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Man or Beast Farming Note

Man or Beast Farming Note

The average 100 cow herd loses over £18,000 per year due to poor fertility. Improving herd fertility is a huge topic and choosing the right service method for your syste...

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Rumen Acidosis Farming Note

Rumen Acidosis Farming Note

Clinical or sub-acute acidosis exists in virtually all herds and is a major cause of lameness and lost production. The higher the yield, the higher the risk of rumen acid...

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Simple Parlour Checks Farming Note

Simple Parlour Checks Farming Note

The milking parlour is the hardest working machine on most farms yet it rarely gets the attention it deserves. A poorly functioning parlour will increase the risk of mast...

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Pedometers: A Step in the Right Direction? Farming Note

Pedometers: A Step in the Right Direction? Farming Note

It's a shocking statistic but only 50% of all heats are detected in the average herd. Increasing this by 10% would save over £7,000 per year for a typical 150 cow herd. ...

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Feed Storage Farming Note

Feed Storage Farming Note

Effective feed storage saves both time and money. Feed storage bins can dilapidate over time and this can increase feed spoilage and increase the risk of a bin collapsin...

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Contract Heifer Rearing Farming Note

Contract Heifer Rearing Farming Note

Contract heifer rearing involves setting up an agreement with another farmer to rear your heifers rather than doing it yourself. This frees up time and capital, allows yo...

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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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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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