Optimise forage utilisation by stimulating rumen activity with forage supplements

Livestock producers looking to make the most of grazed forage can increase intake and digestion by 10% when supplementing pastures with a nutrient-rich forage supplement, says Dr Alison Bond, nutritionist for Rumenco.

Classical BSE confirmed on Somerset farm

A single case of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been confirmed on a farm in Somerset, the Animal and Plant Agency has confirmed.

Badger culls extended to seven new areas

Natural England has issued licences for badger culling in seven new areas of England in 2021 – Hampshire, Berkshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and two areas in Shropshire.

Producers must keep PRRS on their radar

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is the most important and costly disease on UK pig farms, affecting the performance of sows, sucklers, weaners, growers and finishers. Therefore, it is important producers are aware of the prevalence of this disease and have a detailed control programme in place.

Number of Approved Tuberculin Testers continues to grow

More than 100 people from across the agricultural community have now qualified or are in training to become an Approved Tuberculin Tester (ATT) of cattle, reports UK Farmcare.

Farms share advice on finding the right milking system

Working to the conditions of the land was a top priority for Cornish farmer Tom Jones, who is hopeful that a new milking system will reduce the farm’s milking time to 2.5 hours. Meanwhile, for Welsh farmers Leo and Giles Rowland, reliability and technology were top of the list when they installed the UK’s first Centrus Composite Rotary System.

Free TB advice service to go England-wide from autumn

From autumn, the TB Advisory Service (TBAS), which offers free biosecurity advice, will be available to all farmers in England who keep livestock susceptible to TB, rather than just those in high risk and edge areas.

New welfare rules announced for farm animals in transit

The NFU said it is pleased Defra has made changes to some proposals based on evidence supplied, but is disappointed that other areas are not more ‘meaningfully welfare-focused’.

Farmers speak out on bTB hardship as Geronimo dominates headlines

As the case of Geronimo the alpaca makes headlines and stirs national sympathy, Farmers Guide takes a look at the mental health impacts bTB has on the UK’s farmers every single day.

Lifecycle analytics: Turning efficiency values into real-time rewards

Herd recording and pig business analysis is changing – and it must if the sector is to achieve key targets to improve efficiency, reduce waste and meet carbon neutral objectives.
Jane Jordan writes.

Update to zinc-free diet research

Continued diet research in preparation for next year’s zinc ban has resulted in a piglet nutrition programme being extensively tested under commercial conditions by Primary Diets.

Warning over spike in worm egg counts

Farmers are being urged to test their lambs for worms to avoid impacts on growth rates, as high burdens are being reported across the UK following a period of warm and wet weather.

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