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  • Traceability in the Dairy Industry

    The UK food supply chain continues to become more integrated, driven by the requirement from retailers and the consumer for greater traceability. The Holstein UK Group provides a variety of services that can help producers to meet strict requirements, and also build a herd that is fit for purpose.

  • Haplotypes – how worried should I be?

    Farming Connect and AHDB Dairy invite you to Aintree Holsteins to find out more about how you can manage the potentially lethal and disruptive recessive disorders and haplotypes without compromising genetic gain. Owen Tunney from Willows vets will explain how a vet led approach at Aintree helped to identify problem animals and the steps taken to avoid mating two recessive Haplotype carriers. Darren Todd from HUK will discuss what the different Haplotype codes are, where they come from and their estimated frequency within the UK Holstein population. Also Marco Winters from AHDB Dairy will present new Indexes that can help improve calf survivability and reduce lameness.

  • 06 Jun 2017

    National BVD Survey 2017 shows progress but also areas of concern

    Around 75% of farmers participating in the 2017 National BVD Survey said that the benefit of being free from BVD is between £10-40 per cow, writes Boehringer Ingelheim’s Matt Yarnall who led the survey.

  • 15 May 2017

    BVDFree reaches 1,000-herd landmark

    The BVDFree England scheme reached a significant milestone this week, with 1,000 herds now registered to take part in the nationwide eradication scheme. In total 25,000 individual animal BVD statuses are searchable on the BVDFree database.

  • 26 Apr 2017

    AHDB stages calf rearing workshop at CCM Skipton

    A well-attended calf rearing workshop led by AHDB Dairy was staged at Skipton Auction Mart alongside the same day’s Craven Dairy Auction and Yorkshire Holstein Club dairy show and sale, on Monday, April 24.

  • New Mastitis PTA will be launched next month

    A new mastitis genetic evaluation will be published by AHDB Dairy to coincide with the issue of next month’s bull proofs (4 April) for the dairy cattle breeds. The new evaluation gives an indication of a bull’s ability to transmit mastitis resistance on to his daughters and is expressed as a percentage on a scale of about -5 to +5.

  • 10 Mar 2017

    Monitor And Act On Housing Temperature, Humidity And Air Speed To Safeguard Calf Health

    Farmers are being urged to monitor the relative humidity and temperature in all calf accommodation - including hutches - throughout the year in light of farm data that suggests huge variations in both parameters, which could be compromising health and growth rates.

  • Semex expands Immunity+ with new additions

    Semex’s genetic technology pipeline continues to develop its unique offering to help UK dairy farmers breed inherently healthier cows and reduce antibiotic use, with three new sires introduced to the firm’s growing Immunity+ portfolio, two of which are also A2A2 sires. 

  • 13 Jan 2017

    Extension of free carcase collection areas in England for diagnostic post mortem examinations 

    APHA has reviewed the contracts held for the provision of post mortem examination (PME) services from non-APHA surveillance partners. This has resulted in more areas of England being eligible for free carcase collection from 3 January 2017. There are no changes to the surveillance services available in Wales.

  • 06 Sep 2016

    Britain remains on high alert for bluetongue

    MILTON KEYNES, UK, 6th September 2016 – With DEFRA still predicting a significant risk of an outbreak of bluetongue (BTV8) in the UK by the end of the summer, sheep and cattle producers are being urged to vaccinate their stock before it’s too late.