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8 Steps to Controlling Mastitis in Summer Farming Note

8 Steps to Controlling Mastitis in Summer Farming Note

Each year as the weather gets warmer, somatic cell counts increase, making mastitis in summer an area for focus. Some pasture conditions can lead to high levels of expos...

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A2 Milk Farming Note

A2 Milk Farming Note

Most herds produce milk containing two types of beta casein, A1 and A2, however there is a small minority who are intolerant to the A1 protein. A2 milk is produced by co...

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Alternatives to Soya & Palm Kernel

Alternatives to Soya & Palm Kernel

Environmental concerns surrounding the production of soya bean and palm means their use in dairy cow diets is becoming increasingly unacceptable. Some supermarkets have a...

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Antibiotic Update

Antibiotic Update

Antibiotics (AB) have played a major role in the health and welfare of cattle; they are vital for the treatment and control of bacterial infections. The increasing eme...

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Assessing Cow Muck Farming Note

Assessing Cow Muck Farming Note

What goes in must come out! Assessing cow muck can be a useful management tool as dung consistency is a good indicator of what is happening in a cow's digestive system...

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Assisted Calving Farming Note

Assisted Calving Farming Note

Management of a cow at calving is a pivotal part of setting her up to cope with the stresses and demands of lactation. Recognising when to assist a calving cow and the ...

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Automatic Heat Detection

Automatic Heat Detection

Poor fertility is one of the largest economic problems on dairy farms. Data from Kingshay Dairy Manager puts the losses as a result of poor fertility at £197 per cow, or...

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Bedding Conditioners

Bedding Conditioners

Bedding conditioners form an important part of a mastitis control strategy by drying the cubicle beds and making an inhospitable environment for bacteria. However, their ...

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Big Bale Silage

Big Bale Silage

Big bale silage increases flexibility on a grazing platform and creates the opportunity to make a customisable forage for animal groups. This Farming Note covers: ...

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Bimodal Milking

Bimodal Milking

Farmers aim for a quick efficient milking. But can milking be done too quickly? This DAIRY insight explores the concept of bimodal milking and what practical actions you ...

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Bloat Farming Note

Bloat Farming Note

Rumination naturally produces gas, in particular methane and carbon dioxide, which is usually discharged by belching, however if this cannot occur, the excess gas pressur...

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Bluetongue

Bluetongue

The 2007 outbreak in the UK brought significant economic losses in terms of sickness, culls, reduced productivity and movement and trading restrictions.

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