Mastitis is one of the costliest challenges facing dairy farmers, while levels of Somatic Cell Count have a direct impact on milk price achieved. Tackling these important issues can increase milk price and yield, reduce culling and cut the cost of production.
Choice of bedding is important in animal housing to ensure that animals are kept clean and dry. However, bedding also has a role in enrichment in indoor sheep housing and is clearly demonstrated to improve animal welfare and behaviour.
Making the most of grass available this spring by turning cows out to graze earlier can help save money on feed and housing, boosting profitability. With some careful planning, spring grazing can be managed to ensure improved utilisation of grass throughout the season.
Farming Connect has added to its range of fully-funded e-learning interactives which now cover a wide variety of topics ranging from liverfluke to the benefits of using high sugar grasses and from grazing management to farm finance.
Who would have spotted the synergy between farming and photography? Not everyone perhaps, but Jim Ellis (22) is a not only a dynamic and ambitious young farmer, he is also a young entrepreneur whose innovative ideas are already starting to pay off.
To maximise flock performance, it is important to feed ewes according to their needs at different stages of production, as good ewe nutrition impacts on lamb survival and growth rates. Formulating rations based on forage will help optimise health and welfare in mid to late pregnancy.