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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Breeding

A2 Milk Farming Note

A2 Milk Farming Note

Most herds produce milk containing two types of beta casein, A1 and A2, however there is a small minority who are intolerant to the A1 protein. A2 milk is produced by co...

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Assisted Calving Farming Note

Assisted Calving Farming Note

Management of a cow at calving is a pivotal part of setting her up to cope with the stresses and demands of lactation. Recognising when to assist a calving cow and the ...

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Body Condition Score

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a simple and effective farm management tool. It is a measure of body fat/energy reserves, that can be used to aid decisions or troubleshoo...

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Bull Management Farming Note

Bull Management Farming Note

Natural service can save time and money, but a poorly performing bull can be costly if conception rates are low. Is your bull in peak form? With up to 33% of bulls though...

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Cattle Health Schemes

Cattle Health Schemes

Cattle health schemes are designed to help farms monitor and eliminate the five most important non-statutory diseases, which are prevalent in the UK and are costing many ...

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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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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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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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Heat Detection Tried & Tested Report

Heat Detection Tried & Tested Report

featuring results from the Heat Detection Survey There are numerous and varied products sold in the UK claiming to increase heat detection rates in bulling cows, from ...

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Johne’s Disease

Johne’s Disease

Johne’s Disease is emerging as a prevalent and costly disease amongst UK beef and dairy herds. This Farming Note covers: Which tests to use (blood, milk or faeces) ...

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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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Managing Twinning Farming Note

Managing Twinning Farming Note

Twinning is undesirable as the stress of carrying two foetuses compromises the cow's energy balance, and this can lead to poor performance after calving. It is crucial th...

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