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5 steps to better surplus lamb growth
Sheep farmers with surplus lambs to rear over the 2024 lambing season are being encouraged to make the most of these newborns’ early life growth potential to boost flock returns. Maximising lamb numbers sold per ewe is a key benchmark for a successful sheep farming enterprise. This mean rearing... Read more
Beef sector gears up for major showcase
Beef producers from across the UK will gather at next month’s Beef Expo show – the flagship event to celebrate the best of British cattle breeding. Organised by the National Beef Association, the one-day exhibition is scheduled to coincide with Great British Beef Week – being held on 27... Read more
Welcome relaxation of bluetongue control zones
Industry leaders have welcomed the relaxation of bluetongue control zones – but say livestock producers must remain vigilant for the disease. Temporary control zones that have limited the movement of livestock to control the spread of bluetongue were removed on 19 February – easing difficulties for many sheep and... Read more
Producers face no respite from livestock challenges this winter
Sheep farmers are losing 10-25% of early lambs this season to Schmallenberg disease, suggest initial reports. Scanners are reporting dead lambs inside ewes – adding to challenges which already include bluetongue virus, winter storms and flooding due to extreme weather, says the National Sheep Association. NSA chief executive Phil... Read more
Remain vigilant for bluetongue virus as spring draws nearer
Livestock producers are urged to remain vigilant for bluetongue with more than 50 cases of the virus now confirmed in southern and eastern England. Defra said there was still no evidence that bluetongue was circulating in midges in Great Britain. But surveillance remains ongoing with the number of cases... Read more
How to get lambing off to the best start
EXPERT VIEW Preparation is key for lambing success this season, says Phil Brookes of Volac Planning for the new lambing season should begin early – even if you normally lamb your flock in late spring. But whenever you start lambing, a practical seven-point plan will set your enterprise up... Read more
Keep watch for bluetongue virus during winter months
Livestock producers are urged to remain vigilant following the discovery of bluetongue in cattle on a Norfolk farm last month. A 10km temporary control zone was declared around the premises near Cantley, Broadland. Two infected animals were culled and livestock movement restrictions imposed to minimise the risk of onward... Read more
Handy tweaks to get best from sheep flocks this winter
High scanning percentages are prompting reminders for sheep producers to adjust ewe management this winter. Many ewes are carrying twins or triplets – with high percentages a welcome change from last year. But the grass quality is declining so other methods will be needed to maintain ewe body condition... Read more
‘Maize silage slump’ risk when opening clamps early
Farmers forced to open maize silage clamps earlier than expected this year are being warned to keep a close eye on livestock. A challenging season for grass growth has seen more farmers than usual feeding maize silage straight after harvest due to tight forage stocks. But doing so can... Read more
Good harvest yields reported for maize
Early indications suggest a bumper harvest for maize production this year with high yields of good quality material that should clamp and feed well. Fears that the relatively cold, wet spring and challenging drilling conditions could result in later maturing crops for many growers have been largely abated, says... Read more