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For ewes that are lambing in March or April: During the last 6 – 8 weeks of pregnancy, ewes need to be on a rising plane of nutrition to compensate for the rapid increase in lamb growth, significant reduction in dry matter intake (DMI) and to help to prevent against metabolic disorders, such as twin…

With calving season underway on many farms in Northern Ireland, Dr David Johnston, Ruminant Nutritionist at Fane Valley Feeds, discusses some management tips to enhance calf health and performance during the most critical stages. Colostrum post-calvingIt is vitally important that calves receive 3 litres of high quality colostrum within 4-6 hours of birth either through…

Fane Valley are running a competition to find the best silage in the province this winter. Any farmer who uses Fane Valley to analyse their silage this winter will automatically be entered into the competition to win 250t worth of grass silage additive for next season.  Silage quality is key to good animal performance, reducing…

80% of early lactation problems can be related back to the dry period, therefore providing the correct feeding, management and provision of a stress free environment during this stage is essential. In reality, there is a wide variation in dry cow management strategies adopted on farm, therefore there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Whatever…

Improving grassland management and pasture utilisation are key drivers of farm profitability. Given the current market conditions, dairy farmers have a huge incentive to utilise and incorporate spring grass into the diet.  Grazed grass is acknowledged as the most cost effective feedstuff available, however, it is not without its limitations and challenges. If it is not…

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