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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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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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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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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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Body Condition Score

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a simple and effective farm management tool. It is a measure of body fat/energy reserves, that can be used to aid decisions or troubleshoo...

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Bovine TB Dairy Insight

Bovine TB Dairy Insight

Bovine TB (bTB) continues to be a major problem with approximately 11% of herds in England affected by bTB in 2017. The latest DEFRA statistics show there were 3,824 new ...

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Bulk Feed Options Farming Note

Bulk Feed Options Farming Note

Bulk feeds are a useful ingredient in rations for both improving the efficiency of forages and for substitution where there is a forage shortfall. Co-products from the ...

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Bull Management Farming Note

Bull Management Farming Note

Natural service can save time and money, but a poorly performing bull can be costly if conception rates are low. Is your bull in peak form? With up to 33% of bulls though...

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Butterfat & Fertility at Grass Farming Note

Butterfat & Fertility at Grass Farming Note

Well managed spring grass provides a high quality (typically 12 ME, 18% CP) and cost effective feed (£88/t DM) in most areas of the UK. The change from winter diets to l...

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