How Important is Rumen pH?

Rumen pH is critical for cow health and milk production. Feeding a balanced ration throughout the twenty-four-hour period will keep rumen pH constant. Fibre is one of the main sources for good rumen health, but it is a very complex carbohydrate, and its digestion is totally reliant on source. The amount and rate of digestion […]

Efficient Use of Slurry

With fertiliser prices rising in excess of 30% compared to last year taking account of slurry and FYM applied to land is even more important to ensure that you do not use more purchase in-organic fertiliser than you need to. This should be coupled with up-to-date soil samples to ensure you target the slurry and […]

Feeding Fresh Calved Cows Updates – Andrew Jones

Over the past month I have come across new articles regarding the feeding of transition / fresh cows and the better source of protein & carbohydrates for both, that I thought were worth sharing. The first was a Canadian article regarding the feeding of rape (canola) meal, compared to soya bean meal, to early lactation […]

Are Your Feeders Accurate?

I have written about this before, but feel it is prudent to once again remind people to calibrate your in and out parlour feeders. With concentrate prices rising this year by £40 per tonne or more, ensuring that the right volume of concentrates fed is even more essential. Parlour feeders both in and outside will […]