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Elemental Tips for Success

Most farmers are aware of trace elements and their potential impact on productivity; but often mineral status of cattle is overlooked or it’s assumed that they must be fine because there is no history of known issues and of course “this is what we’ve always done”. Here Tom Downes runs [...]

By | 2019-02-11T14:08:45+00:00 February 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Calf Growth Weights – the proof is in the pudding!

One of the rewarding parts of regular weigh banding is producing the growth reports. Allowing Vets and VetTechs to look at how individuals have performed and if small changes to their calf rearing system have made either a positive or negative impact on the daily live weight gain (DLWG) of [...]

By | 2019-02-08T12:40:40+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why fertility is the answer to productivity

With the various challenges the industry has been facing in recent years everyone has been looking at efficiency and cost cutting in all aspects of their farm businesses. Ian Cure discusses some real on farm successes where the focus has been on fertility as the driver for efficiency and ultimately [...]

By | 2019-02-08T12:39:56+00:00 February 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Keep an eye out for Ketosis

Ketosis (also known as acetonaemia) is a common metabolic condition seen in high yielding dairy cows typically during early lactation. It is characterised by high circulating levels of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFAs) in the blood, together with their metabolic products, ketones (acetone, acetoacetate and beta-hydroxybutyrate which is also known as [...]

By | 2019-01-16T14:41:27+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 ways to improve your beef housing

It’s now well accepted that housing can hugely impact on the productivity of our dairy cows. But sometimes we can overlook how much of an impact it can have on the health and productivity of our housed beef cows. Matt Hylands gives us five things to focus on… Obviously not [...]

By | 2019-01-16T12:40:06+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Selective Dry Cow Therapy – a cautious approach

With increasing spotlight on reducing antibiotic use, some farmers are doing more selective dry cow therapy. It is important to remember that dry cow antibiotics have played a very important role in combating mastitis issues and reducing herd cell counts. It's selective for a good reason, so if you're thinking [...]

By | 2019-01-16T12:19:52+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do you know what your nutrition gap is?

Despite a challenging early grass season, the growth returned and ewes are generally in good, if not over fat condition. What has been hit are scanning rates and forage reserves for the winter. Dan Stevenson explains. Most people seem happy with fewer triplets and quads this year, particularly with potentially [...]

By | 2019-01-16T12:02:29+00:00 January 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments