Fertiliser Planning

With fertiliser prices increasing by £70 per tonne, or more, compared to the summer, it is all the more important to ensure that you plan correctly for individual crops so that you are using the right amount of fertiliser to achieve the desired yield and quality. The base of any fertiliser plan has to be […]

Milk Urea

Milk urea can give you a guide to whether the forage element of your diet is balanced.  The chart below gives you a guide to how fodder can impact milk urea and, subsequently, milk qualities for cheese making. A high protein: low energy ration will lead to high milk urea levels. A low protein: high […]

The Cost of Bad Feet

Lameness carries a cost, not just in the cost of treatment but also in the unseen costs of poor fertility, reduced dry matter intake, increase risk to other health problems and drops in milk yield.  It is estimated that conception rates can be reduced by 25% in lame cows and the risk of ovarian follicular […]

Magnesium an Essential Nutrient

Although magnesium is classed as a secondary nutrient it is still highly important for the growing crop.  It is involved in the forming of chlorophyll, photosynthesis and energy transfer. Deficiency signs are similar to nitrogen deficiency, with the tips of leaves turning yellow and then spreading down the remainder of the leaf. In grassland particularly, […]