3 July 1998

Lloyds Bank dairy honours

WINNERS of the Lloyds Bank production and inspection classes, part of the national dairy herd championships, are:

John Dennison and family, Scales Park Farm, Ulverston, Cumbria; John and Valerie Barlow, Minshull Hall, Church Minshull, Nantwich, Cheshire; Peter Dixon Smith, East Norton Hall, Leicester; Andrew Baird, Hyde Farm, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, Glos; Michael James, Allerford Farm, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, Somerset and Dean Anderson, Mayne Farm, Elgin, Moray.

Winners will be announced at the European Dairy Farming event at Stoneleigh, Warks on September 23. &#42

IN BRIEF

uADVICE on reducing heat stress in poultry is the focus of new guidelines published after MAFF-funded research. Copies of Guide to the Alleviation of Thermal Stress in Poultry in Lairage are available from MAFF Publications, Admail 6000, London SW1A 2XX (0645-556000).

uCOWS grazing tetraploid perennial ryegrass varieties could potentially produce 2kg milk a cow a day more than those grazing diploid varieties, or could be fed 1kg less concentrate a day to produce the same volume of milk. Trials in Northern Ireland, showed tetraploids had a higher intake/bite, and a lower shear strength, which could affect ease of intake and speed of passage through the rumen, says plant breeder Sharpes International. &#42