1. H

    Autumn Calving Cows mastitis

    What do folk do for there autumn calving beef cows to prevent mastitis in them? Usually we try to cover them start of July with fly pour on but every year get 5 or 6 out of 90 that get hit with mastitis! By the time they are noticeable the quarter is already shot and usually the cow has to get...
  2. Macsky

    Anyone using Mayo 12 month bolus?

    As above, is anyone using the Mayo 12 month bolus? Looks like good cobalt cover but less selenium. Be quite convenient just bolusing the once.
  3. D

    Worst holstein bulls that I,ve used

    Thought I,d share my disasters with you all, and would love to hear your experiences/ disasters
  4. Farm Business RSS

    T-HEXX® DRY offer allows for smarter drying off this summer

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Dairy farmers drying off cows this summer can take advantage of improved udder protection by incorporating T-HEXX® DRY into their routine. An external barrier for application following the use of dry cow therapy and/or internal teat sealant, T-HEXX®...
  5. jackrussell101

    Wholecrop to dry cows?

    Does anyone on here do it? Grown it for the first time in years. Usually feed 18kg grass, 2-3kg straw and then just some standard dry cow mineral at 0.1kg a head. Would I simply replace the straw and some of the silage with the wholecrop to make the ration work?
  6. S

    Suckler systems I may have tipped myself over the edge

    Suckler system in a small way 30 cows BBxhol. Bulled to the Charlie. wanting to change the system we have for the cows. We calve in doors in March turn out in April weather dependant. And sell in the following feb onwards. Feel could maybe better the system / refine it. ok her goes tin hat on...
  7. Agriland RSS

    Selective dry cow therapy proving beneficial – AFBI

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Recent trial work carried out by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) has highlighted the benefits of selective dry cow therapy as a mainstream dairy management tool. Standard antibiotic-based dry cow therapy involves the infusion of a...
  8. Agriland RSS

    Dairy Focus: Prevention better than cure in Co. Antrim

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland In this week’s Dairy Focus, Agriland made the trip to meet the McLean family on their dairy farm near Straid, Co. Antrim. Roy, his wife and their six children are currently milking 85 to 90 mainly Holstein Friesian cows, supplying milk all year-round...
  9. F

    SFI Welfare Scheme to Pay Vets to do Health and Welfare Plans?

    How many Vets out there actually know what happens on a mixed beef and sheep farm? There are a few very good Vets that have carried on doing large animals but most of them are like the farmers they serve getting long in the tooth. This looks to be a great money making scheme for the Vets with...
  10. Agriland RSS

    Time to start thinking about drying off autumn-calving cows

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland Autumn-calving cows are approaching the end of their lactations and are now at the point where farmers may be considering drying off some of the cows. A dry period is important for the following reasons: It allows for cows to build up body...
  11. Agriland RSS

    Kingshay report shows big dairy herd health improvements

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Dairy herd health and fertility have seen some marked improvements over the past year, according to the latest Kingshay Dairy Costings Focus report. Looking at all of the main health incidences recorded in Kingshay Health Manager – from milk fever to...
  12. Farm Business RSS

    Kingshay report shows big herd health improvements

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Dairy herd health and fertility have seen some marked improvements over the past year, according to the latest Kingshay Dairy Costings Focus report. Looking at all of the main health incidences recorded in Kingshay Health Manager – from milk fever to...
  13. Farm Business RSS

    Studies Show How Genomic Test CLARIFIDE® Plus Boosts Herd Health & Profits

    Written by John Swire Results from a recent study into Genomic testing have shown it can significantly reduce the costs of animal health by reducing disease incidence and antibiotic use. It is also shown to increase profitability by accurately predicting the performance and health traits of an...
  14. Stergios

    Mastitis Prevention Research: Teat Sealants & Antibiotics Use During Dry-Off

    Dear dairy farmers, I hope this message finds you all well and strong! I am an independent innovation consultant based in Cambridge UK, currently working with a leading veterinary pharmaceutical company. I am conducting research on Udder Health, specifically around Mastitis Prevention during...
  15. Ruminant Health & Welfare

    Pain management is quickest route to improved animal welfare

    Increased use of pain management would offer immediate opportunities to improve ruminant welfare across the UK at little extra cost, according to views captured at a recent workshop. Ruminant Health and Welfare (RH&W) identified a number of welfare challenges and positive interventions in the...
  16. B

    Weaning Lambs and Mastitis

    I’m generally a big believer in putting ewes in a bare paddock or a shed feeding straw for a few days to dry them off, but they’re at a block away from home and have grass coming out their ears. Two options really: A) bring them home for a few days to wean, then take them back (try to work...
  17. P

    Pulsation, vacuum level and cow health

    Question: what are people’s experience of different parlours?? I am looking for good udder health, reliability and as quiet as possible. I currently run Dairymaster equipment which milks cows out fine, but noisy. I have read a bit on the forum about reed pulsation- is there just one parlour...
  18. Guiggs

    Crossing over to the dark side!

    So I have taken my first steps towards not having to deal with wool and the people that remove it, the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned! Not the best pictures I'm afraid, they obviously haven't had a lot of human contact!
  19. L

    Sheep lameness

    So what’s everyone using to keep codd and foot rot at bay in your ewes. I’m regularly foot bathing with provita.
  20. Agriland RSS

    Taking the pressure off by weaning lambs

    Written by Michael Geary As we move further into the season, the task of weaning lambs will most likely be on the to-do list for many sheep farms over the coming weeks. Once lambs get to between 12 and 14 weeks old, farmers should consider weaning them off the ewes. By not doing this, it...