Sward Repair

With the recent wet and snowy weather behind us now (hopefully), attention needs to focus on repairing damaged swards.  Damaged swards can produce >20% less dry matter in a year compared to a sward in good health.  Repairing may require a full reseed, but often over seeding or direct drilling can be just as effective. […]

Milk Lactose Levels – Andrew Jones

You may have noticed (depending on your milk buyer) that NML have now started testing for Lactose with your milk samples, but what is Lactose and what is it an indication of? Lactose is a disaccharide and is made up of two simple sugars, one glucose molecule and one galactose molecule, so it is therefore […]

Colostrum Management

Working with a spring calving dairy client recently, the importance of colostrum management has become a major focus on farm due to increased health issues in new born calves.  In previous years, the farm has relied on calves sucking dams to receive their required amount of colostrum to build up immunity (3l within 2 hrs).  […]

Grazing Multi-Species Swards Workshop Report

A Diverse Forages Project Workshop The aim of this workshop was to bring together farmers, industry representatives, and researchers with an interest in the management of multi-species (herbal) leys to discuss best practice for grazing these pastures with cattle and sheep. With over 45 delegates, the day proved to be a great success with lively […]