Here you will find all the Farmish blog posts that are about, or related to, Farm Management.

Scheduled service: a main component of parlour performance

Milking equipment needs regular servicing to work properly and safeguard the health of the herd. Can you really afford to be without it? With the volatile milk and feed prices of recent years, producers cannot afford to have their milking … Continue reading

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How to move from conventional to robotic milking – part 2: What to do with 2 months to go

In the second of our two posts examining the necessary steps for a smooth transition from conventional milking to robotic milking, we look at herd preparation.

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How to move from conventional to robotic milking

In the first of two posts we look at the necessary steps for a smooth transition from conventional milking to robotic milking. Here we consider the issues that need to be addressed up to six months before startup.

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Successful reproduction is at the heart of the dairy business

Successful reproduction lies at the heart of any dairy operation – without regular calvings there will be difficulties in producing the desired amount of milk. As a direct result of this, infertility – or perhaps, more accurately, the inability of the … Continue reading

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Minimising mastitis and maximizing cow lifetime productivity

It is the second biggest cause of involuntary culling of dairy cows, and it can infect up to 50% of all dairy herds in the US and Europe: mastitis is a constant threat among dairy herds which can have expensive … Continue reading

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How does lameness impact cow longevity?

Do you have an action plan when it comes to reducing lameness and increasing cow longevity? Continue reading

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Why we really need to think about extending the lifetime productivity of a cow  

Dairy farmers need to replace cows in the herd frequently because of health and reproduction issues; yet this expensive practice could also be avoided in some cases through a range of simple, effective measures. Isn’t that part of what sustainable farming … Continue reading

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Herd Navigator: the way ahead

How much time and effort could you save if you could identify problems like mastitis or ketosis, before they became a problem in your dairy herd? And how much extra profit might you earn, if you could spot the animals … Continue reading

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KPIs: the key to managing your robotic milking operation

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. If you want to see how well your robotic milking operation is running, then it’s important to use some specific key performance indicators (KPIs).

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Making a good robotic milking facility great: the cow’s perspective

Installing an automatic milking system doesn’t bring instant answers to dairy farming challenges in itself: to get the very best output from the herd requires careful thought, planning and consideration. And the best place to start is by looking at … Continue reading

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