1. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Recording vs Genomic Testing

    I’m thinking of stopping milk recording and pedigree registrations. It’s a bit of a hassle CIS website is terrible to use and their app is rubbish so hard to actually extrapolate information out of it. Parlour system tells me the yields would just miss the butterfat, protein and scc though these...
  2. M

    Getting ewes smaller

    Hoping to cross my Romneys with something else to produce a smaller ewe that can be in wintered and hopefully allow me to carry more ewes to the acre.Currently run three to the acre.These are pretty large girls some over 90 kilos.would like to brink that down to around 65Any thoughts on the...
  3. Agriland RSS

    Dairy farmers enjoy a family Christmas

    Written by Agriland Team from Agriland Before Bernard Heavey and his family invested in Lely Astronaut milking robots, Christmas morning was a busy time, with an early start to milk the cows through the parlour, wash down and then scrape the barn as well. “We’d be under pressure to get out...
  4. SR7

    Easycare sheep experiment

    Currently have 400 indoor lambing mules and texel/mules. I bought 15 sucked hoggets and 25 ewe lambs to try over the next year. Ewe lambs purchased for £105 weighing roughly 45kg in September and sucked hoggets for £150 at around 60-65kg. Tupped half with Charollais and other half to beltex...
  5. L

    new cubicle shed with no roof ventilation

    Building a new cubicle shed which would have covered ridge in shed over cubicles.This will make beds wet other option is spaced sheeting but will make shed dark.Was thinking of normal roof with skylights and yorkshire boarding all round shed is a roof with apex over cubicles.
  6. S

    Teat scrubbing brush

    Is anyone using them? Are they any good? Any thoughts on them? Thanks
  7. Agriland RSS

    Parlour training your in-calf heifers, have you started yet?

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland The milking production season has ended on many spring-calving dairy farms for 2021, and now is a good opportunity for those farms to begin parlour training. As farmers and cows take a well deserved break ahead of 2022, the introduction of the in-calf...
  8. Joeblue

    Cns mastitis

    Getting terrible mastitis which is not curing up have used synulox and terrixine tubes .betamox ,engermcin and tyylosin injections, tylosin cured a few of them, sensitivity test said CNS was problem I am pre and post dipping, really at my wits end tuned 6 cows this morn, any hel greatly appreciated.
  9. J

    Fertility figures comparison

    As athe title says really, how am I doing fertility wise? Days to conception isn't as good as I would like bit think that moving the autumn's to spring will have impacted that, but the rest seems OK? Production figures leave a lot of room for improvement :(
  10. C

    Cutting costs & making more money (short term)

    Now we're into Winter housing, I'm after sharing ideas to cut costs of production short-medium term. Here's a couple of mine to kick off: - Trial hot wash AM only, monitor bactoscans - Reduce cake to over-conditioned cows once confirmed PD+ - Give cows more time in feed yard to up milk from...
  11. Farm Business RSS

    Breaking News peaks among young Holstein sires

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business A new wave of genomic young sires dominates the top of the Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) ranking, led by the fittingly named Peak Breaking News. Published today (7 December, 2021) by AHDB Dairy, the top 10 features an unprecedented eight young bulls...
  12. Farm Business RSS

    Anpario awarded UK patent for Orego-Stim, the composition of which reduces antimicrobial resistance in calves

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Anpario, the independent manufacturer of natural, sustainable feed additives for health, nutrition and biosecurity, has successfully been granted a UK patent for their leading phytogenic product Orego-Stim. The composition of which is effective in...
  13. B

    Winter flushing sheep.

    Hi. This might sound a silly question but what is winter flushing of sheep and what is involved? Thanks.
  14. sjt01

    Cow Manager tags - anyone got good or bad experiences?

    At an R500 meeting yesterday, much discussion on the benefits of Cow Manager tags, everyone who had them was impressed. Perhaps this was to justify the money they had spent! I see in a post from 27 July this year that @Cowmansam uses them, do many others of you? It would be very useful to pick...
  15. J

    Post dip

    What's evryone using? Had a price on a barrel of deosan activate barrier which is what I've been using since the cows have been back in the cubicles and the price has gone up over £100 since I ordered in the spring 😳 Wondering if there's a cheaper option? Would like a barrier dip still and tbf...
  16. W

    Peracetic acid — pre dip

    Anybody use peracetic acid as a pre dip? What concentration is safe? Do you use a foaming cup or an ordinary dip cup?
  17. Still Farming

    Omicron in The UK !

    Here we go again!
  18. ADHDan

    Calf born with no eyes,

    had a calf born this morning with no eyes , seems a decent little calf, was up and suckling but no eyes inside the sockets . I haven’t had any positive BVD results “yet” so id like to assume that’s not it, I’m going to get the vet to come and test just to make sure; the cow was a Holstein and I...
  19. glow worm

    To mask up or not?

    With parts of Devon & Cornwall currently having the highest cases of Covid in the Country ( according to the BBC news) what does everyone think on whether or not mask wearing should continue to be encouraged? With nearly all our local shops / businesses still asking for people to wear masks...
  20. L

    Methods off drying off.

    We never get this right. We put cows onto straw for a day. Only milk them once. Dry them off. Leave on straw for another day. Then introduce the dry cow diet. during this period they are very noisy obviously hating it. It was bare able when we dry off over a week now we do it over 4 days. It’s...