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As the lambing season is approaching on many farms across the country, Dr David Johnston, Ruminant Nutritionist at Fane Valley Feeds, looks at the key nutritional areas to consider. In the 6-8 weeks pre-lambing, it is important to maintain an increasing plane of nutrition to meet the energy requirements of the ewe due to increasing…

Fane Valley has officially opened a new purpose-built agri-store on its existing Alexander Road site in the heart of Armagh City. The modern 2,500 sq ft retail space offers an expansive range of agricultural, animal health, companion animal and garden products. Patrick Savage, Chairman of Fane Valley Co-operative Society commented, “It is a great pleasure…

Fane Valley Cooperative Society has donated £20,000 to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland as part of ongoing support to a charity which provides lifesaving medical services in rural areas across the province. The charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland.  The…

Freshgrass Holdings and Fane Valley Co-operative Society today announced that they have reached an agreement to become 50/50 joint owners of Drummonds, subject to the approval of The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Both parties have confirmed that the key objectives of the Joint Venture will be to continue to support the excellent business relationships formed over the…

Knowing the fertility of the soil on your farm is the first step towards growing healthy crops of cereal and grass. The fertility of the soil on your farm will vary from field to field according to soil type and the management of the field. To get a snapshot of fertility, soil samples will provide…

As part of its ambitious sustainability vision for the future, White’s Oats has unveiled a full sweep of A+ Eco Scores across its range of porridge oats awarded by not-for-profit organisation Foundation Earth to understand the environmental impacts of its products. Using methodology developed by Mondra and borne out of research from Oxford University, a…

The autumn weather has been relatively good however, if not already done, most cattle farms are now planning to house cattle. As cattle do not pick up worms or fluke while they are indoors, this is an ideal time to control worms and fluke for the housing period, optimising growth rates and cattle health over…

As winter feeding commences, Fane Valley Feeds’ Ruminant Nutritionist Dr David Johnston outlines some practices farmers should employ to maximise efficiency during the coming months. With most cows housed in recent weeks due to adverse weather conditions, many dairy farmers across Northern Ireland are keen to maximise silage use within their milk production systems this…

The rumen plays an essential role in a cow’s digestive system. It is like a large fermentation vat hiving with microbes that break down the animal’s feed so as it can be absorbed and used for energy. To ensure the animal is efficient and healthy the rumen must be functioning well and must have a…

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