With warmer weather enabling a longer grazing season and milder winters leading to more parasite survival, farmers need to have some degree of knowledge about parasites on their farm and in their area. As well as monitoring parasite risks by using the Parasite Watch map, farmers should also be using faecal egg counts and monitoring growth rates.
My approach to weaning calves is exactly like getting the biting point in a car – take your foot off the clutch too soon and you will stall. If calves are weaned too young or abruptly, it can have significant effect on their growth.
Introducing Prime Beef
This year has seen the launch of our milk powder that has been specifically designed and formulated for beef calves – Prime Beef.
Prime Beef is a high quality whey based powder, a high 22% protein content promoting good growth rates, and a lower 17% oil rate to drive early concentrate intake.
Wynnstay will be exhibiting at this year’s NSA Welsh Sheep Event at Llwyn Bedw, Talybont on Usk, Brecon on 16th May 2017.
The stand will feature a number of key seasonal products for sheep and beef farmers including; compound feeds – Lambmaster pellets and Ewemaster nuts, Wymmmin Premier Sheep mineral and, feed blocks and buckets and a range of hardware equipment. The Wynnstay team will also be on hand to offer advice on seasonal topics, from grass seed mixtures to worming.
Visitors will also be able to pick up a free copy of the Wynnstay Sheep & Beef Catalogue, which includes over 2,000 products making it a one-stop shop for sheep and beef farmers.
For those with a competitive nature, there will be a chance to win a Wynnstay bodywarmer or goody bag by taking part in our event competition.
The Wynnstay stand will be located outside, at stand number 149.
Calf pneumonia costs the UK cattle industry millions every year and is of huge financial significance. These losses arise from the cost of treatment, reduced weight gain, increased labour and most significantly from calf deaths. Calf pneumonia is one of the most common causes of illness and poor performance in housed calves from one to five months old.
The Welsh Government have announced that a Farm Business Grant will be available to help farmers in Wales improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holdings. It is designed to allow farmers to invest in equipment and machinery that have been pre-identified as offering clear and quantifiable benefits to farm enterprises; providing a 40% contribution.
Planned worm control with Panacur® Bolus saves money. Waiting until clinical signs are seen in youngstock – such as weight loss, scours and dehydration – means that production losses are already stacking up.
When, how and how much are frequent queries when it comes to feeding milk replacer to lambs. Getting this right can be the key to raising healthy, profitable lambs.
This article will outline the key factors that influence the profitability of suckler beef systems in Ireland. It has been adapted from a reproduced report courtesy of Teagasc.
Elevated energy demands placed on pregnant ewes in late gestation mean sheep can lose condition and suffer from twin lamb disease. This produces ketones as fat reserves are used as an energy source as opposed to glucose in the blood stream.