News & Events

Looking back on 24 months of heifer rearing in Gilford

Ongoing Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) research is again confirming the importance of dairy heifers calving down successfully at 24 months of age. It’s an approach that ticks every box:  two year old heifers that have reached their proper weight targets are more likely to achieve higher lifetime milk outputs. This level of performance is […]

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Finishing cattle – Better in the field or in the house?

The unfavourable weather over the past couple of weeks has saw grass quality decline and if rainfall persists, could cause ground conditions to deteriorate seeing many beef cattle housed. For cattle still out, decisions need to be made soon, depending on several factors. So, when deciding if finishing cattle off grass will provide the best […]

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Pre-calver technical notes

Managing the dry period correctly lays a strong foundation for a successful lactation. Follow our traffic light system for management and feeding tips depending on when your cows are due to calve. For more information read our Pre-Calver guide or contact your local adviser

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Mycotoxins

This winter, we have witnessed many issues caused by mycotoxins, but with a notable surge in recent weeks, it’s a hot topic on dairy, beef and sheep farms.   What are mycotoxins? Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by moulds and fungi. They are invisible, tasteless and toxic. More than 500 different mycotoxins have been identified […]

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SUSTAIN – Protected urea

SustaiN is protected urea Nitrogen fertiliser. Urea is treated with a stabiliser called Agrotain. Agrotain reduces volatilisation, ensuring the Nitrogen is available to fuel crop growth all season long. Sustain (Agrotain) has been independently trialled by AFBI on both grassland and tillage. The trial results show that SustaiN yields are consistently as good as CAN, […]

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Fertility management kicks-in when the cow is dried-off

According to United Feeds’ nutritionist Andrew Fyffe, effective dry cow management has a crucial bearing on two fundamental aspects of dairying performance: the ability of the cow to have a successful lactation after calving and her subsequent fertility performance.   Body Condition Score is the key driver in both cases. From a management point of view, […]

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Improved nutrition will act to boost immunity levels in young calves

The considerable daily fluctuations in temperatures of recent weeks are significantly increasing the respiratory challenges faced by calves across Northern Ireland.  United Feeds’ nutritionist Jenny Hamilton takes up the story: Retaining body heat can be a real challenge for young calves at the best of times. So the recent variations in temperatures, particularly those mild […]

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Getting grass right for the rest of the summer

With the fine spell of weather most farmers thoughts turn to first cut silage and the work load it brings. While it is important to ensile top quality winter forage do not take the eye off the ball when it comes to grass on the grazing platform, as this is your feed source for the […]

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Grassland management

With GrassCheck predicting peak growth rates this week – have you got surplus grass on your farm? Andrew explains the benefits of baling paddocks that are too strong to graze.

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