Silage 2020 – farmers gearing up for the season ahead

According to United Feeds’ nutritionist Jenny Hamilton, the start of the 2020 silage season is less than a fortnight away for some. Farmers in the east tend to get started that little bit earlier than their colleagues in other parts of Northern Ireland. However, in some parts of the west, it’s noticeable that grass swards […]

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Utilising grass – The cheapest source of feed on the farm.

By Andrew McMenamin, Ruminant Nutrition Adviser Spring is upon us and after a long winter on most farm attention has turned to grass and letting cows out to graze that grass.But why risk letting cows out to lush swards and changing their diet when things are settled indoors, and we can maintain and regulate feeding […]

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Mineral needs in modern dairy diets

Most dairy research tends to focus on protein and energy needs, while minerals are often overlooked. Yet, when we fail to consider the role of minerals, problems can arise, including interferences or interactions with minerals in feed and water. Important trace minerals such as Zinc, and Selenium play an important role in antioxidant status, udder […]

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Feeding for milk quality

It is agreed by everyone that the margin in milk production currently is small at best given the current base prices on offer, however this base price cannot be changed at farm level. Bonuses achieved for milk butterfat, protein and somatic cell count (SCC) levels however can be influenced at farm level and will have […]

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Effective grassland management is now a year-round commitment

By Alan Boyd – Ruminant Nutrition Adviser For the most part, autumn calving cows were dried off in good condition this year. This meant that milk producers had little trouble in making sure cows were holding at a body condition score of between 2.75 and 3.0 prior to calving. Post calving, however, a significant number […]

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Preparing for a new period of autumn calving

Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are key concerns at the present time. With good pre-calving management, I believe we can significantly reduce the need for antibiotics this winter in both the milking herd, particularly in the first 100 days of lactation, and in the rearing of their calves. Before we start we need to analyse […]

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Spring has sprung

The 2019 grazing season is now well under way in many parts of the country. Grazed grass still represents the cheapest feed source on farm and with the correct management can drastically improve milk produced from forage and overall feed efficiency and profitability.

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