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Dairy: Feed and Forage

Information relating to dairy herd nutrition, forage production and grassland management.

MMN September 2023 – Planning Winter Feed Requirements

Planning Winter Feed Requirements With summer nearing a close and housing just around the corner, it is worth spending some time planning ahead how much forage and purchased feeds you…

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Herbal Leys – The Challenges

This articles follows on from Herbal leys – what to consider in selecting a mix.    Herbal leys contain a variety of species of grass, legumes...

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Stock Talk – Dairy Market Outlook & Looking to the Future

In this podcast we hear from Lorna MacPherson, SAC Dairy Consultant, and Jimmy Goldie, Technical Manager at Carrs Billington. They speak about the dairy market...

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Outwintering Heifers on Brassicas, Is Iodine Deficiency an Issue?

Rearing dairy heifers is one of the largest expenses of milk production so outwintering heifers can reduce costs due to less time spent housed, saving...

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MMN September 2023 – Planning Winter Feed Requirements

Planning Winter Feed Requirements With summer nearing a close and housing just around the corner, it is worth spending some time planning ahead how much...

Read more >

Minimising Dry Matter Losses in Clamped Silage

Dry matter (nutrient) losses from clamped silage can be on average 25%, representing a significant amount of feed value disappearing between cutting the grass and...

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How to reduce silage nutrient loss in the heat

The silage season is well underway with many farms having already successfully harvested a first cut and some even cutting or considering further cuts. However,...

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Herbal leys – what to consider in selecting a mix

There has been increasing interest in the use of herbal leys (also known as multi-species swards) for livestock farmers over the last few years. Summer...

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Milk Manager News March 2023 – Efficient Feeding of Protein

Cows are very inefficient converters of dietary nitrogen (N) into milk, with an approximate efficiency of converting feed N into milk ranging anywhere from 22-33%....

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Milk Manager News March 2023 – Preventing Silage Slippage This Season

There are many risk factors associated with slippage of silage clamps, which can cause significant spoilage of silage around the area of slippage. The result...

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Silage Clinic – Key Messages

Making quality silage – what are the key influencing factors? Tips for making quality silage and minimising nutritional losses were discussed at a recent FAS...

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Agribusiness News February 2023 – Input Costs: Feed & Forage Update

Silage analysis update Figure 1 shows the average of all silages received at the SRUC lab between July 22 – Jan 23, of 1st and...

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Milk Manager News January 2023 – Planning for Youngstock Grazing this Spring

Regardless of the management of the milking herd, the majority of dairy youngstock will be turned out to grass this spring.  By planning your grazing...

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Forage Peas: An Alternative Source of Protein

The recent volatility in cost and availability of supplementary protein sources has meant dairy farmers have begun growing their own home-grown protein sources, in particular...

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New Entrants – Getting Started with Rotational Grazing

Rotational grazing increases the grass ultilisation on farm and leads to greater production of meat, milk, and wool per hectare, while also reducing feed and...

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Dry Cow Nutrition for a Successful Transition into the Milking Herd

This video focuses on the importance of nutrition of dairy cows during the dry period and covers targets for body condition score, energy and protein...

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Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity: Deferred Grazing

Deferring (setting aside) pasture in the summer for grazing in the winter months provides the opportunity to outwinter cattle with significantly reduced winter costs (cost...

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Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity: Grazing Strategies

Equally important to both profit and biodiversity as pasture composition, is the way in which we graze the pasture with livestock. Grazing duration, intensity and...

Read more >

Maximising Silage Quality

As silage time is just about upon us, it is worth thinking about the key steps in the silage making process to maximise nutritional quality...

Read more >

Forage Crops Mineral Fact Sheet

Nutritionally forage crops are an excellent source of energy and good source of protein (although root crops tend to be at the lower end).  This...

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Managing The Transition Onto Forage Crops

It takes around three weeks for rumen bugs to adapt to a change in diet.  If we change diet abruptly, the rumen struggles to cope...

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A Guide to Feed Budgeting

Forward planning forage supplies helps understand whether you will have enough conserved forage to meet the livestock demand – this is becoming more critical as...

Read more >

Best Practice Procedures For Making Baled Silage

There are a number of important steps during the silage making process which can influence nutritional of the end product, impacting on livestock performance and...

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Making the most of Red Clover

Red clover benefits As a forage legume, red clover has the ability to fix nitrogen due to the presence of bacteria in the root nodules....

