• JOHNES is a serious problem and will spread further unless dairy farmers wake up to the seriousness of this debilitating disease which not only affects cow health but also milk yields and overall returns.

  • LOW-COST liquid co-products may not contain the true feed value that milk producers and beef farmers expect them to have, with other types of feed often required to supplement the diet as a result.

  • MILK producers of all breeds and crosses with spring-calving herds can look to the new Spring Calving Index (£SCI) to help with their sire selection.

  • ONE of the most influential sires in the Genus ABS dairy catalogue, Pictson Shottle, has been retired from the active bull line-up following a 15-year career.

  • 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.