The Williams family from Gwythrian, Aberdaron, have seen dramatic improvements in carcass weight gain by controlling costs, predominantly monitoring DLWG and intakes to improve performance and efficiency. Alan Williams farms with his wife Catrin and three sons, Dafydd, Will and Ieuan, at Gwythrian. Alan has seen a huge benefit in monitoring animal performance through each stage of beef production. Along with monitoring animal performance, intakes and costs are controlled after purchasing their Keenan 320 Mech Fibre.
Good ruminant function is vital if we are going to get the best performance out of ruminant livestock. As such understanding how the rumen functions and adopting appropriate feeding strategies is central to nutritional advice and diet formulation.
Colostrum is the first feed for the newborn lamb and the key to survival. It’s a highly nutritious energy source which helps the lamb to maintain body temperature and survive; it also contains antibodies which are vital to help protect the newborn lamb against disease. Feeding sufficient good quality colostrum immediately after birth will reduce losses from both hypothermia and disease. It’s critical to carefully feed your in-lamb ewes in order to stimulate the production of quality colostrum and ensure lambs get the best start in life.
The new Android App, developed by StockTrace, was showcased at the Wynnstay Sheep and Beef Event at Welshpool on 14th August and received great acclaim.
Sheep identification legislation is changing in Wales from January the 1st 2016.
In order to achieve maximum economic returns from lambs this autumn/winter, sheep farmers need to plan production and resources to decide how to finish the lambs or sell them as stores to meet the requirements of the chosen market.
Whether beef prices are on the up or on the way down, it is always possible to improve returns by increasing efficiency. The use of Biosprint live yeast in beef diets can help to do just that; the benefits include reduced cost per kilo live weight gain, a reduction in the overall feed bill and a faster turnaround of animals.
So when does the preparation for lambing start? Ideally it should be the day the ewes are weaned from the previous lamb crop. However, eight weeks before the rams go in is the date that the countdown really begins. So why 8 weeks before tupping? There are two reasons: number one, the rams and number two, the ewes.
There has been much interest in recent years in outwintering systems for beef cattle. They have the potential to reduce costs and hence increase farm profitability. Out-wintering also offers the potential to increase herd size, within the constraints of NVZ restrictions without the substantial capital costs associated with housing and waste storage.