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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Machinery & Equipment

Minimising Bactoscans Farming Note

Minimising Bactoscans Farming Note

Keeping on top of milk bactoscan levels is an all year round task, although levels are higher in the housed period. Dairy farmers should aim to have bactoscan levels belo...

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Parlour Options for Larger Herds Farming Note

Parlour Options for Larger Herds Farming Note

Installing a new parlour is a big decision as the parlour will be at the core of your dairy production for many years. A new parlour needs to be able to meet today's requ...

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Promoting Milk

Promoting Milk

Promoting milk to the public is something that both industry organisations and individual farmers can – and many say, should – be doing. This insight publication look...

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Ration Presentation Farming Note

Ration Presentation Farming Note

Good ration presentation can significantly improve feed intakes, rumen health, and consequently digestive efficiency. Attention to detail with a properly formulated diet ...

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Ration Structure Farming Note

Ration Structure Farming Note

Ration structure can influence feed intake, rumen health, overall animal health and consequently impact on yield, milk quality and fertility. These are issues that affect...

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Robotic Milking Farming Note

Robotic Milking Farming Note

In Holland, around 15% of dairy farms milk through robots. Sales of robots in the UK are a long way behind this, but it is an increasing market. Dairying is a difficult s...

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Segregation Gates Farming Note

Segregation Gates Farming Note

Segregating cows out of the herd during milking can be a time consuming and frustrating process. A well sited drafting system will segregate cows with little disruption t...

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Simple Parlour Checks Farming Note

Simple Parlour Checks Farming Note

The milking parlour is the hardest working machine on most farms yet it rarely gets the attention it deserves. A poorly functioning parlour will increase the risk of mast...

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Slit Aerators - Tried & Tested

Slit Aerators - Tried & Tested

Slit aerating can improve soil structure by helping to alleviate surface compaction and increase the air in the top soil. When choosing a machine it is important to know ...

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Slurry Separators Farming Note

Slurry Separators Farming Note

Separating the solid and liquid slurry fractions gives a range of benefits including making slurry easier to handle and reducing its volume by about 20%. If you are in an...

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Stray Voltage Farming Note

Stray Voltage Farming Note

Stray voltage on a dairy unit is a relatively common occurrence and can affect the profitability of the milking herd through increased herd stress and agitation. The effe...

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Teat Condition

Teat Condition

Maintaining good teat condition is a crucial line of defence against mastitis, as opportunistic pathogenic infection via the teat canal is one of the most common causes. ...

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