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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Feeding

Barrier Design Farming Note

Barrier Design Farming Note

The right trough or feed barrier is a crucial element of good feeding management. A well designed feed barrier maximises intakes, reduces wastage, minimises injuries and...

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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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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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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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Diet Feeders Tried & Tested

Diet Feeders Tried & Tested

A diet feeder needs to suit your system and perform well for many years.  With a wide range of manufacturers and models to choose from, it is a good idea to demo machine...

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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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Feed Storage Farming Note

Feed Storage Farming Note

Effective feed storage saves both time and money. Feed storage bins can dilapidate over time and this can increase feed spoilage and increase the risk of a bin collapsin...

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Feed Trough Cleanliness & Surfaces Farming Note

Feed Trough Cleanliness & Surfaces Farming Note

Dirty feed troughs containing spoiled feed will reduce intakes, increase wastage and put animals at risk of disease. Clean troughs can improve daily dry matter intakes by...

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Sheeting The Clamp Farming Note

Sheeting The Clamp Farming Note

A well sealed silage clamp is critical to reduce DM losses, which can range from 5-18% in-silo and 1-10% at feed out. Sheeting technology has advanced in recent years, m...

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Silage Analysis Farming Note

Silage Analysis Farming Note

The Silage Analysis Farming Note explains the importance of knowing the quality of all forages fed as buffers and winter diets, and taking regular silage samples for anal...

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Starling Control Report

Starling Control Report

In our recent DairyCo funded study, starlings have been found to cost Somerset dairy farmers an average of 3ppl on every litre produced over the 90 day winter period when...

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