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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Forage

2nd Cut Silage Farming Note

2nd Cut Silage Farming Note

When a cold spring has resulted in a poor 1st cut grass silage, 2nd cut silage yields need to be high to compensate and guarantee enough feed for the winter. Fertiliser ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crimped Grain Maize v Whole Cob Maize Farming Note

Crimped Grain Maize v Whole Cob Maize Farming Note

Higher maize feed energy levels can be achieved by harvesting the maize cob or grain only, either by crimping moist maize grain or alternatively harvesting whole cob maiz...

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