Post-Lambing Advice
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
1w ago
It is very important to ensure that lambs achieve maximum growth rates whilst also supporting the ewe to ensure she is productive again next year. After lambing, milk yield increases rapidly peaking at 3-4 weeks into lactation, at this time the ewe’s energy requirements double to meet this demand. If not met for a prolonged period, it can lead to ketosis, hypocalcemia, lower milk yields and therefore lower DLWG and lamb mortality. When it comes to turnout it is important to monitor grass growth in advance. Until grass swards reach approximately 4cm, most of the nutrients in ewe and lamb diets ..read more
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Top Tips for Rearing Orphan Lambs
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
2w ago
Depending on the farm system and circumstances there is nearly always a situation where a lamb may need to be taken off a ewe and reared artificially. There are some fundamental steps and protocols that should be followed to ensure a healthy lamb is reared successfully using a concentrate milk replacer such as NWF MilkiVit Energized lamb milk replacer. COLOSTRUM Colostrum is the key to the successful rearing of any lamb and remember the 4Q’s – Quality, Quantity, Quickly and Quietly. Lambs must receive 50ml of colostrum per kg of body weight, so a 4kg lamb requires 200ml as soon as possible aft ..read more
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Preparation Produce Performance
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
3w ago
With anything, planning ahead is always well worth it, especially when dealing with sheep! When it comes to housing and shed environment putting plans into place can help mitigate against health issues and it’s spread to other ewes and lambs. We recommend a minimum pen size of 2m x 1m, with a pen for every eight ewes, with hay rack, feed bucket and water bucket for each pen area. Try not to share buckets across pens to minimise the spread of any potential diseases. Studies have shown that hypothermia, infectious disease, such as diarrhoea and watery mouth and hard lambings are the main causes ..read more
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Just like houses, start with the foundations!
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
1M ago
With anything, planning ahead is always well worth it, especially when dealing with sheep! When it comes to housing and shed environment putting plans into place can help mitigate against health issues and it’s spread to other ewes and lambs. We recommend a minimum pen size of 2m x 1m, with a pen for every eight ewes, with hay rack, feed bucket and water bucket for each pen area. Try not to share buckets across pens to minimise the spread of any potential diseases. Studies have shown that hypothermia, infectious disease, such as diarrhoea and watery mouth and hard lambings are the main causes ..read more
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Feeding Ewes in the final months of pregnancy
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
1M ago
Demand on the ewe is significantly increased during late pregnancy. This is when up to 75% of foetal growth occurs and the requirement for energy and protein is significantly increased. Under or over nutrition at this point in the pregnancy, can have a detrimental effect on the lambing success, and survival rate of lamb and puts pressure on profitability and margin. Action Points Take a forage sample and get it analysed. Choose an appropriate feed supplement based on forage analysis and farming system. Formulate rations, planning diet changes/amounts fed. Ensure all housing, penning and equip ..read more
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Cracking Colostrum
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
2M ago
An increasing amount of time and resources are being invested in calves, as farmers recognise their importance in future-proofing their dairy herds. Colostrum plays a vital role in lifetime health and performance: a golden bullet to prevent problems before they begin! There have been huge improvements in how and when colostrum is fed, but are we doing enough to improve the value of the colostrum itself? Vets often get asked about factors causing low colostrum yield and quality, both of which can be frustrating problems to deal with. A study published by Cornell University in 2021 followed 18,0 ..read more
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Sustainable Feeding for Staffordshire Herd
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
2M ago
James Tattersall and his family run Hundred Acre Farm in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside. Calving in July and August, the 130 head Friesian/ Jersey Cross are milked twice a day, with the herd averaging 7000 litres and milk constituent averages of 4.8% butterfat & 4% milk protein. The herd is rotationally grazed from early Spring to late Autumn to maximise efficiencies of homegrown forage. The calves are fed on NWF Calf Starter Pellets & NWF’s Ultra Hi-Pro Heifer milk replacer, whilst the dry cows are supplemented with NWF’s Dry Cow Mineral buckets in the lead-up to calving ..read more
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Maximising Diets with Molasses
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
2M ago
Following on from a mild winter during which grass growth didn’t completely stop growing, we have faced a wet and warm summer which has delivered variable silage conditions and initial analyses results. Higher fibres however will challenge intakes, where molasses could play a key role. The initial silage analysis results for early first cuts are: Increased levels of Lignin. Higher levels of NDF. Significantly lower levels of Sugar. Metabolisable Energy (ME) is lower than last year. Protein levels are lower than last years – both crude protein and fermentable protein. How will silage results ..read more
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Happy Profitable Cows Eat, Sleep, Ruminate and Repeat
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
2M ago
Cows ruminate for around 10 hours per day, this consists of regurgitating feed, rechewing and re-swallowing. It’s important that cow’s ruminate to help break down their food, this stimulates saliva production and improves rumen function by buffering the rumen. Rumination is affected by DMI, physical and social environments. Cows ruminate between 25-80 minutes per kg of roughage consumed. If rumination is reduced by between 10-20% this can lead to associated problems such as SARA, poorer digestive efficiency, milk loss, milk fat and protein output. It’s important to get your ration correct to k ..read more
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NWF Dairy Bulletin Edition 6
NWF Agriculture
by tomspafford
3M ago
The NWF Agriculture Dairy Bulletin Edition 6, provides up-to-date information, advice and more to UK dairy farmers. In this edition, we talk about the 5C’S of Calf Rearing, housing and environment, sustainable feeding options, molasses & more. VIEW NWF Dairy Bulletin Edition 6 on ISSUU ..read more
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