IN BRIEF

27 March 1998




IN BRIEF

uREDUCING concentrate feeding of dairy cows to help save money could mean low mineral status at turnout, increasing the risk staggers, milk fever and related concerns this spring, warns Rumenco. It advises ensuring cows have sufficient minerals, trace elements and vitamins, and suggests that a forage and milk analysis could help determine appropriate supplementation.

uLARGE leatherjacket populations could still be present in grass, and producers are urged to regularly check swards to assess numbers and risks. According to Johnsons Seeds, larvae will currently be about 2cm long, consume large quantities of root material and so damage the sward. The company advises using a brine trap or turning over a few sods where damage is apparent to assess concerns. &#42


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