If your area is affected, you should take a look at the feeding settings of your farms to make sure the cow is able to satisfy her feed needs. While visiting a farm, it is advised to address this issue to make sure the farmer adjusts his or hers feeding management to this dry period. This could be, depending on the ration on the feed fence, to increase the concentrates intake in the Astronaut, to change the type of concentrates or to discuss the issue with the feed advisor of the farmer.
Next to the feeding settings, it is also good to think about the grassland. The management of the grassland could be adjusted to make sure the roughage is of good quality for the next year by for example over seed some grass. Check the effects of the drought on the grassland and what changes are needed in grass management to help the farmer produce high quality roughage next year.
Welcoming Afrik McAvoy
Afrik McAvoy joined the Lely Atlantic team for a year-long student placement earlier this year. We caught up with her to find out her plans for the year - and beyond.
Has the perception of women changed in the agricultural industry?
For decades women were under-appreciated for their pivotal role in agriculture industry, but thankfully this is changing. At Lely there has never been any doubt that women are an integral part of our team and our mission of caring for cows and farmers across the world.