Should I feed my ewe post lambing? A question that I regularly get asked. My reply is always, “yes definitely, would you expect a high yielding dairy cow to milk on hay?” and modern ewes are much the same.
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Purchase feed is the biggest input cost on most dairy farms, so when it comes to cost-saving small changes can make a big difference. To maintain yields and ensure good…
The concept of herd performance through Nutrition Driven Fertility, is not a new one. However the approach of joining up all the key people involved on farm has been one that has been more difficult to establish.
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.
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.
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.
OK, so dry cow diets are boring and please oh please don’t go on about them again.... I can literally hear the sighs. It’s a fact that I have the ability to bore you on a number of levels, I know, so let’s talk about something totally different…
Over the last couple of years the importance of calf rearing has been talked about in depth. We are all familiar with the arguments for increased levels of milk powder to ensure the best start and debate about protein levels of milk powder and the age old arguments of skim verses whey powders.