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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Feeding

Late Season Grazing Management

Late Season Grazing Management

Autumn grass can be a high-value feed, and for those squeezed by milk price, maximising use of late season grass can boost margins. This Farming Note covers: how l...

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Maize Harvest

Maize Harvest

Harvesting maize at the correct time is crucial to get that all important balance between starch and digestibility. At the same time, top notch management at ensiling is ...

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Making the Most of Your Nutritionist

Making the Most of Your Nutritionist

Volatile feed markets and increasing pressure on margins mean that the role of the farm nutritionist in creating a well-balanced ration to meet specific farm requirements...

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Managing Rumen Health Farming Note

Managing Rumen Health Farming Note

The rumen is the powerhouse of the cow, a huge fermentation vat housing a delicately balanced ecosystem of microorganisms. When rumen conditions are changed, effects on t...

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Mid Season Grazing Management

Mid Season Grazing Management

Mid season grazing management presents a challenge. While it’s easy to grow grass in spring, as rotations progress, grass quality diminishes if effort is not put in. Ma...

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Milk From Forage Farming Note

Milk From Forage Farming Note

With the rise in feed costs in recent years, utilisation of forages has become increasingly important to reduce volatility and maintain profits.  In May 2010, milk fro...

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Milk Protein Farming Note

Milk Protein Farming Note

Milk protein often has greater financial benefits than butterfat within payment schemes, although protein percentage is less variable and harder to manipulate. Milk prote...

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Milk Urea

Milk Urea

Milk urea levels are a useful means of assessing ration balance, with fluctuations typically highlighting a shift in the balance between rumen degradable protein and ener...

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Moist Grain Options Farming Note

Moist Grain Options Farming Note

Harvesting grain destined for animal feed when it's moist rather than dry can shorten harvest times in difficult weather conditions and allow for a faster turn around in ...

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Multi-Cut Silage

Multi-Cut Silage

Adopting a multi-cut silage system, which reduces the interval between silage cuts could be one way to help farmers maximise milk from forage - something nearly all respo...

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Nitrates levels in grass

Nitrates levels in grass

Nitrates in forage can reduce milk yields and cause fertility problems, can turn silage butyric and even cause death in stock. This Farming Note covers: How to ens...

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Precision Chop vs Forage Wagon

Precision Chop vs Forage Wagon

Many factors determine the quality of the silage that is ultimately fed to dairy cows. The Forage Cost Report bases yield and cost values on an average of well grown crop...

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