Dutchy tour

In December we invited some of Duchy College Level 3 Agricultural students to spend the day with us. We did a tour of the mill to see how the products are made and how everything functions to make the mill run smoothly and efficiently. The students then had a couple of presentations one by myself, talking to them about my experiences as an ex-dutchy student and their options to employment after completing their course.

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Egg Peritonitis

The weather has been horrendous and we have seen problems associated with birds trudging through the soaked ranges. It is inevitable that the birds that go out onto the range will drink from the muddy puddles and ingest a host of bugs that can affect bird health. Probably the biggest cause of death in laying birds is egg peritonitis or E.coli peritonitis and the drinking of that dirty, infected water certainly doesn’t help! The term egg peritonitis actually covers disorders of the egg-laying tract including impaction of the oviduct, peritonitis and infection of the oviduct. E.coli, however, tends to be the bug that kills the bird.

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Good nutrition key to antibiotic reduction

Farmers must utilise alternative treatments and good nutrition to protect the future of critically important antibiotics, according to speakers at a recent farm seminar. Organised by CMC, Crediton Milling Company, the seminar brought together panellists including top farm vets, agricultural bank managers and a local dairy farmer, and attracted around 60 farmers from across the South West.

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Pete’s Ponderings – Goodbye 2017

Goodbye, 2017….where did that year go!? I have to say that although not financially tough as such due to milk price rises, it has still been one of the tougher years to manage cows over the last 20 years. Cast your mind back to the beginning of the year and predominantly dry weather although the winter and a mild April meant that we saw many people taking first cuts early. With grass at almost optimal quality things looked good for outright production from forage. As we all know Mother Nature dealt us a swift clip round the ear though just to remind us of our position in the pecking order.

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Feed management of Ewes during pregnancy, for extra lamb vigour.

Feed management of Ewes during pregnancy, for extra lamb vigour. By Dr Peers Davies MA VetMB PhD MRCVS In most sheep systems profitability hinges on lambs reared per ewe far more than the scanning percentage because lamb survival varies enormously with many flocks scanning at 180% and above but only selling 120-130%. There are many reasons for lambs failing to make it through to sale and even more factors influencing lamb growth rate and final carcase value.

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Cann’s Corner

What a challenging summer! Started off well got difficult later on, which is how I see the winter panning out with getting cows to milk. First cuts and some second cuts seem to be feeding well in most cases but not as well as expected on paper. Third cuts are going to be very challenging with low ME and high NDF being common which we will soon have to deal with has earlier cuts seem to going back quickly.

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Britmilk Calf Milk Powders added to our range

Always striving to enhance our product offering to the farming community CMC is pleased to announce that they are now able to add the full range of Britmilk Calf Milk Replacers to their current milk powder range, offering a comprehensive range of the highest quality whey and skim milk replacers at very cost-effective prices. As well as being able to supply their own range of computerised calf feeders Britmilk calk milk is also compatible with the majority other calf feeders with free flow versions available if required.

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Focus On Forage Quality

Christmas is fast approaching and its time to reflect on the past year and start to make plans for the coming one.  For some this growing season has been kind, but still, present certain challenges. When pondering it may well be worth considering; few farmers would consider giving their cows the same feed ration that they were giving them in the 1980s. Yet many are still buying the same fertiliser grades. “Why do we apply fertiliser to our crops?”

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