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Herbal Leys – The Challenges

This articles follows on from Herbal leys – what to consider in selecting a mix.    Herbal leys contain a variety of species of grass, legumes...

Read more >

Stock Talk – Dairy Market Outlook & Looking to the Future

In this podcast we hear from Lorna MacPherson, SAC Dairy Consultant, and Jimmy Goldie, Technical Manager at Carrs Billington. They speak about the dairy market...

Read more >

Outwintering Heifers on Brassicas, Is Iodine Deficiency an Issue?

Rearing dairy heifers is one of the largest expenses of milk production so outwintering heifers can reduce costs due to less time spent housed, saving...

Read more >

MMN September 2023 – Planning Winter Feed Requirements

Planning Winter Feed Requirements With summer nearing a close and housing just around the corner, it is worth spending some time planning ahead how much...

Read more >

Minimising Dry Matter Losses in Clamped Silage

Dry matter (nutrient) losses from clamped silage can be on average 25%, representing a significant amount of feed value disappearing between cutting the grass and...

Read more >

How to reduce silage nutrient loss in the heat

The silage season is well underway with many farms having already successfully harvested a first cut and some even cutting or considering further cuts. However,...

Read more >

Herbal leys – what to consider in selecting a mix

There has been increasing interest in the use of herbal leys (also known as multi-species swards) for livestock farmers over the last few years. Summer...

Read more >

Milk Manager News March 2023 – Efficient Feeding of Protein

Cows are very inefficient converters of dietary nitrogen (N) into milk, with an approximate efficiency of converting feed N into milk ranging anywhere from 22-33%....

Read more >

Milk Manager News March 2023 – Preventing Silage Slippage This Season

There are many risk factors associated with slippage of silage clamps, which can cause significant spoilage of silage around the area of slippage. The result...

Read more >

Silage Clinic – Key Messages

Making quality silage – what are the key influencing factors? Tips for making quality silage and minimising nutritional losses were discussed at a recent FAS...

Read more >

Agribusiness News February 2023 – Input Costs: Feed & Forage Update

Silage analysis update Figure 1 shows the average of all silages received at the SRUC lab between July 22 – Jan 23, of 1st and...

Read more >

Milk Manager News January 2023 – Planning for Youngstock Grazing this Spring

Regardless of the management of the milking herd, the majority of dairy youngstock will be turned out to grass this spring.  By planning your grazing...

Read more >

Forage Peas: An Alternative Source of Protein

The recent volatility in cost and availability of supplementary protein sources has meant dairy farmers have begun growing their own home-grown protein sources, in particular...

Read more >

New Entrants – Getting Started with Rotational Grazing

Rotational grazing increases the grass ultilisation on farm and leads to greater production of meat, milk, and wool per hectare, while also reducing feed and...

Read more >

Dry Cow Nutrition for a Successful Transition into the Milking Herd

This video focuses on the importance of nutrition of dairy cows during the dry period and covers targets for body condition score, energy and protein...

Read more >

Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity: Deferred Grazing

Deferring (setting aside) pasture in the summer for grazing in the winter months provides the opportunity to outwinter cattle with significantly reduced winter costs (cost...

Read more >

Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity: Grazing Strategies

Equally important to both profit and biodiversity as pasture composition, is the way in which we graze the pasture with livestock. Grazing duration, intensity and...

Read more >

Maximising Silage Quality

As silage time is just about upon us, it is worth thinking about the key steps in the silage making process to maximise nutritional quality...

Read more >

Forage Crops Mineral Fact Sheet

Nutritionally forage crops are an excellent source of energy and good source of protein (although root crops tend to be at the lower end).  This...

Read more >

Managing The Transition Onto Forage Crops

It takes around three weeks for rumen bugs to adapt to a change in diet.  If we change diet abruptly, the rumen struggles to cope...

Read more >

A Guide to Feed Budgeting

Forward planning forage supplies helps understand whether you will have enough conserved forage to meet the livestock demand – this is becoming more critical as...

Read more >

Best Practice Procedures For Making Baled Silage

There are a number of important steps during the silage making process which can influence nutritional of the end product, impacting on livestock performance and...

Read more >

Making the most of Red Clover

Red clover benefits As a forage legume, red clover has the ability to fix nitrogen due to the presence of bacteria in the root nodules....

Read more >

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