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Issue 52

In this issue of the DN Newsletter for Farmers, we look at getting the feeding right for our livestock which is key for performance. The rumen microbes want consistency and stability. Our management on farm will be the underlying factor to ensure this is achieved.


Issue 49

This issue focuses on tell tale signs of heat stress and how to tackle heat stress to keep on track. Find out more about the specialised rumen buffer Equaliser® CoolCow.

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Issue 46

This issue of the DN Newsletter for Farmers, we take a look at feed efficiency and the rumen. We also focus on forage and management of feed which can be just as important.


Issue 43

In this issue we look at calf pneumonia in more detail; influencing factors, control strategies, risk factors and management.


Issue 40

This issue focuses on pre-tupping. Do you know what condition your breeding sheep are in? Have you planned their management, grazing and handling over the next few months?


Issue 37

This issue focuses on regenerative farming and our commitment to sustainability within agriculture, along with some technical services we provide.


Issue 34

This issue focuses on lamb feeding. Feeding lambs can be a challenge and may depend on the year but whatever you decide, any feeding must be        efficient.


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.


Issue 28

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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 51

In this issue of the DN Newsletter for Farmers, we look at boosting feed efficiency in beef animals along with some simple and practical tips, as it is reported that feed and forage accounts for 60% of the cost of production in any beef herd.

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Issue 48

This Issue looks at understanding the causes of losses, especially when it comes to abortion, this can be the key to reducing problems in the future.


Issue 45

In this issue of the DN Newsletter for Farmers, we take a look at feeding the ewe, objectives of ewe nutrition, body condition, key points of supplementation and pre-lambing nutrition. 


Issue 42

In this calf rearing newsletter we take a look at pre-weaning management -       Colostrum, milk replacers, feed and forage - along with dry cow management, Actisaf and Safmannan.


Issue 39

This issue focuses on Diet Transitions, as we look ahead to winter feeding, there is much to be considered. Input costs are high, raw material markets are volatile and forage quality is variable. 


Issue 36

This issue focuses on heifer rearing and what dairy producers can do to overcome the challenges of post-weaning nutrition and management. 


Issue 33

This issue focuses on feeding the ruminant and Home n' Dry. When feeding cattle or sheep, we must remember that we must feed the rumen system as well as the animal system.


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. 


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Issue 50

This issue once again focuses on heat stress, where it comes from and how we cannot afford to ignore the problem.

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Issue 47

In this issue of the DN Newsletter for Farmers, we focus on the preparation and management for grazing, and we also go through the sward assessment.


Issue 44

For a sheep enterprise lambing is the most important time of the year. Preparations include managing and feeding the sheep correctly, getting the lambing facilities ready and gathering necessary supplies.


Issue 41

This issue focuses on costings, as accurate records should be the first step in all management planning decisions. This will enable you to improve animal welfare and benefit you financially.


Issue 38

This issue focuses on Fluke and Worming, giving top tips for controlling liver fluke, roundworms, and lungworm, following the 'COWS' advice. 


Issue 35

This issue focuses on improving dry matter intake. A number of factors will influence DMI but it's important to identify which are preventing your cows from eating more.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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