• CALVES are most at risk of lungoworm infection this autumn if they remain unvaccinated during their first grazing season and in the absence of an appropriate parasite control programme, according to the NADIS Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

  • KIRKCUDBRIGHT dairy farmer, David Yates, has recently completed a trial feeding a new additive which has resulted in a significant improvement in feed conversion efficiency (FCE) and better fertility in his 500-cow Holstein herd at Meikle Firthhead, Castle Douglas, in South-west Scotland.

  • AS WE approach the four-year anniversary of the beginning of the Scottish BVD eradication programme (stage one launched in September 2011), great strides have been made in the control of this widespread cattle disease, writes Neil Laing, of Clyde Vets in Lanark, part of the XL Vet Group.

  • BVD monitoring using the latest testing strategies is helping farms in Scotland to eradicate the disease and proving that elimination is an achievable target for all UK producers.

  • CLOSTRIDIAL disease is a common cause of sudden death in cattle of all ages.

  • DESPITE the recent drop in farm-gate milk prices, it is still well worth pushing for the extra litres this winter, with one of the best milk price to feed cost ratios now possible.

  • THE genetic superiority of genomic young sires is continuing going by the latest rankings which features no fewer than nine elite sires exceeding £600 for the newly revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • A NEW leader, along with an increased number of proven Holstein sire rankings dominated by bulls which transmit improvement to their daughters' health and fertility have emerged in the first proof run based on the revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • Higher milk prices have boosted margins in the latest results reported by Kingshay in its new Dairy Costings Focus, but the gap has widened between the best and worst herds in efficiency of milk production.

  • CHANGES ARE afoot in the world of dairy cattle breeding where DairyCo Breeding+ is soon to launch a revised Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI).