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‘Why and how to reduce antibiotic usage in the milking parlour’ – Livestock Matters, Spring 2015

If you’re curious about how you might reduce antibiotic usage on your dairy, have a look at our article in Livestock Matters.  

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‘Tips to manage twin-bearing cows as high numbers reported this year’ – Farmer’s Guardian

Don’t miss Jim’s article in the Farmer’s Guardian this week discussing managing twins in dairy cows:

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‘Now is the time to MOT bulls for the breeding season’ – Farmer’s Guardian

Don’t miss Keith in this week’s Farmer’s Guardian discussing bull MOT ready for the breeding season:

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Cost Effective Parasite Management in First Grazing Dairy Heifers

Following on from our meeting yesterday at South Lynch Dairy, Hursley Estate regarding ‘Cost Effective Parasite Management in First Grazing Dairy Heifers’ we have made the presentation available below. Thanks again go to Nils and his team at South Lynch Dairy … Continue reading

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Why is a tight calving pattern more profitable?

The six week in calf rate (ICR) of a seasonal calving herd is the best predictor of future performance and directly affects profitability of a herd (Brownlie et al 2014). A 1% increase in 6wk ICR corresponds to a financial … Continue reading

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Johne’s Disease Update – Organic Farming Magazine

Don’t miss Keith and Peter’s article on Johne’s Disease in this month’s Organic Farming Magazine, download the article here.

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Fluke for Thought…

Fluke commonly affects cattle and sheep especially after a wet spell in the summer.  They may also have picked it up previously if animals have been bought in and not treated at quarantine.  Some of you may have seen acute … Continue reading

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Good transition management includes proactive care for twin-bearing cows – Livestock Matters, Winter 2014/2015

Will’s article for XL Vets magazine ‘Livestock Matters’ regarding managing cows carrying twins is now available – you can download it here.

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Seasonal Calving Discussion Group – Reproductive KPIs

In order to better serve our seasonal calving dairy clients we have started a specific discussion group – the first meeting of which was on Wednesday 21st January. The aim of this initial meeting was to refresh ourselves on why these systems … Continue reading

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Trace Elements for Spring Calving Dairy and Beef Cows

Our routine blood samples we found widespread iodine deficiency as well as some low selenium levels in some areas, especially on chalk and on Salisbury Plain. The symptoms of deficiencies can be poor calf viability for iodine, anaemia and weak … Continue reading

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