Ben Wixey in forage maize

Autumn 2018 offers many dairy farmers more opportunity than usual for late-season establishment of perennial or hybrid ryegrass, with leys drilled in the coming weeks offering the potential to accelerate the rebuilding of depleted forage stocks.

Allflex, part of the Antelliq Group, has announced that it has acquired Agrident, the German-based agricultural technology company specialising in RFID data capture systems used in process control and animal management systems worldwide. 

Gareth Williams, ProCam agronomist, in maize

Establishing a ryegrass-based catch crop immediately after this season’s maize harvest could help to bridge forage gaps that are a concern on many Welsh farms following the summer drought.

Philipa Page, independent veterinarian and sheep farmer

Weaning is the time to re-set your flock for the new breeding year and south west farmers had the perfect opportunity today to engage with a variety of sheep industry experts on how to go about achieving significant productivity improvements.

Cattle youngstock rearers now have a quick and easy way of recording and monitoring individual calf growth rates against pre-set targets, thanks to the availability of a new smartphone App from Volac.

Peter Smith, Ecosyl silage expert

“Make every percent count.” That will be the message from leading forage preservation and animal nutrition company, Volac, at this year’s UK Dairy Day (stand H153 and C8, The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire, Wednesday 12 September).

Autumn grazing dairy cows

Keeping stock off pastures until grass is as close as possible to the optimum three-leaf stage will be the best way to overcome forage shortfalls following recent drought conditions.

Maize

As livestock farmers face prospects of grass silage shortages for winter feeding after the drought, a new initiative is being launched to help boost maize silage quantity and quality.

Alligator PRO 500 in field

Allflex has announced the launch of a new version of its Alligator mobile sheep handling system, launched at the Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells, on Monday 23rd July.

cows grazing Redstart hybrid brassica

Brassica fodder crops could provide a much-needed boost to feed stocks as livestock farmers battle forage shortages due to the widespread drought conditions.

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