restricted, feed intake will be r...

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