• SOMATIC cell counts and calving intervals are at their lowest levels for 14 years, according to the latest breed averages from National Milk Records (NMR) recorded herds.

  • ANY recovery in future milk prices will be dependant on a reduction in production, the sale of excess stocks and a rise in demand, according to a new report from AHDB Dairy.

  • THE first genetic index to improve resistance to bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in dairy herds - TB Advantage - has been published by AHDB Dairy.

  • AN acute shortage of replacement dairy heifers is looming because the use of beef sires instead of dairy has gone on too far for too long.

  • FALLING margins following recent milk price cuts should be tackled on all fronts to minimise losses and maximise potential gains, claims KW nutritionist Mark Scott.

  • ONE of the first of the new MIone robotic milking systems has been installed in Northern Ireland by GEA Farm Technologies, via local dealer, McKnight Dairy Services.

  • THE most severe version of BVD, type 2, has been identified in Poland in a dairy herd and could be an issue for cattle that have been imported into the UK.

  • THIS winter cost effective feeding on dairy farms will be more important than ever with regards to milk quality, milk yield relative to contracted litres, milk from forage, forage quality and forage quantity and herd fertility.

  • SINCE moving onto a managed breeding programme, Dumfries-shire dairy farmer, Alan Campbell, has seen continued improvement in the cows in his expanding herd.

  • WORK undertaken at The Hannah Research Institute at Ayr and published in 1994, reported a reduction of about 22% in milk yield with once a day milking.