Summer 2018 gave us all a sharp reminder about the value of a just-in-case silage forage reserve. Clearly, rebuilding this important home-grown bio asset is on this summer’s agenda for a good number of livestock farmers. In addition to growing...
Important Notice! Nine-out-of-ten UK dairy farms are thought to be missing out on optimizing the value of slurry at minimal cost. Among progressive RABDF members, of course, the picture is probably not this extreme. Nevertheless, there’s a long way...
Imminent first cut silage quality is at risk where ground conditions remain poor due to recent high rainfall. In addition to raising cutting height to minimise soil pick up, farmers are being advised to use a combination inoculant that...
A biological treatment for unblocking slurry channels and liquifying dense sludge in hard to reach corners of slurry stores was launched at Dairy-Tech (Feb 2018, organised by RABDF). According to Sally Russell from Envirosystems, Shift-It contains "a high concentration of...
Approval for use on organic farms as well as conventional has been awarded by the Soil Association to the OptiSile range of biological silage inoculants from Envirosystems. This adds to an existing Organic Farmers & Growers certification. Variants in the...
Evidence that dairy farmers really care and prioritise cow comfort and health has been generated by a new survey. Organisers have given the findings to farming unions, Dairy UK and AHDB Dairy with permission to use the data if...
The scientifically-attuned readers of this journal will be well ahead of the general public in awareness and understanding of the human microbiome. This life-sustaining population of micro-organisms is something that each of us carries round in our gut, body...
As genetic selection within the dairy herd establishes milking machines with higher yields and apparently greater efficiency, their ability to consume additional feed has not kept pace with their ability to produce milk. This poses an increasing challenge to...
This NebGuide stresses the importance to the dairy cow of water, an essential but often overlooked nutrient. Providing insufficient water or water of poor quality to dairy cattle can limit milk production and growth, and can cause health problems. An...

Mastitis Prevention

Mastitis is a very significant disease of dairy cattle and occurs in all dairy herds. It is an inflammation of the udder usually caused by a bacterial infection, although stress can predispose to this disease. Mastitis may occur in...
To keep track of calf starter consumption, Clark clips colored clothespins on top of the hutches. When a calf eats 2 lb. of grain a day, he attaches a green clothespin. After she has eaten 2 lb. of grain per...

Pig Health

In general, pigs in outdoor units have high health status due to low stocking density and reduced infectious challenge. Whilst treatment may be more difficult outdoors, one advantage of this method of pig-keeping is that infection dilution occurs in...

Cows in Transition

The Window of Opportunity The transition phase of the adult dairy cow is usually defined as the last three weeks of the dry period and the first seven to ten days of lactation. Proper care and nutrition of the dairy...

Harvesting Grass Silage

Top Tips for Success 11 tips to win the “Bacterial War”, which are the key to successful silage making. Whether you are looking for high yields per cow, or to maximise silage intakes and get high yields from forage, your cows...

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