Business Briefing January 2019

Welcome to the January edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Building Great Soils, Modern Livestock Management, Grants update, Improving Milk Lactose Levels etc...

Building Great Soils - William Waterfield (Andover)

Worldwide there is an increasing focus on improving our soils whether that is improved resilience and less erosion or improved yields, a constant theme is soil organic matter and how to increase it. Whilst organic farmers advocate this or that approach and regenerative farmers argue for their solutions, there remains one overriding objective that of increasing below ground life. Achieving meaningful read more...

Grants Update - William Groom (Andover)

LEADER
The Andover office have just received confirmation of LEADER grant for one of their clients for the Cow Manager System of remote health sensing. The grant worth 40% of the capital costs read more...

Dairy Compounds – Look The Same But Are Different! – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Having worked in the compound sector for two compounders I have knowledge of compound formulations and working out cake specifications between compounders. Below I have constructed two different high energy (HE) 16% compounds. Read more...

Severn Trent Grants - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

The water company, Severn Trent, operates a system of grant funding, which they hope will encourage water users to reduce diffuse pollution in water courses, and to make environmental improvements. Applicants have to be in one of their priority catchment areas Read more...

Assessing Cow Rumen Efficiency - Andrew Jones (Sherborne)

I recently ran a Cow Signals training course with a supplier, for some of our clients. Improving rumen function was an area much covered and here are some tips and guidelines learned on the day.

The rumen is nearly one third of the Read more...

Phosphorous Levels, Dry Cow Requirements and Care with Mineral Binders – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Phosphorous is essential for the formation of bones and bodily processes. 29% of total mineral content of a ruminant/monogastric is made up of Phosphorous. As the pie chart Read more...

Are Your Calves Prepared For Cold Weather? - Andy Dodd ( Chippenham)

As another cold snap hits the UK, farms need to monitor the environment their calves are in to ensure they achieve sufficient growth and minimise the risk of any health and disease issues. I have outlined below a number of key points Read more...

Modern Livestock Management - William Groom (Andover)

Artificial intelligent, cloud-based apps, algorithms and remote sensing are increasingly common in the livestock sector. A new generation of management sensors are hitting the market. Selecting the best choice for your cows and your businesses is important. Read more...

Improving Milk Lactose Levels - Andrew Jones (Sherborne)

With milk suppliers now beginning to monitor and report on milk Lactose levels what does this mean, what should the levels be and how can I improve it?

Lactose can tell us a Read more...

Forage Costs - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

We have had recent debates on forage costs in our FCG email group. Sentiment seems to be that grass silage costs a farmer around £28 to £31 per tonne (fresh weight, at 28%DM) to make. Maize silage costs around £33 to £35 per tonne to make. Of course, there are many variables that can affect these figures, such as land rent, yields, fertiliser/FYM usage and longevity Read more...

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