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2 days ago

Heat stress is known to impact cow health and productivity once ambient temperatures rise above 22°C through depressed dry matter intakes which have been estimated to fall by as much as 8-12% as temperature rises. This, in turn can reduce milk production by up to 20% with cows suffering the effects of heat stress also often exhibiting a reduction in milk fat production linked to suboptimal rumen conditions.

A reduction in milk production is a clear sign of heat stress, however, the initial signs of moderate heat stress can often be rapid shallow breathing. Heat stress is likely if respiratory rates are greater than 80 breaths per minute in 70% of the herd so observing cows throughout the day (at milking especially whilst waiting to be milked) will help establish the first signs of heat stress in animals. Furthermore, higher producing dairy cows will be more susceptible to heat stress as a result of their higher dry matter intake, resulting in more metabolic heat generated as they process greater quantities of feed on a daily basis.
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Heat stress is known to impact cow health and productivity once ambient temperatures rise above 22°C through depressed dry matter intakes which have been estimated to fall by as much as 8-12% as temperature rises.  This, in turn can reduce milk production by up to 20% with cows suffering the effects of heat stress also often exhibiting a reduction in milk fat production linked to suboptimal rumen conditions.

A reduction in milk production is a clear sign of heat stress, however, the initial signs of moderate heat stress can often be rapid shallow breathing. Heat stress is likely if respiratory rates are greater than 80 breaths per minute in 70% of the herd so observing cows throughout the day (at milking especially whilst waiting to be milked) will help establish the first signs of heat stress in animals. Furthermore, higher producing dairy cows will be more susceptible to heat stress as a result of their higher dry matter intake, resulting in more metabolic heat generated as they process greater quantities of feed on a daily basis.
5 days ago

Looking for an efficient solution to feed your livestock during the colder months? Forage crops are the answer! They seamlessly blend with grassland and livestock, providing a high-yielding, quality feed when grass growth slows down. Not only do they offer a cost-effective way to feed livestock throughout winter, but they also alleviate pressure on housing, labour, and bedding expenses.

Plus, forage crops benefit the land by serving as an excellent break crop for grassland renewal. Grazing them in place enhances soil health, increasing organic matter and returning nutrients to the soil. Do remember that many forage crops are low in phosphorus and adequate supplementation should be provided.
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Looking for an efficient solution to feed your livestock during the colder months? Forage crops are the answer! They seamlessly blend with grassland and livestock, providing a high-yielding, quality feed when grass growth slows down. Not only do they offer a cost-effective way to feed livestock throughout winter, but they also alleviate pressure on housing, labour, and bedding expenses.

Plus, forage crops benefit the land by serving as an excellent break crop for grassland renewal. Grazing them in place enhances soil health, increasing organic matter and returning nutrients to the soil. Do remember that many forage crops are low in phosphorus and adequate supplementation should be provided.
1 week ago

CCN Disease is on the rise and many cases are being recorded already.

Ensure Vitamin B1 is provided to growing lambs – use Rumevite Quality Lamb as your No.1 choice. Other products we provide that contain B1 are SUPAlyx Garlic & Sheep GP.

#ccndisease #cerebrocorticalnecrosis
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CCN Disease is on the rise and many cases are being recorded already. 

Ensure Vitamin B1 is provided to growing lambs - use Rumevite Quality Lamb as your No.1 choice.  Other products we provide that contain B1 are SUPAlyx Garlic & Sheep GP.

#ccndisease #cerebrocorticalnecrosisImage attachment
1 week ago

Prime cattle prices have held steady across June, continuing to sit at approximately 10p/kg below previous year levels due to plentiful supply and relatively subdued demand for this time of year. There has been some uplift during the first week of July following a dip in supply, with the all-prime average sitting at 475.4p/kg, an increase of 1.3p/kg compared to the previous week.

An uplift in demand is expected in the coming weeks, particularly if the weather improves, which should support prices going forward. Cull cow prices have sat at approximately 361p/kg across June, with throughputs down 1,000 head per week year-on-year. Imports are continuing to pressure the domestic beef market, with Irish import volumes so far this year up 24%.

Lamb prices have showed the typical seasonal decline in recent weeks, with the NSL SQQ dropping by 60p/kg across June to sit at 746.7p/kg. However prices still remain historically high, being over £1/kg higher than this time last year and over £2/kg above the 5-year average. Throughputs continue to increase as more new season lambs come forward, driving the seasonal drop in prices, however total kill numbers in the year to date are back 11% on 2023 and tight supply is expected to keep prices elevated across the year.

Producers will now be starting to turn bulls out to spring-calving cows and think about preparing early-lambing ewes for tupping. It’s important to remember that requirements for all essential nutrients including energy, protein, minerals, vitamins and trace elements need to be met to optimise ovulation rates, pregnancy establishment and sperm production and quality. Cobalt in particular is important for ovulation and cobalt levels in pasture typically show a seasonal ‘dip’ over the summer months.
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Prime cattle prices have held steady across June, continuing to sit at approximately 10p/kg below previous year levels due to plentiful supply and relatively subdued demand for this time of year. There has been some uplift during the first week of July following a dip in supply, with the all-prime average sitting at 475.4p/kg, an increase of 1.3p/kg compared to the previous week. 

