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Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Cows and concrete are a difficult combination. Despite the clear benefits of concrete for managing housed cows, it is not a very comfortable standing surface and can be h...

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Metritis Farming Note

Metritis Farming Note

Good uterine health is critical to launch cows on a healthy, productive course after calving. Between 15 and 25% of all fresh cows and 80% of cows with retained cleanings...

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Maize Sprays & Treatments Farming Note

Maize Sprays & Treatments Farming Note

Weed control is critical in a cost effective maize crop. There are now approximately only 11 active ingredients available in the UK compared to over 70 in France. Selecti...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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