This months linked article's:
MAGNESIUM PRODUCTS PRICES &
UREA LEVELS IN MILK...
COUNTING THE COST OF BUYING CHEAP...
ACCESS TO FARMS...
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY...
Following last months newsletter we again would recommend to you
that decisions should be made now with regard to blends for the spring
and summer. We feel that the opportunity is paramount to secure a
good deal because the majority of ingredients are showing reductions
in price. As most of you are aware we will offer you a fixed price
and fixed formulation guarantee for the whole of the period from April
to September. The prices will be based either on a blend that we would
recommend or alternatively one that suits your own individual needs
and you feel comfortable with. To obtain a realistic and keen price
coupled with our guarantee of a FIXED FORMULATION
(something we feel is of the utmost importance) please ring the office
or your usual agent who will only be too pleased to assist you. We
have a 'blend calculator' on our website
if you would like to put your blend in, to see what we can do.
UREA LEVELS IN MILK
Adding AMINO PRO-TEK to the diet
is also another way of maintaining and improving yields in the spring.
It works in the rumen and enables better use to be made of the protein
in the home grown forages, especially in high protein spring grass.
Apart from increases in milk yield we have also seen reduced urea
levels in the milk and improved fertility. It is a sugar complex that
utilises the excess protein in the rumen to the cows advantage rather
than it being passed through without the full advantage and benefit
being taken from the spring grass. For a small outlay of 8p per day
you can expect increases in milk yield by up to 3 litres per cow per
day, equating to 60p per cow per day (not a bad increase of 52p per
cow per day!). If your milk quality slip shows urea levels of over
0.040 the inclusion of Amino Pro-Tek in the diet almost guarantees
a reduction which means better utilisation of the total intake leading
to better yields.
COUNTING THE COST OF BUYING CHEAP
To get the best from your animals GP Feeds believe that:
- They should be fed quality ingredients
- The correct level of vitamins and minerals
- A fixed formulation
- A balanced nutritious diet
- Palatable feed
When fed correctly, your animals will be more profitable to your
business and increase your turnover. GP Feeds believe that this is
the only way to feed animals.
Too many feed companies are supplying poor diets, lacking in the
essential vitamins and minerals to sustain healthy animals. Feeds
are often full of fillers that will fill an animal up, but don't provide
the nutrition that is vital for health, fertility and growth.
This feed may be cheap to buy and make your accounts look good in
the short term, but in the long term this will be detrimental to your
business and you will be seeing more of your vet, less on your milk
cheque and an increase in your cull figures. As the old saying goes:
' Buy cheap, buy twice'.
There is another way and although you may be spending slightly more
money on your GP Feed, the bigger picture will show an increase in
profits due to the improved health of your animals.
Why not ring GP Feeds and we will be very pleased to discuss our
approach to feeding your animals with you. Please ring the office
on 01948 661602.
ACCESS TO FARMS
An article in the National press a few weeks ago confirmed what many
of we country folk have known for a long time, that children living
in towns and cities across the UK often have no idea where the bulk
of the feed they eat originated. A group of children from the Runcorn
area visited an outdoor education centre in the middle of the Cheshire
countryside and were amazed and shocked that cows produced milk and
ate grass! They also mistook cows for buffalos and pheasant for peacocks!
This ignorance of the basic facts of life was also borne out when
BSE first reared its ugly head and the banning of calf exports lead
to male Holstein / Friesian type calves being slaughtered. At that
time the question was asked by many people as to why a cow had to
have a calf anyhow? Having said that, what we want to know is - who
was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I
think I'll squeeze these dangly things here and drink whatever comes
Joking apart, doesn't it make you think there must be something lacking
in the British education system and perhaps British agriculture, particularly
the mouth pieces of the dairy industry, should do something to redress
the balance. Maybe the likes of ourselves should be helping to educate
these people more? We would welcome any of you comments on this topic
either by phone (01948 661602, fax (01948 871776) or e-mail (email@example.com).
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Earliest date to apply non-selective herbicides to set aside land.
DEFRA have confirmed that land has been claimed as set aside at anytime
in the last 5 years is considered "arable land" and not
permanent pasture, even where the cover was grass. All agricultural
land, with the exception of only permanent pasture, woodland and land
in non agricultural use must be included in the set aside calculation.
Final date at which 10 month occupancy period can begin for land
on which you are claiming Single Payment Scheme (SPS) in 2005.
Closing date for SPS applications in 2005.
Earliest date to cultivate set aside land to control weeds.
Earliest date to sow crops for 2006 harvest.
15th July - 15th August
Compulsory cut of set aside land (cuttings must be left on the ground).
End of set aside period.
1st September - 14th January 2006
You may graze livestock or take hay / silage for own use from 2005
set aside land.
1st February - 30th June 2006
Payment window for 2005 SPS.
New waste disposal regulation from June 2005 bans the burning or
burying of plastic waste (some short term exemption apply) from farms.
400,000 tonnes of such waste is generated each year and DEFRA are
contributing £1 million over four years to establish a collection
system. As far as we believe this will include fertiliser bags, plastic
feed bags, plastic mineral bags and silage big bale wrappings. You
can contact DEFRA by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 0845 9335 577.
QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR QUALITY
WE FORMULATE OUR OWN RANGE OF DAIRY, CALF, BEEF AND SHEEP COMPOUNDS
WHICH ARE BASED ON A FIXED FORMULATION AND FIXED PRICE. THESE ARE
FORMULATED TO STRICT NUTRITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS.
WE ALSO SUPPLY BLENDS MADE TO YOUR OWN SPECIFICATION(S) WHICH SUIT
OUT OF PARLOUR FEEDING AND CAN BE MADE TO MATCH DIFFERENT FORAGES
AS YOU GO THROUGH THE FEEDING YEAR. DON'T FORGET THAT WE ALSO SUPPLY
PLEASE RING : 01948 661602
WE WILL BE VERY PLEASED TO HELP.
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