1. Agriland RSS

    Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

    Written by Brian McDonnell While spring-calving herds are mid-way through their milk production season, most autumn-calving herds are approaching the end of theirs. Cows that calved last autumn are now in late lactation, and should be assessed to ensure that they are in the correct body...
  2. jerseycowsman

    The “I’m too posh to push” calving index!

    I think the PLi should include the above. I’ve had enough of having to intervene and pull because the mother just isn’t getting in with it over the last 5 years. Then the calf is absolutely useless at finding its mothers teat as well, I then have to feed it too. All this snatch calving etc has a...
  3. Sid

    Nice problem to have

    I have got too much good silage and not enough " roughage" left. I am going to be short of dry cow roughage until I make some. Being organic I can't feed conventional straw. Only option i have is to buy hay, or do the TFF collective have any other ideas?
  4. Farm Business RSS

    Automatic monitoring device detects disease in livestock

    Written by Lydia Turner Roboscientific, a Cambridgeshire based biotech firm, have developed a device that can immediately identify a disease or virus in an enclosed space. Currently in development the device automatically ‘sniffs’ the air in the barn for the presence of the digital fingerprint...
  5. grahampadfield

    Milk smell

    Milk taint smell. We are organic and have had huge problems with tainted milk. Suspected ...TBC, teat dip, ketosis. Etc eventually stopped feeding last seasons silage. Fed some 4 year old silage from the back end of the clamp. The milk is no longer tainted. Must be the charlock/dandelions or...
  6. Agriland RSS

    A good transition cow management plan is crucial for a successful dairy operation

    Written by Agriland Team A transition cow can be identified as a cow three weeks’ pre-calving and three weeks’ post-calving. Dairy cows face many physiological challenges during this time. This period is characterised by marked changes in the endocrine status of the animal. There is a...
  7. Agriland RSS

    Preventing mastitis in early lactation

    Written by Agriland Team Mastitis is the most economically challenging disease on a dairy farm, it causes the swelling of the cow’s udder tissue and mammary glands. Freshly-calved cows and heifers are the most susceptible to mastitis, due to a weakened immune system after calving. Economic...
  8. Elanco Technical Advisor

    The true cost of ketosis lies in effect on cow health

    The true cost of ketosis lies in effect on cow health Kate Heller MRCVS Elanco Ruminant Technical Consultant and Dairy Farmer Approximately 75% of disease in dairy cows typically happens in the first month after calving (Ref 1), with around half of dairy cows experiencing some sort of...
  9. Farm Business RSS

    New high calcium capsule targets post-calving problems

    Written by John Swire A rapid onset, steady release, high calcium oral capsule for dairy cows to reduce the risk of post-calving milk fever and sub-clinical calcium deficiency has been developed by Animax. In carbonate form, Easycal® Capsules supply 60g of calcium, which the maker claims is 40%...
  10. Agriland RSS

    AFBI warns of the risks of liver fluke infection this winter

    Written by William Kellett The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) wishes to bring to the attention of farmers the need to consider the risk of liver fluke infection in cattle and sheep this autumn and winter. Using a forecasting system based on climate data, staff at the institute have...
  11. C

    smelly milk ?

    I have a problem Arla have rejected our milk on the grounds that it has a sweet fruity smell to it . our cell count is 160 and bactoscan is around 10 . the cows eat swift kale /rape hybrid about 2 paces each day and add lib big bales 1st and 2nd cut rye grass they have been having some baled...
  12. L

    Milking cows for two years without calving

    Im strictly spring calving but this year i have 20 high yielding pure jersey cows and xs not in calf giving 15 to 20 litres .some are first calvers some 6th.Will they milk for two years i usually just cull but am abit short of replacement this year and keeping them would be a cheap alternative.
  13. Agriland RSS

    On the Horizon: Lely unveils latest farm management app

    Written by Agriland Team A new farm management application, dubbed Lely Horizon, has been recently unveiled by Lely. Revealed by the Dutch dairy robotics giant last week, the new application connects data from all relevant equipment and suppliers on the farm in one management system. Horizon...
  14. Agriland RSS

    Can you afford to leave 5p/L behind you?

    Written by Agriland Team The pioneering Lakeland Agri / Premier Nutrition Transition Management System (TMS) saves Northern Ireland farmers thousands of pounds by ensuring the cow is well managed during the dry and early lactation period. The TMS programme monitors cows and dairy herds across...
  15. Z

    Testing Energy levels in Cows

    What’s the best of testing a cow if she is low in energy etc? I had a temp vet out one year and he sampled a drop of the cows blood on the spot with a little device and it told him if the cow was low in energy or if she had ketosis.
  16. J

    Dry cow feeding.

    Just wondering what way other jersey herds manage their dry cow diets? Had quite a bit of bother with sub clincial milk fever and ketosis last year and looking ideas to sort it for incoming calving season. Had been feeding haylage and a dry cow nut. Thanks
  17. Farm Business RSS

    VikingGenetics to market health, oestrus and calving alert system

    Written by John Swire VikingGenetics UK has announced it is marketing the revolutionary cow monitoring system, smaXtec, in the UK. The system is unique in the marketplace in measuring the three parameters – activity, temperature and rumen pH. The fact that these measurements are taken from...
  18. epfarms

    Autumn calving nutritionist South West

    Does anyone have someone that they would recommend? We calve seasonally through late Summer and Autumn and often find that cows don't do as well as they should. I think our main issues are poorly balanced buffer feeding when out at grass, poor protein/energy balance when housed usually resulting...
  19. L

    How can anybody be bothered with charolais?

    The last 3 charolais calves we had all wouldn't suck the cows at birth. 2 different bulls. The last one was cavelands fenian. Born now 14 hours and still wont suck the cow. Itll suck her if i hold its head and turn the tit into her mouth and risk getting my brains knocked out but i cant hold it...
  20. B

    Cow had abortion, now wont eat

    Hi I had a cow abort a calf, about a month early. No reason why, vet has taken bloods from cow. I milked her the day she calved, all ok. Yesterday she was not great looking so vet tubed her with recovery drink and gylcol. I went to the yard this morning and she milked a small amount, but Is not...