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TheDairySite Newsletter - 27 February 2015

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Friday 27th February 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

Dung Detective Takes Over From Fire Brigade

Manure sieving is informing a Cyprus farm’s feed preparation, according to one of TheDairySite features this week.

Extensive data from a milking robot is partnering a dung experiment to assess feed digestibility as part of a preventive approach to herd health. read more

This is somewhat of a new direction in Cyprus from the typical “fire-brigade” ideology to responding to problems, says a Cypriot nutritionist.

“I want to develop preventative programmes for the dairy farmers,” said Carolina Kyriacou, self-employed advisor. “Women advisers are pretty rare in farming. I am trying very hard to change this and am slowly but surely succeeding.”

Monthly body condition scoring; weekly and monthly fat and protein ratios; weekly, silage dry matter percentages; and daily dry matter intake, robot visits, rumination and ad libitum rumen pH are the monitoring tools she uses.

Her methods have brought about a 25 per cent yield increase in Christodoulos Koulombris’s 55 cow herd.

On inspecting dung samples, she explained: “Broken grain in the sieves shows that the hammer mill screens have holes in them, hence grains are not ground to the proper consistency.

“Finding long pieces of roughage in the sieves indicates that the chopper blades in the feed wagon are blunt and not providing a fine enough cut for the forages.”

Due to the extreme heat of the Cyprus summer, cows are kept inside in an open, airy shed, shading the herd from sunlight in 40 degree centigrade (104 F) heat. As a result, cows are zero-grazed as standard in what is essentially a Middle East climate. read more about the Cypriot industry here

Digestibility of feed is key for Mrs Kyriacou. The herd is fed corn and alfalfa silage, bought in from farms or grown on the 38 hectares the Koulombris family owns and some rented.

In the feature, contributing writer Stuart Lumb reveals that corn silage is prepared on a feed wagon and a pellet is produced on the farm for the robot.

“There is a feed mill on the farm but in addition a special concentrate pellet is purchased from a local feed mill," writes Stuart.

"The pellet is fed through the farm’s Lely robot at the rate of 5.5kg per day, enticing the cows in to be milked.”

He adds that attention to detail and dedication is paying off for Carolina in what is a very demanding industry.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Dung Detective Gets Most Out of Milking Robot
Sieving manure is allowing a dairy cow nutritionist to make important changes to feed preparation and rations.

When to Intervene During Calving
When it comes to success at calving, there are some things beyond the farmers control, writes a Kentucky veterinarian.

Safeguarding Your Herd Against New Cattle
Stock movement is a key biosecurity issue across the world and a hot topic in Britain.

Meet Vega The 156 Tonne Cow
A Swedish farm has what many are calling the world's most productive cow.

Company News

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Biomin Web Site Now in Polish
POLAND - Biomin has launched a Polish version of its corporate web site.
Market Reports

USDA National Dairy Products Sales Report - 20 February 2015
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Dairy Sector Needs Ways to Manage Volatility
Labour Pledges to End Badger Culls
NFU: 'Ensure Farming Can Thrive'
European Commissioner Promises to Simplify CAP
Commitment Shown to bTB Eradication Strategy
Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
Politicians Need to Ensure Food Chain Works
Quick Response Needed on BVD to Avoid Farm Restrictions
New Report Reveals Alarming UK Self-Sufficiency Figures
UK, US Collaborate on Animal Disease Prevention Research

   United States

Economic Models Give Insights Into Global Sustainability Challenges
USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension
Record US Meat Output as Food Price Inflation Stays Low


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Supply and Demand Overriding Factor on Prices
Commissioner Hogan to Address US Conference


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Dairy Crisis: Farm Costs Must Be Lower


Norway BSE Case Resolved

   Russian Federation

2000 Cow Plus Russian Farms in High Demand


Polish Farmers March for Land Rights and GM Issues


Heat Wave Leads to Animal Care Warning


Nor-Feed Award Looking for Latest in Plant Based Products for Livestock

   Cape Verde

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