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Archive Article: 1997/03/21

21 March 1997

"We may be cohorts, but dont forget Easters early this year."

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Archive Article: 1997/03/21

21 March 1997

EXTRA land recently bought by Norfolk-based Morley Research Centre should allow it to improve its efficiency, according to director Robert Cook. The 38ha (94 acres) acquired within the past year alongside its Manor Farm offer more trial sites and permit longer rotations, he says.

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Archive Article: 1997/03/21

21 March 1997

Thinking of filling semen flasks ready for the next breeding season? Then plan ahead.

At a glance it would appear that bull selection should be a lot easier this year. After all, it is the first time so many Holstein breeding countries have released their bull proofs at the same time. And the new system of international sire evaluations produced by Interbull has combined all indexes. Each country is given one list ranking bulls from different countries on the breeding value normally published in that country.

Sounds simple and its meant to be. It should enable breeders to select the best bulls from around the world on an objective basis.

But the UK has not adopted Interbull figures for black-and-white cattle. This is due to too many anomalies in the data, says the Animal Data Centre. Lets hope it is right in its decision and can work with Interbull to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, for keen followers of index it will be well worth a look at the unofficial UK Interbull rankings to aid bull selection. This list will be available on request from the ADC for comparative purposes. And when studying Interbull lists from other countries remember there is no single top 10 or top 100. Bulls perform differently in each country, as our report in the Breeding News section of this Dairy Update shows.

In general, though, UK producers are best advised to use the official direct conversions. But those seeking a list of the top Holstein bulls currently available in the UK ranked on ITEM index will be disappointed. There is no such list readily available other than the one in this Update compiled by FW. This unsatisfactory situation must be addressed.

Perhaps the MDC can act on its pledge to improve technology transfer and fund the resource, if this is what is needed, to ensure such a list is made available to dairy producers and kept up-to-date.

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Archive Article: 1997/03/21

21 March 1997

SLICK sprayer operators know that products applied at the right time give the best results.

But spring weather records show few ideal spraying days during the peak spraying period – in some years it is single figures. Making the most of those days can be helped greatly by careful planning of your refilling strategy.

Decide if you need bowser or back-at-base filling, or a combination. Ensure the water transfer pump has a sufficient rate and that the down load from a header tank is speedy but controlled. The water must be free of debris that may block the nozzles or filters.

Ensure you order chemical packs that can be safely and speedily handled by your filling system using an induction bowl and pack rinsing facility. For some products consider refillable packs, tablets or soluble sachet packaging.

Give your operator full and clear instructions and any necessary measuring equipment and protective clothing. This is required by law, but also ensures work is uninterrupted by queries. Also include the sequence for adding tank mix products.

Last, ensure the sprayer tank, booms and pipework are thoroughly rinsed after use. This prevents contamination and the risk of blocked pipes, filters or nozzles. &#42


REFILLING TIPS


&#8226 Check you can meet application requirements of products likely to be used.

&#8226 Know achievable work rate at different application rates.

&#8226 Choose between a back-to-base and bowser system.

&#8226 Ensure enough water is available.

&#8226 Use induction hoppers, with pack rinsing, if returnablesare not available.

&#8226 Ensure the chemical filling is compatible with your water filling method and rate.

&#8226 Always have suitable measuring equipment and protective clothing at hand.

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Archive Article: 1997/03/21

21 March 1997

From plain VX to Amazon VX, the 1997 version of the titanic Toyota Landcruiser gets a Jungle Jim name change along with minor spec and trim upgrades. These include passenger airbag, colour-keyed bumpers, side stripe and roof rails. There is also a new model, the diesel-only Amazon GX, which at £36,020 is priced mid-way between the Amazon VX TD (£43,165) and the top-spec but smaller Landcruiser Colorado VX TD (£32,635). Both Amazon GX and VX turbodiesels drive through five-speed manual boxes while the only petrol option, the 4.5-litre Amazon VX, comes with a four-speed auto – no mix n match on offer. Full report to follow.

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