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- Cattle purchasing checks made easier
- DairyCo takes a Byte to make science more accessible to dairy farmers
- Refreshing grassland management help
- Grassland UK: Top tips and new publications at the DairyCo and BGS stand
- More support for dairy farmers in the south midlands
- Grassland UK: Top tips and new publications at the DairyCo and BGS stand (1)
- ‘New era for Holstein breeding’ hailed as DairyCo launches April bull proofs
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Refreshing grassland management help
Published 27 April 09
DairyCo has completely revised the grass+ improvement programme, introducing a series of practical new tips and topics to help get the most from grass.The new programme includes information on assessing grazing and integrating it into TMR, with case studies on both lower and higher input systems and a farmer that grazes cows pre-silaging in February and March.
grass+ now takes farmers through the process of grass budgeting, producing their own grass wedge, and also winter management to ensure cows come into the right covers in the spring.
DairyCo extension officer Piers Badnell has written a large part
of the revised programme. "We all know that grass is the cheapest
feed, and there's no reason why
you can't accurately integrate grazed grass as a part of the overall diet in terms of quality and quantity, this extensively updated grass+ really helps you achieve that.
"We've revised all the figures for use of slurry and manures to
take into account recent fertiliser prices, we've provided
information on calibrating fertiliser spreaders to help farmers
make sure they're using equipment as efficiently as possible.
There's also a
whole new section on cow tracks, how and why to use them, and which are the best types to consider for your farm."
To order the updated grass+ programme call 01285 646510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the DairyCo stand at the Grassland UK event.
Date 27 April 2009
For further information:
N: Helen Bond
T: 01285 646544
Notes for Editors:
DairyCo is a division of the statutory levy board, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
DairyCo's current focus is on improving the profitability of dairy farming by focusing on four specific areas:
- Provision of high quality market information to help farmers and their representatives make the most of dairy markets and opportunities.
- Helping dairy farmers increase their profits while meeting regulatory and environmental requirements - through the provision of world class research programmes and practical on-farm tools and services
- Helping promote the positive perception of dairy farming with the general public.
- The development of DairyCo activities towards a self-sustaining model.
DairyCo is funded entirely by milk producers, via a statutory levy on all milk sold off-farm, at the rate of 0.06p per litre. This provides an annual income of around 6.5m.