Trace Element Deficiency in Livestock

Many clients have been experiencing trace element deficiency within livestock recently. Copper, cobalt, selenium and iodine are essential trace elements required by cattle and sheep. Clay soils generally have higher trace element levels than sandy soils. Soil testing may reveal deficiencies but should only be used as a guide when considering the trace element status […]

Dairy Beef Collaboration – Update

Following on from my article in February last year, we now have some data from dairy cross beef animals from several sources. It is too early to draw significant conclusions but at around 16 months old, animals sired by AI bulls are growing faster than those by stock bulls (1.2 kg/ day compared to 1.0 […]

Covid-19 and Diversification

One of the great ironies of the effect of Covid-19 on the agriculture and rural industry is within recent years the clear message from government to diversify in order to protect agricultural incomes. It is our diversified clients who have suffered most through the pandemic. This is of course, included those within hospitality, rural tourism […]

How Are Your Calves Performing?

Calf management is as important as managing your cows, they are the future herd therefore they need looking after.  It costs on average £2,000 to rear a heifer to calve at two years therefore providing the best start is very important.  Disease will not only hit growth rates but loss in performance throughout their lactations.  […]