Farmers should re-consider the practise of skinning lambs when it comes to fostering at lambing time.
?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.
Shows and events
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.
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.
On the farm
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.
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.
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.
‘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
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
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
New products and research
RANKED second on Italy’s economic index for production, functionality and type (PFT 3335), a new bull from Mastergen is on the market.
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?
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.
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.
Advice and handy hints
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
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.