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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Cows

Collecting Yards

Collecting Yards

Well-designed collecting yards save time and reduce stress, whereas poor designs or improper cow handling will compromise cow flow and welfare.

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Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Comfortable Standing Surfaces Farming Note

Cows and concrete are a difficult combination. Despite the clear benefits of concrete for managing housed cows, it is not a very comfortable standing surface and can be h...

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Complementing Early Spring Grass Farming Note

Complementing Early Spring Grass Farming Note

Well managed grass is an exceptionally cheap but variable commodity, therefore complementing early spring grass is often necessary to get the most out of it. High sugar,...

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Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Concrete Grooving Trial Update

Smooth, slippery concrete can reduce cow mobility and oestrus activity and can potentially lead to lameness and injury. Concrete grooving is commonly used to improve cow...

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Controlling Mastitis Farming Note

Controlling Mastitis Farming Note

At an average cost of £220 per case and accounting for 11% of cows being culled, mastitis is a significant cost to the dairy industry and a major challenge to farm pr...

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Copper & Cow Health Farming Note

Copper & Cow Health Farming Note

Copper deficiency is a common problem where dietary intake is insufficient to meet the cow's metabolic requirement or where mineral antagonists levels are in excess. Wher...

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Copper & Molybdenum in Soils & Forage Farming Note

Copper & Molybdenum in Soils & Forage Farming Note

Copper is essential to animal health for a number of metabolic functions including growth, production and fertility. Copper levels in grass and forages are determined by ...

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Cow Brushes

Cow Brushes

Cow brushes not only help to fulfil the cow’s natural desire to scratch, but could also lead to a 1-litre a cow a day uplift in milk yield, along with less disease and ...

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Cow Comfort Report

Cow Comfort Report

As part of Kingshay's exhibit at the 'Livestock Event' and 'The Dairy Show' last year, farmers filled in a survey assessing levels of cow comfort on their farm. The Cow C...

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Cow Grouping Farming Note

Cow Grouping Farming Note

Cow grouping is a useful management tool, particularly in larger herds, which allows the requirements of each individual cow to be more easily met. Deciding if your he...

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Cow Handling Facilities Farming Note

Cow Handling Facilities Farming Note

As housing and handling of animals is one of the main opportunities for injury to occur on farm, having well designed cow handling facilities in place is strongly reco...

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Cow Signals Farming Note

Cow Signals Farming Note

In your herd, are there a high proportion of cows with rubbed necks or briskets? Are cows tail twitching despite there being no flies? Cow signals and behaviour can be v...

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