Katie Jones takes a look at some of the newest products for the dairy industry.
A REUSABLE bag, the Trusti Colostrum Bag, is now available from Dairy Spares.
The bag also has a large surface area to speed freezing and thawing, can hold up to four litres of colostrum and is suitable for use in pasteurisers.
The New Zealand company, Antahi, which designed and produce the product, advises bags are suitably robust to provide five uses, making them a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly choice than single-use colostrum bags.
The thorough cleaning and sterilisation of the bags in-between uses is important and strict instructions are provided. A cleaning brush is also available separately from Dairy Spares.
The bags come in starter kits of four or 10 bags, together with two different feeding tubes. The four-bag kit is £67.90 plus VAT, and the 10-bag kit is £84.90 plus VAT.
They are also available in packs of 10 (£42.90 plus VAT) and 50 (£179.00 plus VAT).
Breeding company, Viking Genetics, has launched female genomic testing and corrective mating packages.
The genomic service will provide UK producers with an overall economic index with which to rank the youngstock in their herds, and will also provide genomic figures for over 40 different traits.
The corrective mating service will allow farmers to use a pre-defined genetic indexs or to customise their own to meet their specific breeding goals.
A teat spray-dip with non-antibiotic antimicrobial properties was launched by EnviroSystems.
Unique contains a human grade emollient used in nipples creams for breastfeeding mums.
The product can be used in conventional parlours on once, twice and three-times a-day milking or in robotic systems. It can be used as a post-milking dip or as a pre-milking cleanser.
This ready to use product is available in IBCs and 200 litre drums.
Dairy farmers can now receive a text message alerting up to five mobile contacts about low levels of hygiene chemical.
Ecolab Textomatic, from Progiene, is an electronic, low-level alarm system that can monitor six containers at a time for the early detection and intervention of all farm cleaning chemicals, teat dips and footbath solutions.
Once chemical drums have reached a level pre-programmed by the users, text messages are sent to inform contact that new supply is needed.
The sensor technology is available to purchases, but Progiene is offering it for free use to current and new customers of its hygiene products.
UK dairy breeders can have semen from their own bulls collected and sexed following the launch of this service by UK Sire Services.
Bulls need to have semen collected at the EU-qualified Dartington stud in Devon, which will also open up export potential for semen.
New data will allow farmers to better understand the concentration of plant-available magnesium in their topsoil and could help to identify nutrient deficiencies that pose a risk to livestock.
Experts have created a model which combines two leading datasets from the Representative Soil Sampling Scheme and the National Soil Inventory of England and Wales, to create a statistically reliable spatial map of available magnesium.
The data has been added to the UK Soils Observatory, a free-to-use archive which is delivered by nine scientific institutions including the British Geological Survey (BGS).
Magnesium is an essential plant nutrient and deficiency can also cause hypomagnesaemia in cattle.
Russell Lawley, from BGS, says: “The new magnesium data will enable farm advisors to better understand where particular problems such as nutrient deficiencies or acidification might be expected to occur.”