Identifying hidden carriers of Johne’s disease in dairy cows, and out-wintering stock were topics at the recent DairyCo research day at the Cliff family’s Bankhead Farm, Broxton, Cheshire.
The UK is home to one of the most diverse sheep industries in the world, with its many levels of stratification, breeds and markets. Louise Hartley speaks to Dewi Jones, chief executive of Innovis, the country’s leading sheep genetics business, for his thoughts on the industry and predictions for the future.
The Lincoln Red Cattle Society’s autumn show and sale at Newark saw the champion bull, Foulness Leroy, from Chris Page, Brough, sell for 5,800gns.
Shows and events
The Boclair herd repeated their success of two years ago by topping an increased entry at the popular West of Scotland show in Ayr market recently.
Hundreds of young dairy enthusiasts from across Britain descended on the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, for the most prestigious event in a young breeder’s calendar, the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show. Louise Hartley reports from the new venue.
On the farm
Despite not showing at this year’s Beef South West event, Mike and Danni Cowell will be eagerly awaiting the results from the Red Ruby Devons classes on the day. Wendy Short reports.
Profit From Grass
As the 2014 grazing season begins to draw to a close, the key trends of the season have come to light for many, says DairyCo technical extension officer Piers Badnell.
THE last article in our Maize Matters series highlights predicted yield and quality results for this season and covers disease challenge, storage issues and revised seed rates.
In our final Forage Watch for 2014, our farmers reflect on a good growing season but face the challenge of falling milk price.
THIS year’s exceptional growing season means Steve Jones is heading into the winter with the best forage stocks he has ever had, however he is fearful falling milk price could hit margins hard.
TB in cattle
THE Badger Trust’s legal challenge against the legitimacy of the pilot badger culls has finally been quashed by the Court of Appeal.
New products and research
A NEW range mycotoxin binders, including one which is best suited to high stress situations where cows need optimum protection, have been launched by Rumenco.
Cryptosporidium is now the second most common cause of scouring in calves. Chloe Palmer finds out more about the impact of this parasite and how the risk of infection can be minimised.
Ever-present in our environment and a potential threat to the health and productivity of even the best-run dairy herds, mycotoxins produced by moulds in feed ingredients should now be on every herd manager’s radar.
Advice and handy hints
Ken Black, Bayer’s rural hygiene manager, discusses the challenges posed by rodents and outlines his five top tips for defeating them as part of a planned integrated control programme.
The vet column
Many farmers would not normally associate heifers with mastitis but, with more cases being identified, a number of vets and farmers are successfully using teat sealants to prevent the disease. Louise Hartley talks to vet Dave Gilbert to find out more.
Do you consider yourself a good judge of stock? If so, enter the Farmers Guardian annual stockjudging competition, organised to promote the winter fairs we are supporting throughout the UK and you could win the top prize of £200, with two runners-up each receiving £50.
Flocks and herds
Dendor Herefords from D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones of Caersws, Newtown, swept the board in the annumal Hereford Cattle Society awards. Their first award came with the female of the year trophy, awarded for their two-year-old heifer Dendor 1 Molly 41.