Grazing & Forage Lessons from 2018

As we are in the midst of an extended spell of dry weather, looking back to the lessons learned from the 2018 drought is timely and worthwhile. • Measuring and monitoring grass growth and covers has never been more important. • By measuring, you will know if your current grazing area is growing sufficient grass […]

Herd Management Opportunity with Profit Share – North Dorset

An exciting opportunity to enter a joint venture dairy farming agreement has arisen in North Dorset.   The suitable person would initially manage the herd for one year, with the intention of taking on a formal share farming arrangement for a five-year period.  The farm owner is looking to hand over responsibility for the running of […]

Lower Cost Heifer Rearing?

I frequently hear figures quoted for the cost of rearing a heifer to the point of calving, ranging from £1,000 to £2,000.  I also frequently drive past fields of heifers set-stocked with not enough grass and a line of cake troughs near the gateway! Well-managed rotational grazing, following the rules set out in my article […]

Thermodurics – On-Farm Experience

This may seem like another level of onerous regulation from milk buyers, but New Zealand and Ireland have routinely tested for thermodurics for many years, so we are playing catch-up.  Presence of these bacteria in dairy products can have serious implications for food quality and shelf-life so if we are to compete on world markets […]