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Providing the best feed and nutrition for the beef herd is crucial if growth rate targets are to be hit. Keep up-to-date with latest developments in grazing management, silage-making and ration formulation for the best results.

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BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How world’s oldest Angus herd thrives in low-cost system

An unwavering focus on management traits has seen the Ballindalloch Aberdeen Angus herd stand the test of time. The 35-cow pedigree herd has been a permanent fixture on the 8,907ha…

BEEF

How beef farmers globally are adapting to survive

With increasing market volatility and extreme weather, how can UK beef producers adapt to survive? We speak to three beef breeders from Australia and the US to find out how…

BEEF

Why suckler herd is downsizing despite adding £374 a cow

A Norfolk family is reducing cow numbers to control winter feed costs and focus on running the herd to benefit the landscape and sheep enterprise. Richard and Sue Evans of…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why Angus are earning an integrated finisher more than Blues

Angus-sired cattle are outperforming Blue-cross cattle in a dairy-beef system through faster weight gains, longer grazing periods, cheaper diets and a more valuable carcass. Continental cattle achieved a better grade…

BEEF

How a heritage beef breed is adding value to Shropshire farm

Organic farmers Sam and Claire Barker are using the UK’s oldest heritage breed to dovetail with their arable and poultry enterprises to keep inputs low. Their herd of 300 pure…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Orange peel wholecrop silage innovation: Was it successful?

Northamptonshire beef and sheep farmer Henry Tyrrell says using 60t of waste orange peel to seal his pit of wholecrop silage was a worthwhile experiment. However, he concedes it needs…

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GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

What are the pros and cons of min-till maize?

There are two types of min-till systems: deeper min-till and shallow min-till. Deeper min-till involves cultivating to a depth of 22.5-25cm using a machine like a subsoiler with a leg…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How mineral supplementation can spare spring calf pneumonia

Relying on quality forage alone to support spring-calving cows in late gestation can lead to mineral shortages and a rise in fatal bacteria pneumonia in young calves each spring.  Simple…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on growing maize under film, plus the costs

Growing maize under film could increase profit margins by more than £3,000/ha by improving the quality of the crop and increasing milk output. Trial sites run by crop production specialist…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How growing maize with beans can improve silage quality

Intercropping of maize and climbing beans is gaining ground among German farmers keen to improve the quality of their silage. Yields and protein content are particularly promising when the two…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Forage analysis and how to interpret results on-farm

Forage analysis plays a vital role in feeding and management decisions. Understanding the analysis process and being able to interpret sample results will help farmers better utilise their forage –…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Tips on getting reluctant calves to suck a bottle

There are few things more frustrating than an otherwise seemingly healthy calf that just refuses to suck. In this article, vet Nichol Fisher from Daleside Veterinary Group discusses some of…

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ENVIRONMENT

Scientists developing EBV for lower methane emission

Farmers could be selecting cattle bred to produce lower methane emissions in the near future, according to a leading scientist. Methane is an important greenhouse gas, with 28-times the potential…

MAIZE

Rain puts pressure on maize with tricky harvest

Prolonged rain has made maize harvesting difficult in recent days, with some suffering with flooding and high rainfall. Maize maturity has already been slowed by rain as green plants have…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How to profit from forage-based dairy-beef system

Forage-based dairy-beef systems are profitable even in extreme weather conditions, a two-year study at Harper Adams University has concluded. The project investigated whether it was feasible to finish dairy-bred beef…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How feeding wholecrop to dairy-beef steers can cut costs

Diets made up mainly of wholecrop wheat can offer a suitable alternative to bought-in cereals for finishing cattle, a recent study has found. Research at Harper Adams University found that…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Trial shows high iodine cow diet can hinder colostrum uptake

A survey of iodine supplementation in beef herds has revealed that over supplementation pre-calving can negatively affect calves’ ability to absorb colostrum. A collaborative research project between Moredun Research Institute,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Cattle bounce back after poor fodder beet growth rates

A project at Harper Adams is investigating if it is feasible to finish dairy-bred beef calves on forage alone.  The project, led by Adas and funded by AHDB Beef &…

FEED AND NUTRITION

What are the benefits of milk replacer for calf rearers?

More than half of all dairy and beef farmers in Great Britain now rear their youngstock on calf milk replacer (CMR) instead of whole milk, with potential disease risks a…

LIVESTOCK

High-protein diet worth £56 a head to heifer margin

A trial comparing two levels of protein (160g of crude protein/kg DM or 125g crude protein/kg DM) in maize silage-based finisher rations showed the higher protein diet to be worth…