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Parlour Options for Larger Herds Farming Note

Parlour Options for Larger Herds Farming Note

Installing a new parlour is a big decision as the parlour will be at the core of your dairy production for many years. A new parlour needs to be able to meet today's requ...

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Parlour Routine Farming Note

Parlour Routine Farming Note

An ideal parlour routine will maintain udder health and optimise parlour throughput. This is achieved by promoting milk let-down and causing minimal stress to the cow. Am...

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Parlour Walls & Floors Farming Note

Parlour Walls & Floors Farming Note

Parlour wall and floor surfaces must be easy to work with and meet the hygiene standards required by dairy inspectors. Choosing the correct material will save you time an...

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Rat Control Farming Note

Rat Control Farming Note

Rats carry a large number of diseases and parasites which can be harmful to both humans and animals. This, alongside the damage they cause, makes them a major farm pest....

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Reducing bTB Transmission on Farm

Reducing bTB Transmission on Farm

The spread of bovine TB (bTB) on farm can potentially be reduced by adopting certain management practices. Transmission risks for bTB include infected wildlife (particula...

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Reducing Mastitis Pressure in Buildings

Reducing Mastitis Pressure in Buildings

Environmental mastitis pathogens are naturally present in the housed environment, but problems occur when the pathogen pressure becomes too high. This Farming Note cov...

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RESEARCH Insight – September 2018 - Cow and Calf Behaviour

RESEARCH Insight – September 2018 - Cow and Calf Behaviour

This is the third issue of our new publication, research insight. The aim of the publication is to translate relevant scientific research into useful information for your...

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Ringworm Farming Note

Ringworm Farming Note

Ringworm is a fungal zoonotic skin disease, which affects skin, hair and nails. It is highly contagious, with cattle being the most susceptible farm animal. Whilst not a ...

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Robotic Milking Farming Note

Robotic Milking Farming Note

In Holland, around 15% of dairy farms milk through robots. Sales of robots in the UK are a long way behind this, but it is an increasing market. Dairying is a difficult s...

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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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Segregation Gates Farming Note

Segregation Gates Farming Note

Segregating cows out of the herd during milking can be a time consuming and frustrating process. A well sited drafting system will segregate cows with little disruption t...

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Selective Antibiotic Use

Selective Antibiotic Use

There is increasing pressure on producers to use veterinary medicines more sparingly, in particular, antibiotics. Many assurance schemes are striving to prove agriculture...

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