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CMC Ruminant Focus Team

technical team

CMC fully acknowledge the dramatic changes British agriculture has undergone in recent years.  Technological advancements have made a significant impact but there still never seems to be enough hours in the day.  You will be pleased to hear that help is at hand.

Kyrin Wiggins and Sarah Cann are the integral part of our Ruminant Focus Team which provides high quality support to our team by carrying out a diverse range of technical services on farm.  Their efforts are targeted to improving herd health and performance by measuring and monitoring, assisting with statutory recording and providing support to our valued customers.

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Failing to prepare= prepare to fail?

group of farmers

It’s an old adage, but one that tends to ring true, but as soon as you hear it makes you remember that sickening feeling in the bottom of your stomach that you had on exam day, when you realised that actually milking cows and driving tractors after school every night was unlikely to contribute to a successful outcome in your maths exam! Nevermind, most of us have attempted to confine that feeling to history, but there may just be more than a few of you that get that same feeling when you open your clamp of silage or look at your costings or bank statement?

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Multicut silages – a review

farmer and cows

Forages this winter presented a particular challenge on farm when it came to rationing. There were many instances of variability in animal response to diet ‘tweaking’, which were put down to abnormal silage profiles. Generally, first cuts were earlier and last year and did feed quite well but in many cases, there wasn’t a lot of it, but as the table below illustrates on average they weren’t significantly improved on previous years.

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Dutchy tour

students on site

In December we invited some of Duchy College Level 3 Agricultural students to spend the day with us. We did a tour of the mill to see how the products are made and how everything functions to make the mill run smoothly and efficiently. The students then had a couple of presentations one by myself, talking to them about my experiences as an ex-dutchy student and their options to employment after completing their course.

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Good nutrition key to antibiotic reduction

CMC question time

Farmers must utilise alternative treatments and good nutrition to protect the future of critically important antibiotics, according to speakers at a recent farm seminar.

Organised by CMC, Crediton Milling Company, the seminar brought together panellists including top farm vets, agricultural bank managers and a local dairy farmer, and attracted around 60 farmers from across the South West.

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Feed management of Ewes during pregnancy, for extra lamb vigour.

management of Ewes

Feed management of Ewes during pregnancy, for extra lamb vigour.

By Dr Peers Davies MA VetMB PhD MRCVS

In most sheep systems profitability hinges on lambs reared per ewe far more than the scanning percentage because lamb survival varies enormously with many flocks scanning at 180% and above but only selling 120-130%.
There are many reasons for lambs failing to make it through to sale and even more factors influencing lamb growth rate and final carcase value.

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Cann’s Corner

calves in field

What a challenging summer! Started off well got difficult later on, which is how I see the winter panning out with getting cows to milk. First cuts and some second cuts seem to be feeding well in most cases but not as well as expected on paper.

Third cuts are going to be very challenging with low ME and high NDF being common which we will soon have to deal with has earlier cuts seem to going back quickly.

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Britmilk Calf Milk Powders added to our range

Brit Milk calf

Always striving to enhance our product offering to the farming community CMC is pleased to announce that they are now able to add the full range of Britmilk Calf Milk Replacers to their current milk powder range, offering a comprehensive range of the highest quality whey and skim milk replacers at very cost-effective prices.

As well as being able to supply their own range of computerised calf feeders Britmilk calk milk is also compatible with the majority other calf feeders with free flow versions available if required.

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Focus On Forage Quality

forage

Christmas is fast approaching and its time to reflect on the past year and start to make plans for the coming one.  For some this growing season has been kind, but still, present certain challenges.

When pondering it may well be worth considering; few farmers would consider giving their cows the same feed ration that they were giving them in the 1980s. Yet many are still buying the same fertiliser grades.

“Why do we apply fertiliser to our crops?”

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