Category Archives: Press Releases

Cattle Youngstock Turnout

First and Second season animals are often wormed at turnout and the two main factors in deciding which product to use are how often you want to handle the animals when outside and the cost of the product.

The main factors to consider should be maximising growth rates and the development of immunity both of which are vital in dairy replacements and important for beef calves. If the animals perform well then they will more than offset the cost of using a more expensive product as the growth rates will be significantly greater.

Think about your strategies for supplementing minerals at grass as the requirements can be very different from when they are indoors. There are lots of options out there and certainly it isn’t a case of one product fits all. Ask us at CCF for advice on 01437 562400 or contact us.

Early Fly Control in Cattle

The relatively mild and extremely wet winter has potentially failed to kill off over-wintering fly populations – so much so that as the weather warms up there could be an explosion in insects that both irritate cattle and transmit diseases.

Climate change is also influencing the way entomologists and animal health experts think about fly control, and pre-empting the threat this year to your livestock can go some way to reducing potential insect-borne disease problems such as Summer Mastitis later in the summer.

Early insecticide treatment of cattle can help reduce insect populations. Applying a proven insecticide early in the season will both reduce the first wave of attack from biting insects and cut next generation numbers. If you can kill flies early or even stop them feeding on your livestock, you will reduce their ability to breed.

Seeing flies or midges on or around animals are usually the main triggers for applying insecticides, but significant insect populations can have built up by then. And left untreated, an insignificant early season insect population can become a huge one in just a few weeks. The main objective is to kill as many insects as possible when the first landing parties arrive on your livestock to feed.

As well as treating cattle early, it’s also important to keep on top of the insect problem as we move through the warmer months. A mixture of different fly and midge species threaten most farms with populations peaking at different times and waves of attackers hatch out to trouble herds all season long. However, regular applications of Butox Swish onto cattle will reduce the insect threat. And an early first dose will also help control any biting and sucking lice that have built up on animals over the winter housed period. You also get 8-10 weeks fly and lice protection from a single insecticide application. In addition, aim to reduce potential insect breeding sites and consider housing livestock at dawn and dusk if insects are particularly active.

March 2014 – Winter Fair sheep feed winner

Winner of CCF’s Centenary animal feed competition at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Builth Wells, is sheep farmer Adam Rees. He correctly identified that CCF openly declares all raw material percentages on its feed tickets, does not hide behind legal tolerances in its declarations and returns any profit to its farmer members rather than non-farming shareholders.

Winter-Fair-sheep-feed-winnerAdam Rees (left) is pictured receiving his prize of 3-tonnes of Centenary sheep feed from CCF sales representative Will Hughes (right) together with Eirian Martin, CCF Rhayader Centre Manager and Huw Rees, centre representative.

February 2014 – Elite ewes can now be fed to dairy cow standards

FARMER owned supply business CCF, with centres at Knighton, Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Machynlleth, Rhayader, Llanbedr, Llanuwchllyn, Trawsfynydd and Gaerwen Uchaf, has developed Elite Ewe 18, a new feed that aims to bring sheep nutrition to the same standards as dairy cows, feeding for milk production to help ewes perform and lambs gain good early growth.

“Productive sheep need high performance feeds if they are to keep healthy themselves and give twin lambs the best start in life. Especially in wet weather conditions that have reduced nutrient levels in fresh grass,” says CCF sheep specialist Jonathan Saer

Elite Ewe 18 is a specialist feed for high performance flocks, with lambing percentages over 160%, and is complementary to all types of forage; grass, hay and silage. “It is specifically designed to help body condition and milk production in twin bearing ewes over the pre- and post-lambing period, when intake levels are reduced,” explains Jonathan.

Manufactured as a 6mm nut, ideal for indoor lambing flocks feeding in troughs, CCF Elite Ewe 18 contains high levels of energy from cereals & Megalac, plus addition by-pass energy from maize. High quality protein is provided from soya, to help increase milk production and lamb growth, while sugar beet pulp & wheatfeed provide slower release digestible fibre to help avoid digestive upsets.

Elite Ewe 18 further supports the new mother’s nutritional needs with vitamin and mineral supplements, including 150 units of Vitamen E. The feed analyses at 6% Oil, 18% Protein, 9% Fibre and 28% Starch and Sugar, with a metabolisable energy content 13Mj/kg. (MER 13). CCF Elite Ewe 18 is not recommended for feeding to lambs or rams.

Advising farmers on the best way to manage feeding of indoor lambing flocks, CCF’s Jonathan Saer offers the following top tips:

  • Group and feed ewes according to their expected lambing – single, twins and triplets
  • Ensure clean, fresh water is always available
  • Feed a maximum of 0.5kg of concentrate feed per ewe per day, split between two feeds
  • Feed at regular times each day
  • Make sure there is at least 45cm of trough space per ewe so all can  feed equally
  • Separate younger ewes to ensure they get their share
  • Clean troughs before putting in fresh food
  • Ensure forage is available before and after concentrate feeding

CCF (Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers), operates nationally from 19 sites across Wales and Boarders. A registered co-operative, wholly owned by its farmer members, CCF provides the latest science based technical advice on all aspects of livestock and arable production, and a range of quality feeds, fertilisers and farm inputs.

January 2014 – Top animal health prizes for Farmers Co Op employee

An employee from Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers Ltd has recently received two prestigious prizes at the annual Animal Health Distributors Association Conference.
Jenny Evans was the top student in the livestock category of the Animal Medicines Training Authority exams in 2013 and was awarded the Simon Fleet Cup. She also scooped the AHDA prize.

Jenny, who has worked for CCF for nearly four years is based in the head office at Clynderwen but can often be found working in the Crymych and Newcastle Emlyn branches when staff are on holiday or during weekends. This brings her face to face with farmer customers on a regular basis and the exam is designed to help staff provide better advice on a range of animal health problems. Jenny is one of 49 qualified animal health staff in the business.