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 […]

Weigh In!

With 40% grants available now under the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme#round-2 which closes on the 4th September, there is no excuse for livestock farmers to be still guessing the weight of their cattle!  You can now get weigh cells to go in your cattle crush/race for less than £1,000 after grant.  They will […]

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 […]

Farm Sustainability

Farm Sustainability is a term that is being mentioned a lot recently by politicians, environmentalists, farmers, researchers and the press.  But what does this mean?  For a farmer it means passing on a viable business to the next generation, but it is not just financial viability.  It has to be a farm that is socially […]