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Calf Management Farming Note

Calf Management Farming Note

Kingshay's Youngstock Management Survey showed that 87% of farmers have seen cases of calf pneumonia and 50% joint ill on their farm. Good calf management is crucial if a...

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Calf Scours

Calf Scours

Diarrhoea or ‘scours’ is one of the leading causes of mortality in pre-weaned calves, particularly in the first month of life. The cost of an outbreak of scour can av...

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Calf Weaning

Calf Weaning

Traditional calf feeding practice limits milk fed to encourage early intakes of concentrates and promote earlier weaning, to cut feed costs and labour. Recent research ho...

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Colostrum Management Farming Note

Colostrum Management Farming Note

According to Vetmed 2010, only 60% of calves left with their mother get adequate immunity. Effective colostrum management is vital to get calves off to a good start, how...

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Computerised Calf Feeders Farming Note

Computerised Calf Feeders Farming Note

Computerised calf feeding machines are an increasingly popular option for calf management. A number of advantages potentially make this a cost effective feeding method, t...

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Feeding the calf

Feeding the calf

In a traditional dairy calf rearing system, calves are fed 10% of their birthweight in milk over two feeds daily i.e. 2 feeds of 2 litres. In comparison, a calf left on t...

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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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Kingshay Calf Jackets Tried & Tested Report

Kingshay Calf Jackets Tried & Tested Report

In response to member queries about calf jackets and their efficacy, we carried out a Tried & Tested survey and trial in early 2015. The survey was completed by a sam...

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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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The Forage Costings Report 2016

The Forage Costings Report 2016

Selecting the right forages, optimising yield and quality and achieving high utilisation will reduce production costs. Our annual Forage Costs Report provides a detailed ...

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Uses for a Brix Refractometer

Uses for a Brix Refractometer

A refractometer is a simple instrument used for measuring concentrations of aqueous solutions. It requires only a few drops of liquid, and is used throughout the food, ag...

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Youngstock Management Report

Youngstock Management Report

The young dairy heifers are the future of your herd. By planning their rearing from day one until they start their first lactation, farm profits can be improved as a resu...

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