Opti-Mol – New Name and New Look!

Optimise Livestock Health and Performance. Downland have launched a new look and a new name for a range of molassed supplement buckets! Downland Opti-Mol range is specially formulated to match a wide range of on-farm feeding systems and are the [...]

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Discourage Nuisance Insects this Grazing Season

As Summer arrives and temperatures start to increase so does the number of flies and midges irritating livestock. Although eradication of flies is impossible, effective control is achievable and should be the aim for every farmer. Worryingly, flies and midges [...]

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Worming Cattle at Grass

Parasites can be detrimental to animal health and performance. Given the huge variation and local unpredictability of weather seen across the country this year, it will be hard to predict the affect this may have had on parasite survival rates. [...]

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When Grass Alone is not Enough

Early season grazed grass is one of the cheapest and most nutritious feeds for ruminants. By mid-May, it is usually growing well and good gains in lambs and cattle are easily achieved, with nutritive values often higher than many concentrate [...]

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Wool to Woes – The Economics of Blowfly Strike

Historically we could forecast the blowfly strike risk period with a reasonable degree of certainty but as our weather patterns become increasingly unpredictable, many more of us are being caught out earlier than ever. The impact on the welfare of [...]

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Support Calf Recovery

Scour remains the most common disease of calves prior to weaning. It therefore has the potential to considerably impact herd and farm performance. Treatment costs and calf mortality are significant at the time of the outbreak, but just as important can [...]

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Watch the Turnout Trace Element Gap!

Turning out livestock from winter housing could mean many animals are at risk from a performance-limiting trace element gap. As spring grass growth accelerates, trace element intakes may be compromised. Although abundant fresh grass is available on pasture, many animals [...]

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Magnesium Deficiency: Don’t let it be an issue for your ewes this spring

Magnesium is an essential element involved in most biochemical processes within the body. However, it is estimated that up to 70% of magnesium in the body is stored in the bones and not released easily therefore sheep do need a [...]

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Turning Out? Prepare to Prevent

Grass Staggers is well recognised as a significant threat to cattle at key times of the year, despite prevention being possible it remains a common issue on farm and can cause significant losses. Grass staggers or Hypomagnesaemia is a critical [...]

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5 Steps To Lambing Success

The varied weather and grass growing conditions seen throughout this year have had an impact on forage stocks and quality as we head into this lambing season. Whilst grass growth has been above average across mid and late summer, quality [...]

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