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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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Achieving Milk From Forage Part 1 – An Introduction

Achieving Milk From Forage Part 1 – An Introduction

Amid general high costs of production, purchased feed costs represented about 26% of total costs and averaged 12.7ppl for the year ending September 2023 - it is therefo...

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Agroforestry

Agroforestry

Agroforestry is increasingly being talked about as a means of helping agriculture meet net zero targets, with DEFRA planning to support farmers with the integration of tr...

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Ammonia Emissions

Ammonia Emissions

As the biggest agricultural contributor to UK ammonia emissions, dairy farmers are under increasing pressure to improve air quality. At present we are not on track to mee...

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Analysing slurry and manure

Analysing slurry and manure

Slurries and farm yard manures represent a hugely valuable and often under utilised resource on many dairy farms. Understanding their nutrient values could help reduce re...

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Benchmarking Soil Organic Carbon

Benchmarking Soil Organic Carbon

Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) has become a bit of a buzz word in the industry. This may have prompted you to investigate the SOC within your own soils, or it may be something...

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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 in Cattle

Bloat in Cattle

Gases such as methane and carbon dioxide are produced as part of the normal process of digestion in cattle. These gases are usually discharged by eructation (belching). I...

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Catch Crop After Maize

Catch Crop After Maize

A timely maize harvest this season could provide the perfect window of opportunity to plant a highly productive, cost effective, catch crop grass ley. Doing so would prov...

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Completing Soil Assessments for the SFI

Completing Soil Assessments for the SFI

The aim of the improved grassland soils standard is to enhance soil health, structure, organic matter, and soil biology. It will also contribute to improved water quality...

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Composting Farming Note

Composting Farming Note

Effective management of farmyard manure (FYM) to minimise the risk of pollution and maximise financial benefits requires a practical and cost effective strategy. Composti...

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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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