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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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Bedding Systems & Machines Tried & Tested

Bedding Systems & Machines Tried & Tested

Following a survey of members: opinions of their bedding machines Kingshay has compiled a report which reviews the pros and cons of bedding systems, e.g. sand vs. paper v...

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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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Computerised Calf Feeders Farming Note

Computerised Calf Feeders Farming Note

Computerised calf feeding machines are an increasingly popular option for calf management. A number of advantages potentially make this a cost effective feeding method, t...

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Dairy & Parlour Energy Efficiency Farming Note

Dairy & Parlour Energy Efficiency Farming Note

Reducing electricity usage by improving the efficiency of milk cooling, water heating and parlour vacuum pumps will benefit farm profitability and reduce carbon emissions...

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Dairy Costings Focus Report 2014

Dairy Costings Focus Report 2014

Kingshay’s third edition of the Annual Dairy Costings Focus Report reviews 10 year trends to March 2014 and ranks data by yield from forage, margin per litre and per co...

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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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Dynamic Parlour Testing Farming Note

Dynamic Parlour Testing Farming Note

Testing milk machine and parlour function can highlight problems which are resulting in a less effective milking and damaged udders. Unlike static parlour testing, dynami...

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Effective Milking Routines Farming Note

Effective Milking Routines Farming Note

Effective milking routines balance the conflict between maintaining udder health and maximising parlour throughput. Effective milking routines can increase milk yields, s...

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Efficient Water Use Farming Note

Efficient Water Use Farming Note

Having more efficient water use and minimising waste will reduce the cost of milk production. On average, a dairy farm will use 5 litres of water for every litre of milk...

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Employing People - Take Time to Make Time Farming Note

Employing People - Take Time to Make Time Farming Note

Are you making the most efficient use of labour on your farm. Herds on Dairy Manager Full Costs have an annual labour cost of over £44,000 per 100 cows or 3.8ppl (this i...

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Essential Farm Signs Farming Note

Essential Farm Signs Farming Note

Properly signed dangers can minimise the risk of accidents, as well as the risk of litigation if things go wrong. The number of fatal accidents in agriculture remains one...

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