Salvaging a Difficult Spring

The two graphs below depict how much grass was available for grazing when this 8,000 litre split block calved herd turned out to grass on the 16th April 2018, and where it was three weeks later on the 7th May. Any cover over 3,200kgs is very difficult to get grazed down to 1,700kgs. This herd […]

Countryside Stewardship: 2018 Applications

For those of you who have requested a Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier or Capital Water Grant application pack from Natural England before the deadline of May 31st, you now have two months to put your full application together. This should be plenty of time IF you start planning your application now. Remember that the Capital […]

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 […]