1. Surgery

    Cow bolus

    What folk using to mineral bolus through calving to bulling?
  2. Farm Business RSS

    Address nutritional shortfalls in forage ahead of calving and lambing

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business As concentrate prices hold strong and livestock farmers push stock harder on homegrown feeds, nutritional shortfalls in forage needs to be addressed for breeding stock, says Dr Alison Bond, nutritionist for Rumenco. “Throughout the winter feeding...
  3. Mark Hatton

    YAMS 2022

    “Yorkshire’s biggest agricultural machinery show is all set to go ahead with organisers reporting a surge of tradestand bookings as further coronavirus restrictions look unlikely to happen. The Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) which is due to take place at York Auction Centre on...
  4. J

    Dry cow feeding

    Any jersey herds out there using xzelit calcium binder in the dry period?
  5. L

    Glyphosate around young hedges

    Hi bit of a disaster here today, had a new guy spraying around a thorn hedge that was planted last year, he wasn’t very selective where he sprayed and managed to get some of the plants. They do have rabbit guards around them but they will protrude maybe 9 inch above I know it will kill the grass...
  6. Ruminant Health & Welfare

    Calf pilot plans solutions for end of bull calf euthanasia

    With the clock ticking on changes to Red Tractor standards in 2023 which will strengthen the UK dairy industry’s commitment to rear every calf with care, a pilot initiative on-farm is tackling the key challenges of breeding, rearing and marketing. RH&W says over 1.4 million calves are born to...
  7. W

    What are my cows worth ?

    How long is a piece of string? I have been milking for 45 years + and never bought or sold a milking cow, they’ve all gone as barrens, but I’ve reached an age when it’s time to give up. Easy option is an on farm dispersal sale so I know I am getting the true market value. Arriving at a value...
  8. R

    Marginal Litres

    I've just caught up on John Roche's ADHB presentation on marginal litres. I also saw him give a similar one at Positive Farmers a few yrs ago. To anyone that's not seen it, the gist is that in spring calving grazing systems, feeding concentrates (or other bought feed) brings significantly more...
  9. Sir loin

    Any tips to help when mixing cows?

    I am currently calving my heifers (batch of 10) and remove one when calved only to replace her a couple of days later and bloody hell fireworks you would think they had never clapped eyes on them before. Any tips on how you replace or mix your cows/heifers?
  10. Pan mixer

    Don't be too honest

    I generally regard myself as being honest with almost everything especially in my dealings with the law makers and law checkers. This may well end though; Above is a picture of the 4 cows and their calves that we had to DNA test (at considerable expense and inconvenience) to prove that each...
  11. C

    Mineral lick for outwintered dry cows?

    Any thoughts on mineral lick for outwintered far-off dry cows? Holsteins outwintered on big bale silage (mature stuff) up to 3 weeks from calving. They have a proper transition diet 21 days from calving. Special dry cow lick is about 4 quid a bucket more than general purpose lick... Thoughts...
  12. J 1177

    David Handleys piece today

    Good morning FFA Well at least – and at last – we have some clarity on future farming policy in the UK, or at least the current George Eustice version of it. We are to devote ourselves mainly to returning everything to nature while producing one or two niche products in the few bits of land...
  13. K

    Lamb reviver/ boost/ jump start

    Lambing a few weeks away and wanting to know everyone's views on the lamb revive, boost and jump start products. Do they work? Are they worth the money? I was giving any lamb that hadn't sooked a shot of the Osmonds one and can't decide if it worked or not. It's was a third of the price of...
  14. jimmer

    Is teat sealant worth it ?

    After drying off 50 cows on Tuesday all with sealant and/or antibiotics that would have been averaging no more than 10L i am yet again frustrated with the amount of milk leakage Makes me wonder if sealant is actually necessary
  15. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Morning all and happy new year. Further to the information we published about the Sustainable Farming Incentive in December (see, today we're publishing information about the 2 other new...
  16. Agriland RSS

    DAERA introduces cybersecurity course for farm families

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland A new Farm Family Key Skills cybersecurity course, ‘Working Safe Online’ which aims to help farm families work safer online is now available from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). Increasing use of the internet...
  17. W

    Calf will not suck cow!

    Has anyone seen a new born calf which will simply not suck the cow or bottle or anything???? We have loads of calves born and not a problem above the usual where it might take a day to train one to suck a cow with a low/rough udder etc. but this fec'r is different and just will not take...
  18. A

    Thinking of beef farming

    Hi all, I’m wondering if I could get some advice please, I currently have a herd of 30 cows. I have my own pedigree bull and once calved, I keep calves until they’re ready to come of the cows. I then sell calves in the local mart. That’s the way I’ve been doing it for years but as I also work in...
  19. C

    How many collars/peds for heat detection?

    Considering getting a heat detection system e.g. collars or peds. Don't need them for maiden heifers as easily detected using estrotech patches. In the herd there's always a few barren cows that I don't want to breed, so wouldn't need heat detecting... For a 200 cow unit how many devices do I...
  20. S

    Situation Vacant Herd person to join long established oad milking herd on Pembrokeshire coast

    We looking for herd person to join family farm on Pembrokeshire coast, farm is grass based 500 spring calving herd, calving from mid February in 10 week block and over 18 years of milking once a day. Role would envole all aspects of operations from milking as team 2 in 32/64, grass allocation...