calving

  1. Agriland RSS

    Holstein UK Premier Herd award winners 2021

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The Holstein UK Premier Herd awards have concluded, with first place this year going to the Davlea herd from the South West. Ian Davies and his son Max run the 140-head Davlea herd in Somerset on around 300ac of both rented and owned land. The herd are...
  2. L

    Light quarters.

    Have been doing some analysis on our mastitis rates etc as we have red tractor at the end of the month and want to be prepared for anything. it looks like we will end up treating fourteen cows for the season or just under 6% with a further 4 heifers coming in light in at least 1 quarter. I...
  3. Farm Business RSS

    Vets recommend new M. Bovis vaccine

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Vets across the UK have welcomed a new vaccine against Mycoplasma Bovis, with 95% of those surveyed recommending its use where the disease is present. The vaccine, which has been used in the US for several years, has since 2019 been assessed in a...
  4. A

    Dairy Herdsmen expected salary

    Hi there. I am currently a herdsmen on a local dairy farm (no accommodation provided) but an opportunity has come about for me to move to another farm with a 2 bed house for me to live in. I need your advise on what you would expect my salary would be with the accommodation and then without so...
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    Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

    Written by Rachel Martin from Agriland Northern Ireland farmers are costing themselves thousands in additional heifer rearing costs by calving on average four and a half months after the 24-month recommended target. Improving dairy herd genetics offers the potential to deliver a five-fold...
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    Research confirms the need for holistic approach to dairy nutrition

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland A series of Crystalyx-funded trials, carried out at a number of renowned international research centres, has confirmed the absolute priority for dairy farmers to meet the nutritional needs of their animals in a holistic sense. This principle holds...
  7. The Grinch

    Monster Cattle or Incorrect Passports ?

    Went to store sale at Leek on Saturday, couldn’t help but notice a run of cattle that were meant to be from 5 - 8 months old that looked more like 14 months. Am I missing a trick, is there some miracle feed out there ? Or maybe a miracle breed? Or do people just get their dates muddle up ? 🤔
  8. cookiesandwich9

    Calving/dairy placement

    I am a second year veterinary student at Harper and Keele looking for a 1-2 week placement during 3-9th January, 14th March-3rd April or summer 2022 July onwards (although this summer is a last resort if necessary)
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    Cash is King or Not?

    I don't often go shopping but today I wanted a new pair of sun glasses now that summer has arrived. The last basic ones I bought from Boots so I thought I would go back and find another £30 pair. Got to the till and handed over £30.00 cash and was told they only accepted card payments! Now I...
  10. crazy_bull

    Is a lumpy bag a reason to Cull?

    I’m not talking about the udders that are like a bag of spanner’s, they are an obvious red stripe (red means dead). what about the young ewes with the odd ping pong ball sized lump in the bag or one ‘tenticle’ feeling hard in the bag. Not really sure what to do with those. seem to have a lot...
  11. W

    Situation Vacant Herd person vacancy

    Exciting opportunity to join a small team as a herd person on a modern 200 cow Autumn calving farm situated near Caernarfon in North West Wales. Duties include milking, feeding, young stock rearing, tractor driving and general farm work. Must have a full driving license. Good knowledge and...
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    September’s to do list: Selecting sires, fodder budget and grass

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland Summer has come to an end, we have now entered September and autumn has begun. Now is a good time for autumn-calving farmers to get some jobs ticked off the to do list. Autumn-calving herds are entering an important time of the year on their farms...
  13. zsnotdead

    Milk fever,Ca bolus

    A calcium bolus contains 10 times more calcium than a bottle contains but is it sufficient to get a cow up which is down with milk fever. I always put a bottle in the vein to get them up quick just incase the bolus is not enough, thoughts please, seems to be milk fever season here with cows...
  14. L

    Cash flow/ cost control

    So,it’s looking like upto the end of September ( allowing for anomalies) our cash flow position will be within 1k of last yr despite producing less milk. The position for the rest of the yr looks more uncertain. Was wondering how others are doing currently and what there budgets are suggesting...
  15. Cows 'n grass

    Budget lighting

    I have 3 sheds that I'd like to get some lights in before winter. Two are housing /calving sheds and the other is the feed yard that we have just covered over. I just want to be able to see a better than just wandering around with a head torch but it doesn't need to be like daylight. All...
  16. Stags Agri

    DISPERSAL SALE OF TRACTORS, TELEHANDLER, TRAILERS, FULL RANGE OF MACHINERY - 22/09/2021

    DISPERSAL SALE OF TRACTORS, TELEHANDLER, TRAILERS, FULL RANGE OF MODERN FARM MACHINERY, ATTACHMENTS, CATTLE & GENERAL EQUIPMENT, & FERTILISER On behalf of Mrs J Waldron WEDNESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2021 STARTING AT 10.30AM OUTSIDE ENTRIES Outside entries are invited by permission. PLEASE NOTE...
  17. Stags Agri

    DISPERSAL SALE OF COMBINE, 4 TRACTORS, TELEHANDLER, RTV, FULL RANGE OF MACHINERY - 28/09/2021

    New Barton Farm, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0EE Tue 28 September 2021 DISPERSAL SALE OF COMBINE, 4 TRACTORS, TELEHANDLER, RTV, FULL RANGE OF ARABLE & GRASSLAND MACHINERY, LIVESTOCK & GENERAL EQUIPMENT On behalf of Messrs TJ & CA Jakins PLEASE NOTE ONLINE BIDDING WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL TRACTORS...
  18. JMTHORNLEY

    New telehandler time

    What’s the thinking on new handlers now? Ive a Merlo 32.6 that’s due refreshing 1000hr ish a year but don’t like the look of these new deadman switches that seem to be coming in. Is this all over the new market board or just Merlo? Would be thinking along the lines of a 42.7 or 38.10. Any...
  19. B

    Boluses

    Has anyone used Kersia's boluses? Are they any good? Any recommendations for a good calcium bolus?
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    Autumn-calving: Preparing for calves on your farm

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland The autumn-calving season is due to kick off on dairy farms in the coming days and weeks, as farmers gear up for winter milk production. This will mean that calves will soon be arriving on these farms and it is important that you are prepared for...
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