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Cross Breeding Farming Note

Cross Breeding Farming Note

Cross-breeding can lead to a 5-7% increase in production traits and 8-10% increase in health and fertility traits, worth around £5,840 per 100 cows. Cross-breeding is n...

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Butterfat & Fertility at Grass Farming Note

Butterfat & Fertility at Grass Farming Note

Well managed spring grass provides a high quality (typically 12 ME, 18% CP) and cost effective feed (£88/t DM) in most areas of the UK. The change from winter diets to l...

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Spring Wholecrop - What are the Options? Farming Note

Spring Wholecrop - What are the Options? Farming Note

Barley or wheat? Undersow or not? Spring wholecrop can be a very useful alternative feed to maize and is very good as a break crop. There are a wide range of crops that ...

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Employing People - Staff Management & Motivation Farming Note

Employing People - Staff Management & Motivation Farming Note

No matter how comprehensive and well thought out your plans for the business, they are worthless without people - you, your employees and your family. People are your gre...

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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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Heat Detection Methods Farming Note

Heat Detection Methods Farming Note

Effective heat detection methods are essential in every herd using AI. Missed heats result in a poorer calving interval, lower milk production per year and higher cull an...

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Sand Cubicles - The Gold Standard? Farming Note

Sand Cubicles - The Gold Standard? Farming Note

Well maintained sand cubicles can provide an excellent bed for milking cows. If kept clean, sand does not support bacterial growth and can therefore present a lower masti...

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Effective Milking Routines Farming Note

Effective Milking Routines Farming Note

Effective milking routines balance the conflict between maintaining udder health and maximising parlour throughput. Effective milking routines can increase milk yields, s...

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Employing People - Take Time to Make Time Farming Note

Employing People - Take Time to Make Time Farming Note

Are you making the most efficient use of labour on your farm. Herds on Dairy Manager Full Costs have an annual labour cost of over £44,000 per 100 cows or 3.8ppl (this i...

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Energy Feeds Farming Note (includes feed information chart)

Energy Feeds Farming Note (includes feed information chart)

Energy is the key nutrient to aid good health, fertility and performance. Low energy intake is the major nutritional factor linked to dairy cow feeding problems. Getting ...

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Milking Frequency Farming Note

Milking Frequency Farming Note

Adjusting both the pattern and frequency of milking can affect the profitability of your business. Could changing your milking pattern, e.g. 10:14 to 12:12 hour milking i...

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Maize Varieties Report 2013

Maize Varieties Report 2013

The Kingshay Maize Variety Report emphasises the importance of choosing the right variety to reduce risk and produce a profitable crop of maize and also highlights those ...

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