Blog: Dairy

Improving the detection of oestrus in dairy cows by 10% above the national average can improve profitability by 0.97p /litre[i]. However, a cow is typically only in heat 8-12 hours and it often occurs at night so achieving this potentially requires c...
Agrimetrics Newsletter~Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 06:11    
The study measured how much work dairy cows will do to access pasture, by pushing on a weighted gate. The cows worked hard to access pasture, especially at night. As a comparison, the researchers also measured how much weight the cows would push to a...
SciencDaily~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 14:34    
If you want a quick, simple and easy way to add events and view animals in your herd, then look no further. MobileHerd is a service which has been created to allow farmers and users to access animal data and record information on the go.  Mobile...
CIS (Cattle Information Service)~Monday, 27 March, 2017 - 06:45    
The European badger (Meles meles) is of considerable interest in the UK as it is both a protected species and the main wildlife reservoir for bovine tuberculosis infection in cattle. While there have been three national badger surveys in the 1980s, 1...
Scientific Reports~Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 - 14:12    
While markets are difficult to read dairy farmers cannot assume the grim days of 2016 are behind them. Volatility is here to stay, and before and after Brexit the pressure is on to come up with new ways to limit its impact. In a dairy world often ove...
Farming Life, Northern Ireland~Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 - 08:13    
Fullwood has launched a new pedometer-based fertility monitoring system which offers extremely accurate heat detection as well as enabling herd managers to easily recognise underlying conditions such as cystic ovaries, embryonic losses and non-cyclin...
Stackyard~Monday, 20 March, 2017 - 13:24    
The circa 750 dairy farmer members of the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) will now be able to earn points on their professional development register each time they attend a TDSG workshop. Dairy pro Launched five years ago, Dairy Pro is the main...
Stackyard~Friday, 17 March, 2017 - 16:37    
For almost sixty years dairy cattle breeders have relied on daughter proven sires to drive the industry forward. There was a time when over 70% of the genetic advancement depended on knowing which sires left the best daughters and using them extensiv...
The Bullvine~Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - 17:14    
Farmers could significantly boost grass yields and quality by making better use of soil and manure analysis, according to experts speaking at the Grassland & Muck Event. Around 40-45% of UK grassland is deficient in potash, and more than half has...
Grassland & Muck Event~Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - 15:21    
AHDB Dairy have produced a series of information sheets and associated short films to provide ideas on how to optimise calf performance. Raising heifer calves is the second largest annual expense of a dairy business’s production costs, after fe...
AHDB Dairy~Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 - 08:58    
No-one knows their cows better than a dairy farmer, and hence they are best placed to know the needs and preferences of their own herd. Even in the UK there is a huge variety in our dairy herd and dairy farms, from Guernsey cows to the black and whit...
Sian Davies, NFU~Saturday, 4 March, 2017 - 07:13    
Dairy Wizard is a set of simple, easy to use downloadable calculators that enable you to understand the cost implications for different housing, parlour and slurry storage situtations before making substantial investments.  Housing Wizard - an i...
AHDB Dairy~Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 12:20    
For years now dairy cows have been growing in stature, however that trend needs to be arrested to ensure efficiency. That was the message at a recent AHDB Calf to Calving meeting held in Aberdeen. AHDB Dairy Technical Manager Andy Dodd explained that...
The Dairy Site~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 09:26    
Grazing is about to increase as the spring approaches, making it time to think about how we use supplementary feed to make the most of grazed grass. With grass the cheapest feed available to cows, any kind of supplementation must complement, not rest...
Mark Price, Wynnstay~Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 - 08:13    
The objective of this study was to compare the health, physiology, and behavior of group-housed calves reared on wood shavings with those reared on alternative surfaces. At 1 wk of age, 80 calves were moved into 1 of 20 experimental pens (n = 4 calve...
MA Sutherland, Ruakura Research Centre et al in Journal of Diary Science~Tuesday, 21 February, 2017 - 11:10    
The objective of this study was to assess the effect of milk cessation method (abrupt or gradual) at dry off on milk yield and somatic cell score (SCS) up to 120 d in milk during the subsequent lactation. Data from 428 cows from 8 dairy herds in Ohio...
PN Gott, Ohio State University, et al in Journal of Dairy Science~Tuesday, 21 February, 2017 - 10:09    
A new reactive vaccination strategy for future foot-and-mouth disease epidemics shows that significant cost savings can be achieved by accurately identifying our capacity to vaccinate. During the early stages of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, c...
ScienceDaily~Monday, 20 February, 2017 - 10:59    
The transition from gestation to lactation is marked by significant physiological changes for the individual cow such that disease incidence is highest in early lactation. Around the time of calving, cows rely on mobilisation of body energy reserves...
GL Smith, SRUC et al in Animal~Thursday, 16 February, 2017 - 11:32    
City & Guilds has updated its Safe Use of Veterinary Medicines Certificate of Competence to reflect the growing awareness around the UK livestock sector of the need to respond to the antibiotic challenge. This qualification, which is open to anyb...
City & Guilds via National Pig Association~Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 11:09    
Key messages  Seek specialist, professional advice at an early stage of pad design.  A gently sloping, southfacing site is ideal, away from public view, with easy access to off-pad yard area or grass paddocks.  Only 5-10% of the nitro...
AHDB~Wednesday, 8 February, 2017 - 10:17