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The worst thing about brewers grains is when you stop feeding them, according to a Cheshire producer who has used co-products in his milking herd, dry cow and heifer rations for as long as he can remember.
Farms are being urged not to overlook the effect of rising temperatures on livestock and to take precautionary measures against heat stress after the Met Office issued its first ever extreme heat warning.
Making herd health planning an active process between vet and farmer rather than a tick box exercise can be rewarding for farmers and vets. Kiera Schubert at Torch Farm Vets, Barnstaple, offers some tips.
Victoria and William Newsham took responsibility for their father’s Lancashire dairy herd after he died in September 2019. Since then they have made impressive changes to management, improving productivity and efficiency to secure the farm’s future.
With the primary aim of providing a break crop between reseeding of grass leys, for one Carmarthenshire dairy farm, root crops also provided a much-needed source of extra feed for cows and helped extend dwindling forage reserves.
Tackling succession can be one of the most difficult things a family farming business has to face. In this special report, a farmer details his own family’s battle and how it has affected his life. Three succession consultants then give their advice and top tips.
The winter period, and all of its associated feed costs, will have motivated many farmers to start reassessing their future feeding strategy. Faced with ever fluctuating feed and milk prices, more and more farmers are looking to improve business margins by increasing the amount of milk they produce from forage.
With sustainable agriculture a phrase currently favoured by politicians and industry experts, veterinary surgeon Jasmine Smith explores the concept in relation to parasite control. Farmers Guardian reports.
Wormer resistance is posing a threat to profitable production, but there are steps farmers can take now which will improve the sustainability of worm control and safeguard the future of cattle production.