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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Cows

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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Butterfat Farming Note

Butterfat Farming Note

The financial incentive for butterfat levels is highly variable and will depend on milk contract. For most contracts, increasing butterfat percentage must not be at the ...

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BVD - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus Farming Note

BVD - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus Farming Note

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) is one of the most significant viral infections of cattle and can affect animals of all ages. It is prevalent in UK dairy herds, with a...

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BVDv - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (updated)

BVDv - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (updated)

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDv) is one of the most significant viral infections of cattle, affecting all ages, including the unborn calf.

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Calcium & Phosphorus in Lactation Diets Farming Note

Calcium & Phosphorus in Lactation Diets Farming Note

Do you see a lot of milk fevers in your herd? Do you have problems with retained cleansings? Calcium and phosphorus are two of the most important minerals, particularly ...

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Calf pneumonia

Calf pneumonia

Bovine respiratory disease is a major health problem in calves which has both long-term and short-term deleterious consequences.  It is a multifactorial disease which ca...

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Cattle Behaviour Farming Note

Cattle Behaviour Farming Note

Observing cattle behaviour is an important aspect of monitoring animal comfort on farm, and can provide key information about cow environment. Ensuring that cow environme...

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Cattle Health Schemes

Cattle Health Schemes

Cattle health schemes are designed to help farms monitor and eliminate the five most important non-statutory diseases, which are prevalent in the UK and are costing many ...

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Cereal Options

Cereal Options

Summer is the time to assess forage supplies and consider if harvesting cereals as wholecrop will be beneficial to boost forage stocks and/or increase milk from forage ...

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Clostridial Diseases Farming Note

Clostridial Diseases Farming Note

Clostridial bacteria are always in the environment but once triggered by a stress factor to release toxins, they can lead to disease which often proves fatal. Clostridial...

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Cluster Design Farming Note

Cluster Design Farming Note

Having a parlour which is functioning correctly allows milking to be quick, complete and comfortable for both the cow and the milking staff. Poor milking characteristics ...

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Coccidiosis Farming Note

Coccidiosis Farming Note

Coccidiosis infection in young cattle reduces daily liveweight gain, increases the cost of cattle rearing and in severe cases can be fatal. If coccidiosis is present on a...

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