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5 top tips to prepare for dairy cow winter housing

Plans for winter should ensure every aspect of cow management is geared towards optimising performance. With this in mind, Farmers Weekly spoke to advisers and vets to find out what…

How to avoid the 9 most common dairy cow housing pitfalls

Filled with the latest in building design technology and cow comfort, we asked 10 companies at the Livestock Event for their advice to dairy farmers on how to avoid common…

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Help offset low dairy prices by turning out cows to graze

Dairy farmers hit by low milk prices could save up to £2.50 a cow a day by turning cattle out to graze. Piers Badnell, extension officer from AHDB Dairy, said even though cows yields would…

11 tips to boost dairy business profitability

Dairy farm businesses are under extreme pressure and producers will be looking to boost their bottom line where possible. Charlie Taverner asked top consultants for their best advice. The tips…

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Archive

10 contenders vie for RABDF Livestock and Machinery Equipment Aw...

Ten finalists will battle it out to win the RABDF Livestock Machinery and Equipment Award at this year’s event. Britmilk Coloquick colostrum management Coloquick allows farmers to test the quality…

Livestock Event 2014: Samco shows a deep and versatile cultivato...

Southern Ireland firm Samco is known best for its field-scale plastic film applicators. In fact, some 14,000 acres of film was stretched out across the country last year to warm…

Livestock Event 2014: Quill wins RABDF award for hoof spray syst...

British manufacturer Quill Productions won the RABDF Livestock and Machinery Equipment Awards at this year’s Livestock Event 2014 with its well-thought-out and cheap-to-use hoof spray system. Digital dermatitis is becoming…

AB Vista NIR unit reveals forage quality on the spot

Accurately assessing the quality of your fresh grass, maize or grass silage is never tricky, so it’s no surprise that most farmers get their nutritionist to do that for them.…

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Case studies

Advice on reducing costs in wake of low milk prices

While milk prices are low, farmers should not "hunker" down on farm and ignore the outside world. That was the warning from Tony Evans, head of business consultancy at Andersons,…

Dairy farmers battle it out for Gold Cup award

Judging is now under way to decide who will take the 2015 NMR RABDF Gold Cup title at this year’s Livestock Event. It will go to one of six herds…

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Insights

Bumper first-cut silage quality predicted for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers should expect a better quality first-cut silage compared to last year, according to early analysis results.  Early first cut analysis of 1,072 silage samples from Trouw Nutrition showed…

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News

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RABDF abandons plans for national dairy event

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has abandoned plans for a national dairy event following a decision to refocus the organisation's activities. The proposed dairy event was scheduled to take place this…

DAIRY

Ayrshire Society moves national show to UK Dairy Day

The Ayrshire Cattle Society has confirmed it will move its national show from the Livestock Event to the UK Dairy Day in 2017. The Ayrshire show had previously taken place…

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Plans for joint Holstein UK/RABDF dairy show abandoned

Plans to stage a national, joint dairy show in September have fallen through. Holstein UK announced it has been unable to reach an agreement with the Royal Association of British…

DAIRY

Farmers missing out on mastitis control opportunities

About two-thirds of National Milk Records (NMR) milk-recorded herds are missing out on better mastitis control because farmers are not recording clinical cases in their monthly milk records. These records are important…

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Video

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Livestock Event 2014 video round-up

Dairy, beef and sheep farmers were out in force at this year's Livestock Event. Over 450 trade stands offered information from the latest technology to business and financial advice. The…

MACHINERY

Lely demos robotic milking range

Dutch dairy giant Lely had one of the biggest stands at Livestock 2014 to demonstrate its range of robotic milking equipment. Both the Vector feeding robot and Astronaut milking machines…

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