It is estimated 1 to 2 per cent of adult dairy cows are lame due to toe necrosis, which means up to 36,000 cows may be suffering from this painful condition every day.
ALL bar one of the 70 cattle on offer at the Hereford Cattle Society sale at Hereford on Wednesday sold, topping at 6,000gns for the champion, Lowesmoor 1 Jockey, a 21-month-old bull from M.J. Clark, Tetbury. By Lowesmoor 1 Gauloise, it sold to M.J. Burton, Leigh, Surrey.
THE downward movement, which has been feature of the cattle market in recent weeks, showed no sign of a reversal, according to AHDB figures to Tuesday.
On the farm
While Cumbrian farmer Kevin Holliday believes he may be ‘shooting himself in the foot’ by highlighting the potential profitability of the Herdwick ewe, he tells Neil Ryder this is the key to securing the future of the breed.
The vet column
When performed well, DIY artificial insemination can be of major benefit to livestock farmers, but with the danger of bad habits and poor technique reducing herd performance, Louise Hartley finds out why inseminator assessments are critical.
TB in cattle
THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has backed the Government’s decision not to roll out badger culling using controlled shooting to new areas, citing concerns over the effectiveness and humaneness of the policy.
New products and research
?LARGE increases in the price of fertilisers and pressure on the agricultural industry to reduce its contribution to water pollution mean making best use of nutrients has never been more important.
Advice and handy hints
With sheep farmers flat out in the middle of lambing, Farmers Guardian’s first monthly handy hints guide focuses on making sure every lamb gets off to a flying start.
Profit From Grass
For the launch of the 2014 Profit from Grass series grass experts from Eblex and DairyCo give us an insight into the situation across the country and we meet the four farmers who will be involved in the project this year.
A lack of targets and planning to increase yields from grazing is potentially reducing dairy margins, says Andrew Hawkins, Promar consultant in Cheshire.
THE increase in the acreage of maize being grown in the UK, more latterly as a result of feedstock demand from the growing number of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, has brought with it increasing disease pressure. Teresa Rush reports.