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  1. 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...
  2. A

    Parlour return passage

    Looking at options for parlour return passage on a new build. Cows will turn 180 degrees (gradually) at parlour exit, then return passage and drafting area will run parallel to parlour/collecting yard. Original plan was for the cows to funnel into a 3ft slatted passage with drafting gate in...
  3. M-J-G

    Red Clover

    Who's growing it, and what are the up/down sides. I'm wondering about feeding it to young stock and restricted to sucklers along with straw. TIA
  4. Headless chicken

    What to feed heifer calves this autumn?

    Historically we’ve always fed cake and straw and they’ve done very well and it suits our system as we’ve not got any fixed facilities for them so we can just use tubs and a ring feeder. with cake price climbing higher we need to consider the alternatives as see how others are doing it. We fed...
  5. jed

    Sucklers anyone miss them ?

    I’ve had a mare of a calving time this year from abortion to cryp calves that won’t suck and really have had enough of the f…ing things pretty well convinced myself that they’ve got to go . I love to look at a field of great looking cows and calves but I’m not getting any younger kids are not...
  6. DairyGrazing

    Parlour Option

    We are milking for more than 3 hours at the moment with an extra 150 heifers to calf in the next 12 months. I'd like to milk 200 cows an hour. Holsteins 9500litres+ average so 30-33 a day. Currently do a mix of foaming/washable wipe on fresher calvers and soaked washable wipe on the rest. I...
  7. Bald Rick

    So you think you’re an engineer…..

    Answer me this then Is it possible to convert a SPFH in to a zero grazer? Remember, the key is to cause the least damage to the cut grass so knives out for a start but what about drum? Will the impeller be able to accelerate grass of, say 10” , up and through spout without blocking?
  8. Kevtherev

    Legumes

    Evening all I thought it may be a good idea of a dedicated legume thread for the livestock men. Clovers being the most popular inclusion in a grazing mix. Place to share ideas and info on alternative legumes used in grazing systems. Establishment methods/grazing management etc
  9. rusty

    Finishing Dairy bred stores

    I have 45 Lim and Stabilizer cross heifers and steers that are 17 months old and about 420kg. They have been on grazed grass only last summer and high quality silage and whole crop wheat TMR from when they were housed at the end of November. I have sold 9 as stores recently and was a bit...
  10. Durry cows

    3 in 1 advantage feeders-cattle

    How are people finding these? Looking at them as an option to feed dairy heifers on straw and corn as opposed to out of a bag. Is it realistically accurate to “set” it to 3kg/head/day? Thanks
  11. T

    Situation Vacant Part time GFW position N Yorks

    Turns out I can't do it all by myself, need a capable, enthusiastic and good humoured individual to help on a beef farm with a sizeable sideline in firewood. Part time role but could be made full time for the right person. Must be interested in cattle and/ or timber. Calve 50 sucklers each...
  12. A

    Parlour size for one-man set-up 140 cows

    Hi all, Looking at options to upgrade our ageing parlour. Want to be able to milk 140 cows as a one-man set up in preferably no more than 90 mins, plus wash down time, without feeling jet-lagged at the end of it. Herd size unlikely to grow beyond this but would like to build some flexibility...
  13. welger rp 220

    Protein Source

    With Soya in the £500s a tonne are there any cheaper alternatives to increase protein to mix with rolled oats/barley?
  14. daveydiesel1

    Potatoes for cows

    What feed value is there in refuse potatoes for milk in the tank
  15. Bruce Almighty

    Fodder beet in TMR

    We grow beet for our sheep which they either graze in-situ or feed through an auger bucket & chop coarsely. We also feed beet whole to bulling heifers & they love it. Put beet in front of the milkers & they won't look at it, split it with a shovel etc & not interested. Maize stocks are...
  16. rdr123

    Zero Grazing

    We're looking at possibly starting zero grazing again and due to only having 1 tractor and no front linkage/PTO we would buy a zero grazing forage wagon with a mower infront of the pickup. Does anyone have any experience with these and know how good a job they do? After looking online it seems...
  17. JFHudson

    Introducing our NEW bespoke Silocrab

    Introducing our NEW bespoke Silocrab Designed in conjunction with the team at Metcalfe Farms in North Yorkshire, I've desinged a bespoke product which efficiently collects up any left-over tmr from the feed passage before fresh ration is dispensed in front of the cows. The machine was...
  18. Limagrain News

    Selecting the correct maize variety has always been a major factor influencing crop success but proved even more so in the 2018 growing season

    Selecting the correct maize variety has always been a major factor influencing crop success but proved even more so in the 2018 growing season While most maize growers in 2018 achieved reasonable yields and good quality forage harvested early in near perfect conditions allowing early...
  19. JFHudson

    Introducing our NEW bespoke Silocrab

    Introducing our NEW bespoke Silocrab Designed in conjunction with the team at Metcalfe Farms in North Yorkshire, I've desinged a bespoke product which efficiently collects up any left-over tmr from the feed passage before fresh ration is dispensed in front of the cows. The machine was...
  20. Limagrain News

    Selecting the correct maize variety has always been a major factor influencing crop success but proved even more so in the 2018 growing season

    Selecting the correct maize variety has always been a major factor influencing crop success but proved even more so in the 2018 growing season While most maize growers in 2018 achieved reasonable yields and good quality forage harvested early in near perfect conditions allowing early...
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