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Dairy Herd Protocols Farming Note

Dairy Herd Protocols Farming Note

Protocols are prescribed procedures for completing routine tasks. They are very powerful tools that can make the difference between success and failure on larger farms wi...

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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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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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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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Herd Health Report

Herd Health Report

Results from our herd health survey show that low Vet & Med costs are strongly influenced by how you use your vet, the health status of your herd and the farm team sk...

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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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Ketosis Farming Note

Ketosis Farming Note

Ketosis is one of the most significant ‘hidden’ diseases affecting the UK dairy herd. Around 30% of cows are estimated to develop the metabolic disease during the tra...

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis (lepto) is a bacterial disease of cows which causes infertility, abortion storms, higher cell counts and lower milk yields. Control of lepto is particularl...

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Monitoring Mastitis Farming Note

Monitoring Mastitis Farming Note

Every clinical case of mastitis costs around £290. Currently the top 25% of farmers achieve 22 mastitis cases per 100 cows, while the group average is 41 cases per 100 c...

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Monitoring Mastitis Management Farming Note

Monitoring Mastitis Management Farming Note

With clinical cases of mastitis costing on average £276 each, and subclinical cases not only potentially leading to milk price penalties but also impacting fertility and...

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Realising Milk from Forage

Realising Milk from Forage

Producing more milk from forage does not have to be reserved for extensive, low-yielding herds – high-yielding systems can benefit too. Grass is the cheapest form of fe...

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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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