• TRACE elements play an important role in livestock nutrition and contribute significantly towards health, immunity, growth, fertility and lactation, but it is important to avoid any risks of poisoning or exceeding legal limits. 

  • IMPROVED grass utilisation and in particular milk from grazed grass, could enable dairy farmers to reduce their purchase feed costs anything from 1.4p per litre to 1.7ppl, with every extra 1000 litres of milk production from forage. 

  • NORWEGIAN Red genetics from Geno, Norway's genetics co-operative, have reached record global sales as the breed becomes the most popular exported red breed worldwise with a 23% margin over the other red dairy breeds.

  • A BRITISH born and bred Holstein bull has set a new record for excellence after being classified Ex97, making Woodmarsh Asterix the first UK bull to reach this mark since Supersires Magic-Touch 20 years ago.

  • A NUMBER of bulls have made it to the top of the recent April bull proofs published by AHDB Dairy, with the British Friesian seeing the most changes in the top five rankings.

  • THERE'S stability in the latest spring calving index (£SCI) rankings published by AHDB Dairy, last week, as the Danish-bred Jersey, VJ Tester, retains his existing lead.

  • THERE'S been a shake up among the young genomic sires in the latest bull proofs published by AHDB Dairy at the beginning of April as three new bulls now sit in the top five, with many more throughout the rankings.

  • A FORMER number one sire has returned to the top of the daughter-proven Holstein bull proofs based of profitable lifetime index (£PLI).

  • FAILING to correctly balance nutrients from grazing and prevent sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) at turnout can cut feed intakes by 5% or more, potentially reducing daily milk yields by up to 2.5 litres per cow, KW nutritionist, Dr Matt Witt, has claimed.

  • THE UK's first skyr producer has successfully manufactured around three tonnes of the Icelandic cultured dairy product, similar to strained yoghurt, since the opening of their on-farm production facility this summer.