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August 2018
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Whilst some rain has finally arrived here in Somerset and many other parts of the country, recovery is likely to be slow. Several Members have called the office to discuss options for forage stocks. Planting fast growing IRGs for late autumn and early spring grass is certainly one possibility.

There has never been a more pertinent time to calculate your current forage stocks and compare with your expected forward requirements. This calculation is made simpler using our forage stocks calculator online. The clamp and bale stocks calculators are currently available on the Kingshay App -  look out for full Silage Requirements Assessment Tool coming soon.

dairy insight – FPD: Freezing Point Depression

Freezing Point Depression (FPD) is a test used to measure extraneous water in milk. The freezing point of milk is usually in the range of -0.512oC to -0.550oC with an average of -0.522oC. FPD is usually reported as a whole number, hence -0.522oC would be reported as 522moC. This insight publication looks at the factors affecting FPD and practical solutions to avoid added water in your milk.

business insight – Healthy Mind, Healthy Business

Many farmers see the benefits of maintaining their machinery, but what about their minds? It is often things that are out of farmers’ control; financial pressures, weather, market fluctuations, harvest and livestock diseases - as well as changing policies and an uncertain future post-Brexit - that can take their toll on the mind. This insight publication looks at the effects of stress, how to reduce stress and signposts the reader to where to find help if it’s required.

KH-Grass-seed-&-cows-(4)-EDIT-SMKingshay Products & Services - Kingshay Grass Seed Mixtures

Grass Seed – Whether your looking to reseed poor performing pasture this autumn or sow a catch crop following cereals or maize - we supply a wide range of mixtures to suit your needs and unlike many suppliers we are not aligned to a specific grass breeding company, allowing us to select only the best varieties. See the enclosed booklet for further information - Give your cows what they like to eat.

Contact Kingshay on 01458 851555 to find a suitable grass mix for you.

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