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Diet Feeders Tried & Tested

Diet Feeders Tried & Tested

A diet feeder needs to suit your system and perform well for many years.  With a wide range of manufacturers and models to choose from, it is a good idea to demo machine...

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Dynamic Parlour Testing Farming Note

Dynamic Parlour Testing Farming Note

Testing milk machine and parlour function can highlight problems which are resulting in a less effective milking and damaged udders. Unlike static parlour testing, dynami...

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Effective Bedding Management

Effective Bedding Management

The Effective Bedding Management report provides a guide to choosing an alternative bedding material or managing existing cow bedding. The report includes results of the ...

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Effective Farm Lighting

Effective Farm Lighting

Lighting on a dairy farm is important for animal health and production, but can be a significant cost. This Farming Note addresses: Optimum lighting levels and hours ...

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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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Efficient Water Use Farming Note

Efficient Water Use Farming Note

Having more efficient water use and minimising waste will reduce the cost of milk production. On average, a dairy farm will use 5 litres of water for every litre of milk...

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Farm Security

Farm Security

In recent months, there have been numerous high-profile farm thefts in the press, including several cases of livestock rustling.  According to the NFU Mutual Rural Crime...

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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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Feed Trough Cleanliness & Surfaces Farming Note

Feed Trough Cleanliness & Surfaces Farming Note

Dirty feed troughs containing spoiled feed will reduce intakes, increase wastage and put animals at risk of disease. Clean troughs can improve daily dry matter intakes by...

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Footbaths Farming Note

Footbaths Farming Note

Lameness is the third highest cause of culling in Kingshay Health Manager recorded herds and costs an estimated £205 per case. The top 25% of farmers see 24 cases of lam...

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FPD - Freezing Point Depression

FPD - Freezing Point Depression

Freezing Point Depression (FPD) is a test used to measure extraneous water in milk. The freezing point of milk is usually in the range of -0.512oC to -0.550oC with an ave...

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Getting The Most From Your Parlour Chemicals

Getting The Most From Your Parlour Chemicals

Expanding dairy export markets and increasing consumer interest means processors are tightening up on milk quality standards, which means an effective parlour circulation...

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