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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Farming Notes

Butterfat Farming Note

Butterfat Farming Note

The financial incentive for butterfat levels is highly variable and will depend on milk contract. For most contracts, increasing butterfat percentage must not be at the ...

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BVD - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus Farming Note

BVD - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus Farming Note

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) is one of the most significant viral infections of cattle and can affect animals of all ages. It is prevalent in UK dairy herds, with a...

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BVDv - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (updated)

BVDv - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (updated)

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDv) is one of the most significant viral infections of cattle, affecting all ages, including the unborn calf.

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Calcium & Phosphorus in Lactation Diets Farming Note

Calcium & Phosphorus in Lactation Diets Farming Note

Do you see a lot of milk fevers in your herd? Do you have problems with retained cleansings? Calcium and phosphorus are two of the most important minerals, particularly ...

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Calf Housing Farming Note

Calf Housing Farming Note

It is estimated that more than 6% of calves die before they reach six months of age, most of these losses occur in the first month of the calves’ life and many are a re...

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Calf Management Farming Note

Calf Management Farming Note

Kingshay's Youngstock Management Survey showed that 87% of farmers have seen cases of calf pneumonia and 50% joint ill on their farm. Good calf management is crucial if a...

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Calf pneumonia

Calf pneumonia

Bovine respiratory disease is a major health problem in calves which has both long-term and short-term deleterious consequences.  It is a multifactorial disease which ca...

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Calf Scours

Calf Scours

Diarrhoea or ‘scours’ is one of the leading causes of mortality in pre-weaned calves, particularly in the first month of life. The cost of an outbreak of scour can av...

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Calf Scours (Bacterial) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Bacterial) Farming Note

Bacterial calf scours can be seriously debilitating and even fatal in the young pre-weaned calf. Losses range from £50 to £165 per exposed calf. This Farming Note cove...

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Calf Scours (Parasite Infections) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Parasite Infections) Farming Note

Loss of condition, reduced liveweight gains and even mortality can all be caused by calf scour parasite infections, cryptosporidium and coccidiosis. It is difficult to q...

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Calf Scours (Viruses) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Viruses) Farming Note

55% of calf mortality from scours is due to Rotavirus and Corona virus. It is emotionally and economically draining trying to nurse scouring calves back to health, whilst...

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Calf Weaning

Calf Weaning

Traditional calf feeding practice limits milk fed to encourage early intakes of concentrates and promote earlier weaning, to cut feed costs and labour. Recent research ho...

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