Averages up in Ruthin show potentials sale

23 February 2015

?AVERAGES were up on the year, reflecting tremendous quality from start to finish in last weekend’s Farmers Guardian-sponsored show and sale of show potential calves and stirks in Ruthin.

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Shows and events

UK Dairy Expo

UK Dairy Expo 2015 set to be bigger and better than ever

26 February 2015

The Borderway UK Dairy Expo which takes place at the Borderway Exhibition Centre in Carlisle on March 6-7 has attracted an entry of 400 of the UK’s best dairy cattle to compete for a share of the £15,000 prize fund.

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SIMA 2015: Grassland and livestock equipment

24 February 2015

AS the SIMA show continues to evolve, so too does the diversity of exhibitors. And grassland and livestock equipment is no exception, with continuing growth of exhibitors year on year.

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On the farm

Left to right: Alex, Ian and Janet Patrick

A new dairy unit ends years of uncertainty for tenants

28 February 2015

For more than 30 years, the probability of their tenanted dairy farm being sold for residential development had hung over a Greater Manchester family. But it all came good last year. Howard Walsh reports.

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Grassland Toolkit

A sponsored essential guide to grassland management.

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Grassland Toolkit - February 2015

23 February 2015

A unique guide which aims to provide you with key tools and information you will need to evaluate and, where necessary, take steps to improve your grassland productivity.

BVD Zero

BVD Zero is a sponsored awareness series

BVD Zero: Battle to plan accurate vaccine timings leading to poorly protected stock

DESPITE the fact we are still in the depths of muddy, cold winter, it is time to start planning for spring turnout and, with that, comes the annual headache of scheduling all the required vaccines and treatments today’s dairy or suckler cow undergoes in a year.


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GEA: How to improve parlour routine and milk quality

IN the current economic climate, it is probably more important than ever to keep on top of milk quality.

Maize Matters

Maize Matters is a sponsored series brought to you in association with KWS.

MAIZE MATTERS 1 - Making maize great in 2015

‘A fantastic year’ is how experts describe the 2014 maize growing season. In the first of the 2015 Maize Matters series, we review last year and offer some advice on varietal choice.

Benchmark Animal Health

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Benchmark Animal Health

Benchmark Animal Health - “Controlling an abortion storm”

23 February 2015

The final article in our Benchmark series on enzootic abortion (EA) focuses on disease control and offers some tips on how to deal with an abortion storm.

TB in cattle

Edwin Baker says no party concerned with the badger cull trials has benefited from them being stopped.

Farmers determined to begin badger cull roll out - Raymond Video

25 February 2015

FARMERS are determined to commence badger culling in new areas this autumn, NFU president Meurig Raymond has insisted, after Liz Truss confirmed Conservative support for further roll out

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New products and research

New bull ranks high on Italy's genomic index

9 February 2015

RANKED second on Italy’s economic index for production, functionality and type (PFT 3335), a new bull from Mastergen is on the market.

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Show business 2015

Show Business 2015: The final six - cast your vote now!

After much deliberation over a huge number of entries, the seven finalists in the Farmers Guardian Show Business 2015 competition are revealed here. It is time to cast your vote – who do you want to win?

Technical features

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Practical advice to help you reduce your lamb losses

11 January 2015

Lamb losses are very costly and reducing losses by just 1 per cent could help boost returns this season. They can occur at any stage of lamb development and knowing where you are losing lambs is essential to be able to put management decisions in place to address the issue.

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Getting to grips with trace element status

11 January 2015

Regular blood testing and a targeted approach to key nutrient supplementation is helping one Eden Valley stock producer tackle increasingly changeable trace element needs and reduce costs on his 2,400 hectare (6,000 acre) farm. Farmers Guardian reports.

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Advice and handy hints

Handy Hints: On-farm post-mortems could help reduce lamb losses

12 February 2015

Over the next few months, thousands of lambs will be born across the UK, but some will die in the early stages of life. Louise Hartley speaks to Clare Phythian, featured in the Eblex step-by-step video guide to post-mortems.

The vet column

Newborn calf

Vet's View: Top tips for reducing stress at calving

26 February 2015

As a busy time approaches for many dairy and beef spring calving herds, stress levels of the cow and farmer will be increasing. Louise Hartley speaks to vet Kathryn Hart for her top tips.

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