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- Feeding+ Section 1 - Improving Through Feeding
- Feeding+ Section 2 - Planning your Nutrition
- Feeding+ Section 3 - Planning your Feeding
- Feeding+ Section 4 - Assessing Your Feed Options
- Feeding+ Section 5 - Managing your Forage Feeds
- Feeding+ Section 6 - Managing Your Non-Forage Feeds
- Feeding+ Section 7 - Managing Your Feeding
- Feeding+ Section 8 - Managing Organic Feeding
- Feeding+ Section 9 - Managing Dry Cow Feeding
- Feeding+ Section 10 - Managing Youngstock Feeding
- Feeding+ Factsheet 1- metabolic disorders
- Feeding+ Factsheet 2 - Common feed analysis terms
- Feeding+ Factsheet 3 - The DCAB system
- Feeding+ Factsheet 4 - Body Condition Scoring (BCS)
- Feeding+ Factsheet 5 -Common ration ingredients
- Feeding+ Factsheet 6 - Planning field access
- Feeding+ Factsheet 7 - Sward shortfalls and surpluses
- Feeding+ Factsheet 8 - Out-wintering on brassicas
- Feeding+ Factsheet 9 - Metabolic profiles
- Feeding+ Factsheet 10 - Herd replacement systems
- Feeding+ Worksheet 1 - Clamped silage quantity
- Feeding+ Worksheet 2 - Silage requirements
- Feeding+ Worksheet 3 - Silage availability
- Feeding+ Worksheet 4 - Farm feed costing
- Feeding+ Worksheet 5 - Relative feed valuation
- Feeding+ Worksheet 6 - Feed budgeting
- Feeding+ Worksheet 7 - Manual diet formulation
- Feeding+ Worksheet 8 - Lactation curve recording
- Out-wintering on forage brassicas
- Starling control on dairy farms- Q & A summary
- Body Condition Scoring
- Body Condition Scoring Recording Pad
- Relative feed value calculator
- Managing calves in cold weather
- Calculating dry matter of samples
- Grass Management
- Health & Welfare
- AHDB Dairy Feet Programme
- Monitor farm reports
- People Management
- AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan
- Climate Change
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Talking to schools & consumers
- D. Archive
Calculating Dry Matter (DM) of samples
As the dry matter (DM) content is probably the most critical and variable components in forage it is essential that we can assess DM quickly, easily and regularly to ensure accurate feed formulation. The procedure described below is a simple test that can be performed on farm to measure DM; ideally on a weekly basis.
Managing calves in cold weather
In cold weather calves require more energy to keep warm. Calves must be fed enough milk and concentrate to provide them with extra energy to maintain their body temperature, grow and remain healthy.
Relative feed value calculator
One way of comparing different feeds is to look at them on the basis of ME and CP they supply.
Body Condition Scoring Recording Pad
This resource sits alongside the factsheet on how and when to body condition giving detailed descriptions and accurate illustrations to help with scoring.
Body Condition Scoring
A factsheet all about how to body condition score dairy cattle that gives detailed descriptions and accurate illustrations to help with scoring
Starling control on a dairy farm - Q&A
Starlings are a significant problem on some dairy farms; the downloadable summary has been compiled to consider what practical changes could be made on-farm which may help prevent and/or control feed losses due to Starling infestation.
Out-wintering on forage brassicas
This report describes an experiment which was used to evaluate the performance of in-calf dairy heifers either housed and fed silage or out-wintered on strip grazed stubble turnips with the target to achieve a daily live weight gain (DLWG) of 0.7 to 0.8kg.
Feeding+ Worksheet 8 - Lactation curve recording
Plotting either an individual or group of animals lactation curves graphically can help track the performance and identify areas where attention may be needed.
Feeding+ Worksheet 7 - Manual diet formulation
The balancing of diets to provide for the cow's requirements is worked through in this five step process.
Feeding+ Worksheet 6 - Feed budgeting
Feed budgeting, in terms of total dry matter requirement for the whole herd, allows you to use farm data on forage stocks to feed into diet formulation.