Dairy herd health and fertility see big gains over the past year

The latest Kingshay Dairy Costings Focus report shows marked improvements in health and fertility, as well as encouraging trends in production and financial performance.

Staying safe this silage season

Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual is urging farmers to make safety their first priority as a delayed silage first cut gets underway.

Soil health improved by fermented compost

Bokashi, a fermented alternative to compost, could help farmers improve soil organic matter and carbon retention.  

Supplement block boosts forage intake and digestion

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

Could outwintering in-calf heifers save you money?

Farmers who are short on silage or worried about straw supplies for the winter should think about whether outwintering in-calf heifers to reduce winter rearing costs, says AHDB.

The next generation of feed management

Innovative app package and weigh system Cowconnect is the next generation in dairy feed management systems – offering a ‘plug and play’ solution that is compatible with all brands of feed mixer wagon.

Wholecrop offers dual benefits to overcome forage shortages

With the exceptionally dry spring likely to have a knock-on effect on forage supplies, harvesting cereals originally drilled for grain as wholecrop in the coming weeks could help ease future shortages.

Wilt rapidly to reduce dry matter losses from silage

Dry matter losses are costing UK farmers an average of £25/tonne DM. But simple changes to silaging practices could help cut this cost.

Dock control after silage cuts

Spraying docks with an effective translocated herbicide two to three weeks after taking a silage cut will give very good control, according to Corteva Agriscience, as dock plants will all be the same size and have fresh healthy leaves when treated.

Next generation silage inoculants give options to feed recently made silage

Late turnout and actions by dairy farmers to cut milk output due to coronavirus impact, may see some running out of silage this spring.

Dairy, Forage & Silage

Dairy, Forage & Silage Feature from our March 2020 Issue

Could a multi-cut silage system improve dairy herd performance?

Rachael Porter investigates why many producers are switching to multiple cuts of silage rather than the typical two or three cuts per season.

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