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24th September, 2017

Dr Dan's Newspaper Articles

Optimise your future in dairying

This time of year is the least labour intensive on dairy farms. Getting relief milkers is one of the biggest challenges in...
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The Challenges of Dairy Herd Expansion

Dairy herd size in grass based milk production systems has increased significantly in the past five years. This expansion has...
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ENSURING YOUR COWS STAY IN CALF

This is a critical stage of the breeding season, the seeds have been sown to establish next year’s calf crop. The challenge...
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ACCURATE HEAT DETECTION KEY TO OPTIMAL REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE

Breeding programmes for spring calving dairy herds have now begun on all farms. This period literally sows the seeds for both...
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PREPARING FOR SPRING AI SEASON

Grass based spring calving programmes are nearing an end. Cows remaining to calve are in my opinion high risk pregnancies. ...
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HEALTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME IS KEY TO SUSTAINABLE AUTUMN CALVING

Breeding programmes for autumn calving herds will end by the 10th of March.  This pertains primarily in the South of...
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MANAGING YOUR LATE CALVING COWS AND COLOSTRUM QUALITY FOR LATE BORN CALVES

Spring calving dairy herds are currently at the peak of their calving programmes. It is a very demanding time in terms of...
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CHALLENGES FACING THE DAIRY INDUSTRY

The month of December has been very mild. Weather records now show that 2016 was the hottest year on record.  Climate change...
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BREEDING COWS FOR AUTUMN CALVING

The majority of grass based milk production systems will dry off the remainder of their spring calvers over the next fortnight....
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PREPARING FOR DRY COW MANAGEMENT

Improved weather has enabled farmers to keep cows out by day and indeed by night on drier ground. Grazing conditions have been...
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