Extended growing seasons, higher yields, increased establishment rates and convenience are just a few of the benefits farmers and ranchers can take advantage of when implementing frost seeding into their hay and pasture systems, says Jerry Hall, director of research for Grassland Oregon.
A joint initiative aimed at raising awareness amongst the next generation of livestock farmers of the impact of BVD and the ways in which it can be eradicated from beef and dairy herds, is being launched at this weekend’s Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ (YFC) rural affairs conference.
Building a sustainable UK suckler beef industry is the primary focus of a new textbook to be published in early 2018. Compiled from a lifetime of practical experience and astute observations by renowned beef expert Richard Fuller, ‘Suckler Beef: A Guide to Profitability’ contains practical advice aimed at suckler beef herds based on in-field experience and research.
Surplus lambs reared on performance-formulated lamb milk replacer, based on whey protein from cow’s milk, do just as well as lambs running naturally with the ewe.
UK beef producers utilising Stabiliser genetics in their breeding programmes now have access to £Profit Index, a data backed genetic selection tool weighing 15 economically relevant traits (ERTs) against each other for maximum profitability.
The first live exports of UK Stabiliser cattle to France have been delivered in part of a five-year contract between Stabiliser Cattle Company and Bovinext to fulfil French demand for British beef genetics.
The Beef Improvement Group (BIG) has appointed David Alvis as it’s new Managing Director, effective from 9 April 2018.
One in five sheep producers are still cross-fostering third lambs onto single-bearing ewes and about 30% are continuing to bottle-feed orphans despite the significant extra labour input required to carry out both these traditional rearing practices.
Leading animal nutrition and forage preservation experts, Volac, will be returning to exhibiting at LAMMA in 2018 where they will be offering free guidance on improving silage-making techniques.
Offering plantain as an option in its most popular herbage seed mixtures gives livestock farmers an added opportunity to boost homegrown protein production, says forage specialist Germinal.