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Dairy Costings Focus Report 2016

Dairy Costings Focus Report 2016

Kingshay’s fifth edition of the annual Dairy Costings Focus Report reviews milk price trends to March 2016 and ranks data by feed cost, yield from forage, region, yield...

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Dairy Costings Focus Report 2017

Dairy Costings Focus Report 2017

Kingshay’s sixth edition of the annual Dairy Costings Focus Report reviews milk price trends to March 2017 and ranks data by feed cost, yield from forage, region, yield...

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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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Dealing with Hot Weather

Dealing with Hot Weather

The UK does not often experience the hot temperatures currently being faced, and the duration of the heat is almost unprecedented. So what additional considerations need ...

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Dry Period Length

Dry Period Length

The optimal dry period length between lactations in dairy cows has been debated for many years. Traditionally, an 8-week dry period was considered the ideal duration - ba...

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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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