UDDER HEALTH SERVICES – VADIA
Many of the farms we work with are now reaping the benefits of the VaDia milking time testing service we offer.
VaDia is a battery operated, small and lightweight instrument which attaches to the teat cup during milking and logs the vacuum at four points in the milking cluster. The units allow us to monitor vacuum readings in three mouthpieces of a single cluster during a normal milking. It can provide valuable information about:
• Cow preparation (bi-modal milking)
• Vacuum level and fluctuations
• Teat-end vacuum during peak flow
• Liner fit
• Over or under milking
All of which will have a significant impact on mastitis, cell count and cow comfort.
The information we gather thanks to VaDia will inform the implementation of (often small) changes within the parlour, resulting in an increase in milking efficiency whilst lowering the incidence of mastitis within the herd.
Next month we will take a look in detail at the results found on-farm, including an amalgamation of our findings and the changes that have been made.
OPTIMISING THE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR CALVES
Whether you are rearing youngstock as dairy replacements, suckler replacements, stock for market or slaughter; maximising outputs and minimising losses is vital to any successful enterprise.
Key factors to consider when determining maximum health and development of youngstock include:
• Are your calves getting adequate colostrum?
• Do you know what daily liveweight gain your calves are achieving?
• Do you know what they should be achieving?
• Does the milk powder you’re using suit your system?
• What is your disease incidence?
• What is your mortality rate?
• Are you aware of the most up to date research into the areas that can have the biggest positive effect on calf rearing?
How do I answer these questions?
Take advantage of the support available to you through the Torch Youngstock Club.
The Torch Farm Youngstock Club works in partnership with clients, providing ongoing support and monitoring throughout the year to help to ensure you are getting the most from your youngstock.
What’s involved with the Youngstock Club and what support will I receive?
Our youngstock club will help answer the above questions and more.
It is achieved through:
• 12 x 1 hour visits per year/calving season
• Measuring total proteins
• Collecting data
• Allocating one of our Vet Techs to your farm
• Creating written reports for you and your farms’ vet to monitor performance and discuss areas that could be improved
How do I join?
If you would like more information on how we can help you get the most from your youngstock then please get in touch.
Speak to your vet or get in touch with your local Torch Farm branch who will give you further information and talk you through the steps needed to join.
LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR THE LAST ROUND OF THE COUNTRYSIDE PRODUCTIVITY SMALL GRANTS (CPSG) SCHEME
The final round of the Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme closes for applications on 4th November.
Under the CPSG scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment which helps businesses save time and money and improve productivity.
Last year, new items were added to the list of the equipment available that will help farmers to benefit the environment, such as equipment designed to help minimise soil compaction in fields, monitor ammonia levels in farm buildings, and increase machinery precision when applying slurry. From a bovine TB perspective for example, eligible items could include:
• Cattle handling systems/ cattle crushes.
• Badger-proof feed troughs/ lick holders.
• Calf milk pasteuriser and dispenser.
• Shallow injection systems (for slurry).
If you have been successful in applying for grants in previous rounds of the scheme you are still able to apply for different pieces of equipment within this final round up to the scheme’s limit of £12,000, to enable you to streamline other elements of your business.
More information can be accessed at: www.gov.uk/government/news/25-million-available-to-help-farmers-boost-productivity
27th ANNUAL HOLSWORTHY DAIRY EVENT
Whilst not in its traditional format, we are pleased to be able to continue to support the annual Dairy Event at Holsworthy Market as a sponsor.
The event this year takes place in conjunction with the early month dairy sale as a business show and sale on Wednesday 4th November and we wish clients exhibiting and attending a successful day.
We will be in attendance at the event and look forward to saying a socially distanced hello or two.
SIXTY MILES IN SEPTEMBER
After taking up running earlier in the year with coach (and vet) Rachel Turner, Team Torch’s Jen Burnett and Miriam Rigby were inspired to put their new-found fitness to good use!
The trio raised £550 for Cancer Research UK by running 180 miles collectively throughout September. Here they are pictured on their last pre-work, early morning run on 30th September that completed the challenge.
A huge well done!
We just wanted to say thank you for your understanding through these unprecedented times.
We remain committed to providing our veterinary services. In line with government guidance, we have in place strict social distancing measures to keep you and our teams safe, secure the best care for your animals and help reduce the transmission of the coronavirus.
We appreciate your continued patience at this busy and challenging time.