Fodder Beet

We grow fodder beet here on the farm as a feed for the cattle. Fodder beet is a similar plant to the more commonly seen sugar beet plant.  The sugar content is lower, but the yield per acre is typically somewhat higher.  Sugar beet growers may typically expect to grow between 20 and 30 tonnes … Read more Fodder Beet

Defra Encourages Farmers To Report Bovine Abortions & Premature Calving

I have just been reading in Defra’s  Farming Link magazine that Great Britain has been officially free of brucellosis since 1985. Brucellosis of cattle, also known as contagious abortion and Bangs disease, is caused by an infection with the bacterium Brucella abortus. This bacterium not only affects cattle, but also sheep, goats and pigs. Brucellosis … Read more Defra Encourages Farmers To Report Bovine Abortions & Premature Calving

Symptoms Of Liver Fluke In Cattle

As well as damaging the liver of the cattle, liver fluke can reduce milk production in dairy cattle and lower feed conversion rates in beef cattle. Principle signs of liver fluke in cattle are: Gradual loss of condition. Progressive weight loss. Reduction in milk yields. Bottlejaw. Abdominal swelling. Animals may become jaundiced. Cattle reluctant to … Read more Symptoms Of Liver Fluke In Cattle