• THE genomic young sire list is where considerable excitement lies when it comes to Holstein genetics and the December index run, published by DairyCo, demonstrates the fast pace of change.

  • HOW BEST to use cheap cereals?

  • THE recently launched MerlinView software is part of the system and this simplifies data available to herd managers by collating a series of key performance indicators (KPIs), such as individual cow milking data, cow activity, milk components, overall herd performance, bulk tank capacity and cleaning parameters.

  • COW comfort, cubicle cleanliness and attention to detail at all times were the key factors in the judge's choice of the Cogent 'Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year 2014', won this year by David Hamilton and his team at Meldrum, Blairdrummond.

  • THOSE WORRIED about forage quality this winter can now turn to a new liquid product, LactoBoost from Trident Feeds, which allows a lactose-rich whey to permeate feed.

  • NEWS THAT sampling of this year's harvest by Alltech has shown high levels of mycotoxins in grain and straw, will sound alarm bells for many - and leading dairy farmer, Gilmour Lawrie, learnt the hard way that it's a risk not worth taking.

  • IT'S NO secret that the price of sexed dairy semen is around double that of a conventional straw.

  • "Grass is full of energy and, if it's managed correctly, it's as good a feed as anything you will ever get out of a bag." These were the words of Charlie Morgan, one of the UK's top grass experts, speaking to farmers at a recent Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing for Growth meeting.

  • WHILE THE falling price of milk is bringing some groups of dairy farmers onto the streets in protest, every producer is also having to take a long hard look at their costs.

  • 'WHEN YOU are building a future dairy cow, you have to put the foundations in properly' - that's how Wim Bosma, farm manager at the Edinburgh University Veterinary School's dairy farm at Langhill, views the unit's aim of producing 10,000 litre cows from heifers that calve on average at 24 months.