Strip-Grazing Autumn Block Dry Cows (circa. 8,000litre)

One size certainly does not fit all when it comes to dry cows, and certain opportunities may allow more cost-effective means to manage dry cows. First what is the cow type? Yield? Can grazing paddocks be shut up early? And what is the mineral content of soils and forages available (Potassium & Calcium in particular)? […]

Improved Grass Breeding on Dairy Farms

Our office in Carmarthenshire deals predominantly with grass based dairy farmers in West Wales.  We benchmark and review the performance of these businesses with financial and physical KPI’s.  Two common physical KPI’s we use, are litres per ha and per cow from forage.  Both these KPI’s are typically driven by grass Dry Matter production (although […]

Dry Matter Intake is King!

Increasing dry matter intake in dairy cows is a measure of success for any dairy farmer and nutritionist, and these five points provide a basic platform towards this goal. • Use forages of higher quality Rumen capacity has a physical limit, beyond which feed intake ceases.  Thus, to increase nutrient intake within the limits of physical […]

Are You Over, Under or Just Right?

It continues to amaze me how often I visit farms that have not calibrated their parlour feeders or checked the weigh cells on the feeder wagon.  This should be part of the regular routine just like replacing the cluster liners or servicing your tractor. Machinery parts wear over time and the accuracy of the weighing […]