Last week i upgraded my phone from a Nokia nearly as old as me to the cheapest smartphone on the market so now i have the TFF App and find myself taking photos of everything.

So i thought I'd start a dairy specific picture thread where people can post pics of cows, calves, bulls, parlours, machinery that's never seen a grease gun or any thing else you might find on a dairy farm.
Very nice! What is she by? Looks" Ferdon" type , What Jerseys looked like before they decided to spoil Holstein-ize our lovely breed!:(

I'll be honest i'm not pedigree and my breeding records are pee poor. I've just started putting sire name of the passports but for old cows i need to go through old diaries for service records. I'd say she's a Williams minstrel, i know that quite a lot of her age group are and they're bullet proof little cows.
The pre-mown one is a 70% matrix lay that went in very late autumn 2010 and had 6 inches of snow on it very soon after emergence. Its got very little clover and has never performed brilliantly until this mild winter just gone when it was last grazed on Dec 15th down to 1800 then the cows were back in to a cover of 2900 in the last week of February.

The one where the cows are tonight was in continuous maize for a decade until dad went organic in 98/99. It went into grass then and has basically been untouched since. No idea of the mix I'm afraid. Its had 80 units of N so far this season. Not organic any more.
Good Afternoon, What make is the new parlour and feed troughs? any more pictures please!
The parlour is a bit of a mishmash. It is being fitted by Venture Dairy Services and they sourced the stallwork from a chap called Brain Elkins who i think is based in Wales somewhere. Its very nicely made, the feed troughs are his own design and the rump/kick rails are either imported from Milfos in NZ or are an exact copy. The scissor gate at the front that haven't been fitted yet are genuine Milfos ones.

The actual workings of the parlour will be mostly Waikato except the ACR swing arm which will again be a Milfos stainless one

I'll get a few more pics up later on. Nothing much has happened on it this week, I suspect all of the fitters have been down at the Royal cornwall show.


Very nice! What is she by? Looks" Ferdon" type , What Jerseys looked like before they decided to spoil Holstein-ize our lovely breed!:(
very even dung distribution :)
can we get a couple of young female calves? Looks like a cow which can heat herself in the winter, small enough, and which is a gras utilises.

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Subsidies paid to farmers for protecting the environment lead to more stable incomes compared with payments based purely on the number of ha being farmed, according to a new study of farms in England and Wales. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The research, from Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading and Newcastle University, also shows that farmers shouldn’t put all their eggs in one basket, as those diversifying into a wider variety of crops or livestock receive more consistent year-to-year incomes – as do those who reduce their use of fertiliser and pesticides. Lead author and PhD student, Caroline Harkness said: “Farmers are facing increasing pressures due...