DN NEWSLETTER

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Issue 32

This issue focuses on beef cow fertility. The efficiency of fertility in a beef suckler herd can be defined as achieving the maximum output (kg) of saleable beef per breeding cow per year.

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Issue 29

This issue focuses on the transition period. Problems with cows at calving can be traced back to problems during the last trimester of lactation and the dry & transition period.

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Issue 26

This issue focuses on the objectives of ewe nutrition. Lambing time is the most crucial time for a sheep flock to ensure profitability.

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Issue 23

This issue focuses on feed efficiency (the amount of growth per kg of feed), which is affected by genetics, environment, health status and nutrition. 

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Issue 20

Issue 20 is a 4-page technical special and focuses on calculating diet composition, forage variability and the five steps to maximising forage utilisation.

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Issue 17

Issue 17 of the DN Newsletter for Farmers focuses heifer rearing. Did you know that rearing heifers is the 2nd highest cost to a dairy business?

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Issue 14

As many lambs are being weaned, we need to minimise changes to reduce stress. Dietary changes at weaning should be kept to a minimum in order to reduce the amount of stressors. We look at a few factors to be considering.

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Issue 11

Knowing the cost of production, margins and where losses are being made allows more informed and rational decisions to be made, one example is feed use and utilisation.

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Issue 08

Lambing time is now drawing to a close and you should review 2020 lambing. This weeks issue will discuss a few key points which should be considered and amendments to make for 2021 lambing season.

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Issue 05

In this issue our Technical Manager and Vet, Debby Brown, will discuss the importance of Magnesium and Calcium in livestock, why issues and imbalances occur and what we should be doing to optimise health and performance on farm.

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Issue 02

As we all continue to adpat to life in lockdown and with improved weather for many, thoughts will be on turnout and 1st cut silage. 

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Issue 31

This issue focuses on improving reproductive performance and the three key benefits - improvements in transitional health, improved feed efficiency and lower replacement costs.

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Issue 28

This issue focuses on turnout - complete with grazing hints and our top tips for turnout. 

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Issue 25

This issue focuses on minerals. There is an optimal requirement for all minerals and vitamins in animals. An excess can cause issues to animal health.

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Issue 22

Digital Dermatitis (DD) and trace minerals have an impact on dairy heifer development. Issue 22 focuses on DD & key trace minerals for dairy heifer nutrition.

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Issue 19

Issue 19 focuses on why, as dairy herds increase in size, health and performance problems often occur. We look at how cow comfort is the key to maximising profits.

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Issue 16

Issue 15 of the DN Newsletter for Farmers focuses on leaving summer behind and what happens when the grass quality starts to diminish.

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Issue 13

It may seem early to start thinking about tupping time, but it takes 6-8 weeks for a ewe to change 1 body condition score. By preparing for tupping time by sorting through the ewes and the tups, a farm will become more productive. 

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Issue 10

Issue 10 of the DN Newsletter for farmers focuses on transition and calving for autumn calving herds. Remember, setting up the transition period will ensure the best start to the next lactation.

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Issue 07

This weeks newsletter looks at the importance of water to stock, highlights what farmers can do to reduce heat stress and we also discuss a product now available from DN to reduce cases of heat stress.

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Issue 04

This issue looks at how the dairy sector has been affecting milk producers; options for beef cattle to maximise returns; the weekly grass growth update and a couple of products to consider for summer.

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Issue 01

We are delighted to share with you the first DN Newsletter for farmers. These are designed to keep you informed, both from a company perspective but also, with useful information which you might utilise to help optimise your farming performance.

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Issue 30

This issue focuses on factors which can influence the composition of milk, of which water, fat, protein, lactose and minerals are the major components. 

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Issue 27

This issue focuses on calf management. Did you know that 5 calves are born in the UK every minute, compared to 1 baby being born every minute?

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Issue 24

This issue focuses on Mastitis, a common disease on dairy farms. From a disease perspective, mastitis is the second largest economic impact on a dairy farm.

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Issue 21

Calves need the best start to life for the greatest performance throughout life. Issue 21 looks at the balance between milk replacer powder and starter feed to drive skeletal growth.

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Issue 18

The quicker we finish our beef animals the greater the return, so reducing days on feed is critical for profitability. Issue 18 focuses on nutrition, health, feed efficiency and environment.

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Issue 15

Issue 15 of the DN Newsletter for Farmers focuses on cattle fertility. The potential impact upon a business from poor fertility is not only damaging financially, it also has a long-term effect upon the herd.

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Issue 12

A few days of good weather and everyone is picking grass up or making hay while the sunshine lasts! Issue 12 looks at how first cut is analysing, some top tips to work safely on a farm and the latest livestock market trends.

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Issue 09

This issue will focus on feed calibration and the importance of calibrating the feeder and how often it should be calibrated. It may seem like a time consuming task, however it should save feed and production costs.

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Issue 06

This issue issue looks at key factors to make the best silage possible and how to handle grass at harvesting. There is also the weekly grass growth update, support for dairy farmers and DN fed lambs topping the spring lamb trade.

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Issue 03

With the majority of lambs now on the ground, this newsletter looks at parasite challenges, the latest grass growth reports, plus the Clitheroe Truck Run for the NHS.

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