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Welcome to the first edition of The Sundowner. In this issue...
  • How switching the source of fibre boosted daily liveweight gain in a calf feeding trial
  • As the cows go out, see why one farmer reckons grass utilisation inside the cow is as important as in the field
  • Trial results on NIS in a year-round housed herd
  • Why NIS is popular again…
  • And upcoming events
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David Cubitt
Managing Director

Switching fibre boosts calf gains by 10%

Switching the source of fibre in a calf starter ration has prompted an increase in daily liveweight gain of around 10 per cent in young calves, a new study has found. Read More

Look at grass utilisation inside cow as well as out

With one of the wettest winters on record, the focus this year at Gelli Aur College in Carmarthenshire is going to be as much on grass utilisation inside the cow as well as out in the paddock. Reproduced from British Dairy (February 2016) Read More

Trial results on using NIS in a herd of 600 housed Holsteins

The trial took place on a single 600 cow herd in Wiltshire. The herd is predominantly Holstein breeding with a 305 day production average of around 10,000 litres. The study took place with the high yielding group. Read More

Why NIS is making a comeback…

First popular in the 70s, Nutritionally Improved Straw is making an unexpected comeback in dairy rations due to a combination of modern grazing techniques and highly fermentable TMR diets, says David Cubitt from Sundown. Read More

Upcoming Events

11am, Wednesday 2 March, near Launceston, Cornwall
Tamar Milling are running a farm walk on this 400-cow split spring and autumn block calving farm. Find out why yields of 10,000 litres per cow and 10-12 tonnes of dry matter per hectare are the targets, and what role NIS will play in achieving this. With Luppo Diepenbroek. For more details or to book a place, contact Tamar Milling on 01288 341 111.
7.30pm, Tuesday 8 March, Gelli Aur College Farm, Golden Grove, Carmarthen, SA32 8NJ
Farm manager John Owen will be hosting a Wynnstay forage workshop, looking at improving forage management and systems for the benefits of the dairy herd and including the relative benefits of NIS in grazing diets. For more details contact Wynnstay on 01691 662 690 by Thursday 3 March.


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