Vertical Tub versus Paddle Mixers – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham) & Andrew Jones (Sherborne)

Choosing a Mixer wagon is a crucial decision for many dairy farmers. Uniformity and consistency are vital especially for high input farms. Whilst types of feed, forage type, forage chop length and flexibility all influence choice. 1. Vertical Tub mixer Pros • Handles and integrates bales well • Chops fodder beet up more • Chops […]

The UK Maize Market – What Do You Wish to Achieve?

A few years ago, I spoke about Dent versus Flint maize varieties, Maize – Flint or Dent? Flint has a harder pericarp/endosperm protecting the seed at germination whilst Dent has a weaker indented pericarp/endosperm. Nutritionally this should allow better access and more fermentable energy in rations. Flint has an earlier flowering period and better tolerance […]

Thawing & Preparing Semen for Artificial Insemination?

Sometimes it is the small errors which cost us dearly particularly when it comes to fertility. Many factors affect fertility, but you can do everything right but if the Sperm is dead, it’s dead. Below I have constructed a protocol sheet to work with your Artificial Insemination (A.I.) courses and training you have been on. […]

Lysine – Why? Where? When?

In recent months we have seen tightened pressure on protein supply with certain supermarkets banning both Soya and Palm derivatives. Rape meal supplies being affected by Erith’s lack of production and less wheat and maize distillers in the marketplace. Brewers grains have also been erratic due to COVID. With continued pressure by supermarket contracts on […]