An uplift in demand is expected in the coming weeks, particularly if the weather improves, which should support prices going forward. Cull cow prices have sat at approximately 361p/kg across June, with throughputs down 1,000 head per week year-on-year. Imports are continuing to pressure the domestic beef market, with Irish import volumes so far this year up 24%.

Lamb prices have showed the typical seasonal decline in recent weeks, with the NSL SQQ dropping by 60p/kg across June to sit at 746.7p/kg. However prices still remain historically high, being over £1/kg higher than this time last year and over £2/kg above the 5-year average. Throughputs continue to increase as more new season lambs come forward, driving the seasonal drop in prices, however total kill numbers in the year to date are back 11%  on 2023 and tight supply is expected to keep prices elevated across the year.

Producers will now be starting to turn bulls out to spring-calving cows and think about preparing early-lambing ewes for tupping. It’s important to remember that requirements for all essential nutrients including energy, protein, minerals, vitamins and trace elements need to be met to optimise ovulation rates, pregnancy establishment and sperm production and quality. Cobalt in particular is important for ovulation and cobalt levels in pasture typically show a seasonal ‘dip’ over the summer months.Image attachment
1 week ago

Let’s keep things short and sweet with MAXX!
-Heres a quick 60 second reel from Product Manager Amy Wright on why MAXX Calf Health should be in your youngstock pens!

#Youngstock #cattlefarm #ukfarming #CalfHealth
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2 weeks ago

🎟️ Don’t miss out on the 2024 National Youngstock Conference at Sandy Park, Exeter!

Only 10 tickets left – use discount code RumencoNYC24 and dive into a day of invaluable insights, networking, and more. Book today to secure your spot!

www.cowmanagement.co.uk/national-youngstock-conference
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🎟️ Dont miss out on the 2024 National Youngstock Conference at Sandy Park, Exeter!

Only 10 tickets left - use discount code RumencoNYC24 and dive into a day of invaluable insights, networking, and more. Book today to secure your spot!

https://www.cowmanagement.co.uk/national-youngstock-conference
2 weeks ago

Rumevite Quality Lamb 14″

– A high energy and protein feed and mineral block specifically for growing and finishing lambs on grazing, forages or root crops.
– Proven to double weaned lamb daily liveweight gain*.
– Supports daily liveweight gains and fat cover in finishing lambs.
– Supports good frame and lean tissue (muscle) development.
– Supports rumen function proven to increase daily liveweight gain*.
– Fortified with minerals, vitamins and trace elements including Zinpro Availa® zinc to help support good hoof health, and vitamin B1 for where there is a risk of cerebrocortical necrosis (CCN).
– Contains Phytotec to support robust digestive health, daily liveweight gain and improved feed conversion efficiency.

*Independent trial compared to no supplementation.

Ideal for:
– Growing and finishing lambs on grazing, forages or fodder crops as a replacement for concentrates or where extra supplementation is required.
– Ewe and ram lambs being retained for breeding.
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Rumevite Quality Lamb 14″

- A high energy and protein feed and mineral block specifically for growing and finishing lambs on grazing, forages or root crops.
- Proven to double weaned lamb daily liveweight gain*.
- Supports daily liveweight gains and fat cover in finishing lambs.
- Supports good frame and lean tissue (muscle) development.
- Supports rumen function proven to increase daily liveweight gain*.
- Fortified with minerals, vitamins and trace elements including Zinpro Availa® zinc to help support good hoof health, and vitamin B1 for where there is a risk of cerebrocortical necrosis (CCN).
- Contains Phytotec to support robust digestive health, daily liveweight gain and improved feed conversion efficiency.

*Independent trial compared to no supplementation.

Ideal for:
- Growing and finishing lambs on grazing, forages or fodder crops as a replacement for concentrates or where extra supplementation is required.
- Ewe and ram lambs being retained for breeding.
3 weeks ago

Rumenco are supporting the Scottish Agricultural Awards and endorsing the Sheep Farm of the Year category for 2024, by sponsoring this category we recognize and celebrate the profound contributions of Scottish sheep farmers. Their commitment to welfare, productivity and sustainability is the bedrock of Scotland’s agricultural heritage and future success.

We urge all sheep farmers to seize this opportunity to enter and showcase their accomplishments and inspire others in the industry. Together, let’s elevate the sheep farming community and cultivate a brighter, more resilient future for Scottish agriculture.

To enter or nominate someone please see here: www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/scottish-agriculture-awards/
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Rumenco are supporting the Scottish Agricultural Awards and endorsing the Sheep Farm of the Year category for 2024, by sponsoring this category we recognize and celebrate the profound contributions of Scottish sheep farmers. Their commitment to welfare, productivity and sustainability is the bedrock of Scotlands agricultural heritage and future success.

We urge all sheep farmers to seize this opportunity to enter and showcase their accomplishments and inspire others in the industry. Together, lets elevate the sheep farming community and cultivate a brighter, more resilient future for Scottish agriculture.

To enter or nominate someone please see here: https://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/scottish-agriculture-awards/
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