Weigh In!

With 40% grants available now under the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme#round-2 which closes on the 4th September, there is no excuse for livestock farmers to be still guessing the weight of their cattle!  You can now get weigh cells to go in your cattle crush/race for less than £1,000 after grant.  They will […]

Farm Sustainability

Farm Sustainability is a term that is being mentioned a lot recently by politicians, environmentalists, farmers, researchers and the press.  But what does this mean?  For a farmer it means passing on a viable business to the next generation, but it is not just financial viability.  It has to be a farm that is socially […]

Pre-Chopped Straw & Butterfats – Andrew Jones

Last spring, I picked up a nutrition client that pre-chopped the straw that was being fed to his cows.  The herd is an AYR calving, Holstein herd, producing 9,000 litres at 4.1% butterfat where solids production (664kg MS Total) was important as they are on a cheese contract.  They were being buffer fed all year […]

JV Dairy Opportunity Dorset

An exciting opportunity to contract dairy farm has arisen in Dorset with a 1st October start.  The suitable person would initially manage the herd for one year, with the intention of taking on a formal contract farming arrangement for an initial five-year period.  The current farming family are looking to take a step back and […]