1. K

    Would you train a relief milker, Truro Cornwall

    Hi all, Wondering whats the best way to learn to milk cows, I feel like some morning work as a relief milker would fit around some other commitments in my life. As well as complimenting things I want to learn and do. To explain about me, I have a REALM degree, some stock experience, harvest...
  2. andybk

    Anyone milking sheep south west ?

    Anyone milking sheep south west ? just dont hear of many doing it , my cousin is looking for a supply , very established cheese maker . any excess can be mopped up by neighbouring national cheese maker .
  3. AHDB Podcast RSS

    341: Making the best silage for dry cows

    341: Making the best silage for dry cows Written by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Milking cows and dry cows have very different requirements from their diet. What might be high quality silage for one animal is another’s poison! As forage makes up the major part of a cow's...
  4. jerseycowsman

    Sole ulcers?

    Am I right in thinking sole ulcers are caused by injury to the foot? DD and foul are infectious and white line is grit. As most of you are aware we have recently moved and the winter accommodation is far superior to what we used to have, cubicles with mattresses and slats that are mostly covered...
  5. J


    I'm in the process of redoing budgets and cashflows taking into account the price rises. Ive been warned by my dad that after this year he doesn't want to be doing farm work on a day to day basis (deteriorating health from years of abuse when he milked). The suckler cows will be going in the...
  6. C

    Autumn calving cow milk yields

    I would be interested in hearing opinions on target milk yields of autumn calving cow calving September/October and going to grass last week of March early April depending on weather After turnout in the spring Would you go for a higher yield where the cow gets grass and cake or lower yield and...
  7. J

    Calves only sucking 2 quaters

    I have 2 calves coming up to 2 weeks old that have both only sucked from one half of their mothers, the other side looks pretty big on both mothers. Should I get them in the crush & milk the other 2 quarters? I thought after a couple of weeks the calves would have found them. If left could it...
  8. Agriland RSS

    Entries for 2022 RABDF Gold Cup competition now open

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland Entries for the 2022 Royal Association Of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) Gold Cup competition are now being accepted, and will continued to be until the deadline of July 29. The annual competition, sponsored by National Milk Record (NMR), is one of the...
  9. Muddyroads

    Clarkson on the nail again?

    Hopefully this will copy across from this morning’s Sunday Times: I do tend to go through life with a general sense that everything will be all right in the end. Yes, we are told every 20 minutes that soon the Earth will be a superheated ruin that’s no longer capable of supporting even...
  10. Agriland RSS

    Goat farm fined after worker fatally struck by telehandler

    Written by Agriland Team from Agriland A goat farm in Yorkshire has been fined £180,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs for safety breaches that resulted in a farm worker being run over and fatally wounded. Back in August 2018, 53-year-old Janet McDonald, an employee of Yorkshire Dairy...
  11. S

    Autumn calving?

    As above really, considering going from a sort of Ayr pattern to autumn block. I'd like eventually to start calving end sept/October, looking at my current pattern, a third or so already fit, just over a third are in January and February and the rest are sort of littered about the rest of the...
  12. bobk

    Our Queen is struggling

    Seems the situation since her husbands death is having a huge effect on her health The monarchy is near the end , Charles , who imo is a total git should abdicate and give the job to William .
  13. martian

    A Soil Academy

    There's a lot of muttering about how rubbish standard Agriculture courses are at Universities and Colleges, which may be unfair but it got me wondering whether it would be possible to design a course that actually taught students to farm regeneratively. I imagine a small farm run by the...
  14. CopperBeech

    Are references a thing of the past ?

    Just curious really, what got me thinking was a previous employee of mine. People always say good staff in Ag are really hard to find. But rarely do people seem to request references from previous employers when they are looking to take someone on. Why is this? I sacked a lad about 2 years...
  15. Farfrae

    Simpler Times?

    From The Eagle comic, 1956. It all looks very pleasant not a drop of rain or bit of mud anywhere.
  16. box

    LIC CellSense/Saber SCC - Any good?

    Evening Anyone familiar with this system? I've just come across some second hand LIC CellSense units (and the 24v power supply) at a very, very sharp price. No idea if they work or not, but I'm prepared to take a punt. What kind of reagent do they run on? Is the cheap CMT (or what we call...
  17. N

    Interest rates

    If the cost of borrowing money rises, consumers and businesses have less money to spend. As demand falls economic growth slows down and in theory so should the prices of goods and services. Increasing the Bank rate is like a lever for slowing down inflation. Just copied the above, If energy and...
  18. Agriland RSS

    Fonterra to expand trial on reducing methane emissions to more farms

    Written by Stella Meehan from Agriland New Zealand dairy cooperative, Fonterra, is to expand a trial which uses seaweed to reduce methane emissions from cows. In 2020, Fonterra entered a partnership with Sea Forest to see if using Asparagopsis seaweed as a supplement feed for dairy cows could...
  19. Agriland RSS

    Three more judges confirmed for UK Dairy Day

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The more judges have been confirmed for UK Dairy Day 2022, taking place on September 14, in Telford, Shropshire. David Winnington, Laura Sales and Eddit Barrett will complete the event’s judging lineup by determining the best of the coloured breeds...
  20. sjt01

    Biogas plant from Omni Heat and Power

    Has anyone had experience with an AD plant from Omni Heat and Power? There is a farmer I am trying to help who has had one, which has CHP and control system issues and has not been running for some while. Omni will not answer the phone to him, and have phoenixed into a new company so no...