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Beat The Mud! Guide to Mud Fever

Monday, 12 December 2016 14:51:59 Europe/London

The winter weather is with us, our horses’ coats have changed from sleek to furry and our paddocks from green to muddy. Skin problems are more common in the winter months when conditions are cold, wet and muddy and keeping horses clean and dry becomes a major challenge. Mud fever is the most common skin problem. Nettex’s experienced equine vet Dr Becky Lees has put together a guide to help you understand what mud fever is, how we can treat it and crucially how it can be prevented.

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Posted in Equine By Dr Becky Lees

Why Feed Ad Lib?

Tuesday, 4 October 2016 16:33:43 Europe/London

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A bull calf with good conformation and a good bloom will command top prices. Ad lib feeding allows the calf to put on bone and muscle and express his full genetic potential. These bulls can go to market earlier, improving cash flow.

Dairy heifers are the future herd. The benefits of getting heifers off to a good start include reaching bulling weight earlier and calving between 23-24 months. This requires a Holstein calf to grow at 0.8kg/day and needs to consume a minimum of 900g of milk powder/day. Research has shown that calves with the biggest pre weaning weight gain go on to become the highest yielding animals in the herd (Soberon et al 2012)

Ad lib heifer calves go to the bull earlier, calve down within 2 years and give a higher than average yield

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Posted in Youngstock Rearing By Wynnstay Youngstock Team

Equine Events

Thursday, 22 September 2016 11:51:11 Europe/London

Starting on the 7th October, we are once again holding our highly anticipated Autumn Equine Events!

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Posted in Equine By Wynnstay Events Team

How to Fit Your Horse Rug

Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:21:41 Europe/London

It is very important to get the right size rug for your horse to prevent them from experiencing discomfort and to ensure the rug does not get damaged. Below we describe how to measure your horse properly for a rug so that they will have a rug to last many seasons. Rug fit may vary with each manufacturer.

Horse Rug Fitting Guide

Measure at the centrepoint of the chest (A), over the high point of the shoulder and to the centre of the tail (B). Then subtract 4" for a turnout rug and 6" for a stable rug.

  • Make sure that the tail is lifted over the fillet strap and that the strap is securely attached on both sides. This will prevent the rug from blowing forward. Where possible pull the tail through the strapping on the inside of the tail flap.
  • When closing the surgicles, ensure that they hang at least 10cm - 20cm below the horses belly.

Horse Rug Size Chart


Posted in Equine By Wynnstay's Equine Team

Medicines And The Legislation Behind Prescribing

Friday, 9 October 2015 12:36:02 Europe/London

The rules governing medicine use on farm are strict but fair. In this piece we aim to explain a bit more about how we do our best to secure animal and consumer health. Now more than ever, farming is under the microscope regarding animal and consumer welfare. As an industry we need not only to have the very highest standards, but crucially we need to be seen to be upholding the safety of the food we all eat for everyone.Read More

Posted By Wynnstay Agriculture

New Entrants In Farming

Friday, 18 September 2015 13:38:14 Europe/London

After a brief hiatus in their dairy farming history, the Walters family of Bruton, Somerset decided once again to start milking cows in 2015. The family’s daughter Naomi, who is also one of Agricentre’s own area managers working in that area, explained more:Read More
Posted By Naomi Walters

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