Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
The importance of healthy soils has never been more apparent than in this year, with recent prolonged dry weather following a long, wet winter focusing thoughts on the importance of soil structure and the potential to use alternative forage crops.
When you run a beef enterprise as a sideline to a 283-hectare (700-acre) arable business, there are a few essential requirements which must be fulfilled. Not only should the system be simple and quick to run, it also needs to make best use of home-grown feeds and be monitored to achieve optimal performance.
Well managed grassland has the potential to help beef producers achieve better returns, but it is an often overlooked resource. In the second part of this series, we look at ways to maximise grassland utilisation.
Cogent’s new partnership with US-based STgenetics® provides UK farmers with access to an array of bulls produced from a cutting edge breeding programme, together with a selection of breeding tools designed to maximise farm efficiencies.
In the first in a series looking at how we can measure success in beef, we discuss why McDonald’s wants to help beef farmers address the ‘three Es’ of sustainability: economics; ethics; and environment.
If you are concerned about calf health you can now ask your vet for a detailed, score-based appraisal of your youngstock rearing system, thanks to the launch of a new checklist tool from MSD Animal Health.
ADAS recently estimated the cost of a scour outbreak in a 100-cow suckler herd (assuming 90 calves born) to be £5,794*. Consequently, it definitely pays to prevent any infectious calf scours gaining a foothold on any beef unit.
Pneumonia in growing beef calves remains a complex and financially damaging disease, but an understanding of the various causative factors can help improve control and reduce reliance on antibiotic treatment.