Feed efficiency in dairy cow systems

The efficiency of feed use is as important as the costs of feeds as both relate to the cost of production. There are a number of efficiency factors , two of which are discussed here with data from the 2003 – 2010 SRUC systems study at Crichton Royal Farm

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Once a day milking

Renewed interest in once a day milking has prompted us to look up some literature on the subject and share it here.

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Environmental mastitis, some new thoughts on an old problem

When we consider the number of bacteria present in a cow’s environment it may be a better question to ask “why does a cow NOT get mastitis?”

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Tales from a Calf Shed

More than twelve months have passed since the Crichton calves moved into their new accommodation, and an improvement in growth rates has been evident.

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Lungworm - 2015 shaping up to be a bad year?

Summer 2015 (if you can call it that!) is looking like being another high risk year for lungworm in cattle.

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Outwintering of in-calf heifers for high milk production

Outwintering is a management system that is being employed, both to use existing grazing and to reduce pressure on housing of cattle as herd size expands.

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Mid-season grass growth and slurry spreading

So far, the summer weather in south-west Scotland has been a bit of a mixture. We’ve been able to get in reasonably dry first cut grass silage, in mid-May, but the weather around our second cut was much patchier.

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Johnes disease in the dairy herd

On 1st April 2015 the National Johne’s Action Plan was launched

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Dairy data: dairy systems research

We have mentioned the dairy systems research in the last couple of blogs, without explaining much about them, so this blog is intended to put that right.

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Weight gain and worm counts - heifer growth targets

It's quite easy to keep an eye on the condition and weight of milking animals at grass, but grazing youngstock and in-calf heifers are not so easy to weigh regularly.

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