All things Dairy


anybody preempted a big push/demandfor grazing type dairy x calves and ditched BB for Hereford/Angus? If we have a clear test next week I am tempted to. Only reason for using BB is ensuring a saleable calf at 10 days old even if down with TB.

We're a flying herd and use blue and Hereford for AI and Hereford sweeper bulls ,currently have purchased incalf cows and some are in calf to Angus, good calves but can't give them away ( some have been caught buying what looks like Angus and were found to be xbred bull calves, with a white face should be safer), not pulled a blue this year other than a backwards set of twin's, hardest part is finding short gestation light birth weight bull (bull we used last year is not available 🙈) , we've sold blues just over £500 as calves, just can't see any other breed doing that as calves , Hereford 100 quid back , but can sell all heifers of farm with premium, even when we're down with tb.
As a flying herd we don't purchase heifers, so unless your going to sell cows on think beef is better option.


Livestock Farmer
Couple of questions on drinkers...

Where do you put them... Edge of field? Middle of field? On track?

Someone pointed out to me that in NZ, round concrete drinking troughs are used, but here we only have rectangular. Anyone in UK got circular?

Suppose it depends on cow numbers, I have found the flow of water to be the most important thing, Nearly all mine are in fence lines so do multiple fields. One is on a wide track corner so cows can carry on past while some drink it works fine.


East Devon
As above, I can't bide to see a big deep tank with half a hedge and other unmentionables in the bottom, yet the water level is never seen more than 6 inches from the top


North Cumbria
Your design might be better than mine 🤔

In the pit

Livestock Farmer
Anothe tidy job and lovely stuff to go at
Third grazing this year


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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...