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Selective Dry Cow Management

Selective Dry Cow Management

The typical method for preventing new infections and treatment of intra-mammary infections during the dry period has historically been the blanket use of Dry Cow Therapy....

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January Checklist

January Checklist

This month’s checklist covers: New Year, new start…. – what are you going to do differently this year? Grants currently available Forage planning, Nutrient ...

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Monitoring Mastitis Farming Note

Monitoring Mastitis Farming Note

Every clinical case of mastitis costs around £290. Currently the top 25% of farmers achieve 22 mastitis cases per 100 cows, while the group average is 41 cases per 100 c...

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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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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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