• MILK producers can increase the chance of cows conceiving a heifer calf with a special offer from Merial Animal Health and Cogent. Merial says that using Eprinex Pour-on to reduce worm burdens in milking cows can improve the chance of holding to service and with Cogents Sexed Advantage semen, resulting calves will be heifers. Producers buying five litres of Eprinex Pour-on will receive £100 off 10 straws of sexed semen.
• AN increase in daily milk yields of between two and three litres a cow has convinced this years Genus Silage Challenge winner of the value of using Powerstart. Carwyn Jones, of Llanalli, south Wales also attributes a reduction in calving index by 10 days and a rise in milk protein from 2.9% to 3.3% to the improved silage quality which has come from using Powerstart.
• THE National Beef Association believes government led plans to add environmental standards to farm assurance schemes will hamper efforts to build scheme membership. Robert Forster said schemes were still light on breeding members, including dairy farms, and cattle would soon have to spend 180 days on assured farms to qualify for premiums, rushing in new standards would slow recruitment rate. *