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  1. Agriland RSS

    ‘Where’s the cows daddy?’ UFU tells of farmers’ heartbreak over bovine TB

    Written by Rachel Martin from Agriland The chilling psychological effects of bovine TB have left some farmers unable to even enter their own yards, according to union reps in the North. Ulster Farmers’ Union staff and office-bearers spoke about the heartbreaking experiences of stock keepers...
  2. Agriland RSS

    Fodder planning: Have you enough silage for this winter?

    Written by Agriland Team from Agriland Silage cutting is in full swing again this week as the sunny spells and settled weather conditions have provided an ideal chance for farmers to secure additional fodder in the form of bales or pit silage. However, many farmers are asking themselves if...
  3. B

    Calf creep feeders

    Got 25 suckers with calves feb to may born, would like to try and just help them on a bit as some of the cows aren’t overly milky, I’ve never used a creep feeder, what should I be doing to achieve the best and avoid any pit falls ? calves are normally sold off the cow about November but I could...
  4. brettsacks

    Dairy cows for 100% Forage System

    Hello All, We are looking at starting a dairy herd, initially comprising of 10 cows and building up to 40 milking cows. Our cows' diet will be 100% forage based and they will also be out-wintered. As such, we have given a lot of consideration to the breeds that would work for our system. We...
  5. Agriland RSS

    Video: 3-month old Holstein heifer sells for over £42,000

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland On Wednesday (August 25) MartEye alongside Norton and Brooksbank hosted the sale dispersal sale of the Boghill Glamour herd for M. McCollum and D. McAfee, which saw a 3-month old Holstein heifer sell for a whopping 40,000gns. The sale is due to take...
  6. R

    What do you do when you're absolutely exhausted?

    Working every day from 6am until 8pm is taking a toll on me now, I feel exhausted all the time.
  7. Bald Rick

    When is a vegetarian not a vegetarian?

    When it's a giant tortoise of Fregate Island in the Seychelles ..... Long thought to be exclusively a herbivore, video proof has now appeared on one actively stalking, catching and eating a Noddy Tern chick...
  8. Spudie

    Calf’s on Heatwave feeder

    Anyone fed calf’s on one with powdered milk and how do you get on with it. Got it for lambs this year and pleased how they turned out. Only problem I see is how much more they drink as would it be cost effective on beef calf’s, and how do you get them eating enough meal if they’re full all the...
  9. brettsacks

    Extracting Milk from Receiving Jar with NO Milk Pump

    Hello All! I know this is possible - as I worked on a farm (in the USA) with no milk pump for a year... However, no dairy technician in the UK has been able to assist me with this... The crux of this is, we want milk to travel from the receiving jar straight into the cheese vat. Our milk is of...
  10. B

    1ST TIME MOTHER DOSENT WANT HERE CALF?

    had a heifer calve ok on her own out in the field, thats the good bit then she just abandoned it didnt want to know? Got mother and calf into yard and mother into crush calf sucks all right, but mother still dosnt really want to mother it? Ive had it a few times over the years, most happens when...
  11. D

    A Degree in Agriculture?

    What exactly do people gain from it? Farming is 90% hard graft and 20% inherited nowse innit? I “did” engineering and without that I’d be well n truly felled as an arable farmer, though my old man taught me more of that than uni. The agronomist specs the chemicals, I did PA1 and 2 and FACTS. I...
  12. Y

    Hourly wage for self employed worker

    I’m a self employed farm worker mainly calf rearing, lambing, some tractor work and holiday and sickness cover. I’ve recently been asked by another farm to rear calves and they said I was too cheap and should be asking more. I’ve 15 years experience of livestock and tractor / jcb work, my own...
  13. Joshie

    Calf seizure/ meningitis?

    Hi. I have a 12 week old calf which yesterday I found it laid flat out al 4 legs stiff and straight, head floppy etc. Called vet and he came out and said maybe tetanus or meningitis. Treated with Micotil and steroid. And started a course of pen strep. Within 2 hours we managed to get it up and...
  14. J

    Cost to produce silage/acre

    Trying to redo the business plan as and when I have time and would be interested to know what everyone budgets for silage these are my figures I came up with at breakfast about right? Seems too much but I've done everything as realistically as I can for a multi cut system doing 6 cuts per year...
  15. Conor @ Herdwatch

    Map your farm for FREE with Farm Maps by Herdwatch

    Put your farm on the map with Farm Maps by Herdwatch Our Brand New FREE Farm Mapping Service (Beta) ✔️Map your farm for FREE with the Herdwatch app. ✔️A simple way to create a map of your farm using satellite imagery. ✔️Name your fields, measure them & colour code by purpose. ✔️Create Paddocks...
  16. Conor @ Herdwatch

    Map your farm for FREE with farm maps by Herdwatch

    Put your farm on the map with Farm Maps by Herdwatch Our Brand New FREE Farm Mapping Service (Beta) ✔️Map your farm for FREE with the Herdwatch app. ✔️A simple way to create a map of your farm using satellite imagery. ✔️Name your fields, measure them & colour code by purpose. ✔️Create Paddocks...
  17. DairyGrazing

    How much are you planning on investing in the next 20 years?

    Just had a think about what we'd like to do going forward just to stand still on 400 cows. 1)450k on a parlour 2)150k to get the rest of the milkers onto deep sand and heifers off straw onto cubicles 3)50k on tracks 4)75k on silage pits to stop over filling the current one and so we dont have...
  18. ImLost

    Off grid power project

    Excuse the quick sketch! (bored at work 🙄) Hopefully the pic helps explain a bit about what I'm trying to achieve. I have a piece of land which is off grid that I'm hoping to rear some calves on. Water isn't so much a problem as I have a well and plenty of rainwater. However, power I have...
  19. Farm Business RSS

    New lifelong approach to dairy efficiency

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business A new approach to dairy nutrition based on extensive research will help dairy farmers improve health and performance at all stages of a dairy cow’s life. Leading feed block manufacturers and innovators Crystalyx have used their 40 years’ experience in...
  20. Farm Business RSS

    Importance of body condition scoring in suckler cows

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Avoiding obesity, excessive leanness or large changes in condition in pregnant suckler cows could avoid unnecessary winter feed use and lead to healthier fast-growing calves, new research has found. Body condition scoring is a rapid way to assess fat...
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