The AHDB Dairy technical articles archive
- Navigate your way through winter 2015-1620 November 2015
There is no hiding from the fact that the winter of 2105-16 is going to be challenging for many dairy farmers. However, paying close attention to the details of nutrition can help reduce some winter feed costs, according to Dr Stephen Whelan, R&D Manager at AHDB Dairy.
- The challenges of a later maize harvest20 November 2015
Data shows that it has taken about three weeks longer than last year for maize crops to reach a set maturity, consequently, silage harvest has been much later than normal in many areas, says John Morgan from the Maize Growers Association (MGA). In fact, 2015 is set to be the latest year for maize in the past ten years.
- Key performance indicators for grazing in New Zealand20 November 2015
At a series of LIC technical workshops, held across the country last week, New Zealand-based consultant Paul Bird talked about developments on dairy farms in his country, as well as key performance indicators for grazing, many of which are also applicable in the UK.
- Season overview part 220 November 2015
Two more of our farmer contributors to Forage for Knowledge provide an overview of their seasons and talk about 2015, which turned out to be a year of contrasts.
- On the shoulders - 2015 season overview20 November 2015
Following a good growing season in 2014, grass production in 2015 was underpinned by exceptional growth at the shoulders of the season. As we now collate the last of the grass figures for this year, AHDB Dairy’s Dr Debbie McConnell takes a look at how growth and quality has fared across the thirteen Forage for Knowledge (FFK) farms throughout 2015
- Season overview part 123 October 2015
A broken ankle and horrible weather in June hasn’t stopped two of our Forage for Knowledge farmer contributors making the best use of the available grass this season.
- Now is the time to consider your 2016 cropping options23 October 2015
Many farmers will be completing the end of their autumn rotation and are planning ahead for next spring, which makes it an ideal time to consider if your farm has the right crop mix to maximise utilisable nutrients (energy and protein) per hectare. This exercise should have one ultimate goal, producing a higher portion of milk from forage in your farming system, something that may be a worthy challenge for 2016.
- Tom Blanchard - the route to a profitable grass based business23 October 2015
Keeping a firm eye on cash flow, as well as bringing family and staff with him, was crucial to, Forage for Knowledge farmer contributor, Tom Blanchard’s move from a high output to grassland based system
- Managing maize stubbles over winter23 October 2015
With winter soil losses from roughly cultivated land reduced to 1% of that of bare maize stubble, good management over the winter period is crucial to minimising soil erosion and nutrient loss. Dr Debbie McConnell, AHDB Dairy R&D Manager, takes a look at the options for cultivation this winter.
- Cold mornings having effect in Cumbria9 October 2015
George Brown is herd manager at Cairnhead Farm in Ainstable, Cumbria. The herd of 390 spring calving cows consisting mostly of New Zealand Friesian, with some Jersey Crosses, with yields of 490kg MS (5,500-6,000l) per year. At an elevation of about 600 feet, the milking platform is 120ha, with a further 60ha used for youngstock and silage ground.