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Early spring grass is a very ineffective source of fibre and essential minerals, which can result in a decline in Milk quality and fertility rates. The challenge is to keep the quality of intakes up, whatever the circumstances.

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In the worst cases, early spring grass is a very ineffective source of fibre and essential minerals, which can result in a decline in Milk quality and fertility rates. The challenge is to keep the quality of intakes up, whatever the circumstances.

Another issue to be aware of at this time of the year is potential falls in butterfat levels within the dairy herd. CF Duchy blends Fibre Boost is an excellent product to address this issue, being a blend formulated to add more fibre and balance the spring lush grass. At the same time, consideration should be given to maintaining magnesium levels, with CF Duchy Molassed Mineral Mag Bucket or Crystalyx High Mag buckets being two popular ways to insure that magnesium levels are kept up. These products are a useful safeguard against grass staggers which can occur in the spring, especially if we have cold nights and warm days and the grass is growing

This is also a crucial time of year for feeding dairy cattle and youngstock, so how can each farm ensure that the livestock are getting the recommended daily allowance of minerals, trace elements and vitamins they need to ensure profitable productivity levels.

The best answer is to add supplements to the herd to feed on in addition to the grass. In this way the farm can balance out the diet, making best use of what qualities the grass does have, but at the same time identifying what it lacks and adjusting the diet accordingly.

Cornwall Farmers has a range of products that can provide the right boost to mineral deficiencies and match the feeding systems used by each farm. The easiest and most popular method of correcting diet in-balances at this time of year involves the use of free access lick buckets such as the Crystalyx Cattle Booster. These blue buckets are a familiar sight around the south west and work by stimulating intake and digestion of forages at the same time as providing a good source of minerals, trace elements and vitamins to promote optimum performance.

For further information please contact Philippa Lohmeyer on 07976 468563, or the Cornwall Farmers Agricultural Service Team on 0800 588 4068.

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