Here are some topical topics to keep you in touch...
Naturally hardened supplementary feed lick containing high energy, protein, trace elements, minerals & vitamins.
Contains very little water, no fibre, no binders & no chemicals - unlike other blocks on the market.
Softens on the surface as it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. Licking removes this sticky surface exposing the still hard product underneath.
It's the high sugar levels that stimulate the digestion of forages by 10%-20%, so its not just the nutrients in the tub that you gain.
Crystalyx is an inexpensive way of feeding ruminant livestock by making the best of home grown forages.
Stewardship Seeds & Game cover Seed
With the application dates now open to apply for your Countryside Stewardship Schemes, we have various useful guides as to the best seed mixture you may require. Please ask and we will be happy to help. Click the link below to the visit the government stewardship website.
Russia has dominated the world exports, in turn putting downward pressure on the UK market. However, if you are still hanging on for better prices, bear in mind that even at today's levels its as good as its been since 2012, so its still not the wrong move to sell.
Other downward pressure may come from recent aggressive French selling, possible further US sanctions against Russia & the closure of 2 Northern ethanol plants have also hindered our market. Feed Wheat & Barley appear lacklustre in the South East but we are sensing that full spec Milling Wheat may get short towards the end of the season.. Perhaps!
The bulk of trade is now mostly done but please talk to us if you need any top ups or soil tests are highlighting any deficiencies that need balancing.
EfficieNt28 foliar nitrogen comes into its own this time of year as the crop leaf area grows. The best field & independent trail results use split applications at T2 & T3 on winter Wheat, giving a consistent 0.3t yield increase. We also now have 2018 NIAB trial results showing significant oil % increases is OSR, as well as significant yield increases confirming what we have seen in the field for several years. After all, wasted Nitrogen costs you money and environmental stress.
We have an early order discount for orders placed before the end of March.
This is one of the cheapest ways to top up & correct your P&K's in the spring & you get a plethora or trace elements for free. We are able to spread on GPS.
Early trade talk is suggesting that prices for Bale Wrap and Net could be similar to last years.
Sheep Feed & Lambing Supplies
Ah yes, the next few weeks will see a lot of sunken eyed shepherds lacking sleep. Make sure that you are well planned to avoid too many surprises & we hope all goes well. Most feed is now on contract but there are still some good deals available if you are not covered yet. Our Southdown Store holds a wide range of Lambing equipment and we are well stocked up with Lamlac 5,10 & 25kg bags.
And here is a thought.. A new app has been launched called Tudder, a combination of Tinder & Udder, designed to help farmers find potential partners for their Livestock!
Links below to our Facebook & Twitter.
Many thanks to all who attended our recent Soil & Crop Nutrition meeting at the Bolney Wine Estate.
The take home messages from our speakers were:
Measure what’s in your soils so you know what you have to work with
Use accurate fertilisers and spreading methods to minimise waste
Consider buying trace elements within blended fertilisers depending on your soil and crop analysis
Use coated Urea bagged Nitrogen to minimise Nitrous Oxide gassing off. This is also more stable in the soil than AN
KaN is re-branding to SustaiN coated Urea this summer
Once full leaf cover is established, Foliar EfficieNt 28 is by far the most effective way of feeding Nitrogen to crops
We are working with the local CHAMP project to trail practices to minimise Nitrate pollution
Do not under estimate the momentum of the environmental lobby, the press and Defra’s clean air strategy
Fertliser wastage is a cost to you and the environment
Bolney bubbles are very pleasant on a Friday afternoon! 🍾
Happy New year from everyone at Bodle Bros!
Our first event of 2019 will be aimed at our more agricultural customers. In just a few weeks (Friday 18th Jan) we are holding a meeting at the Bolney Wine Estate, this will include three guest speakers, and lunch followed by wine tasting. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and gather information. We have targeted this meeting towards local farmers with the aim to provide up to date information & advice on feeding your crops efficiently and improving your soil whilst minimising environmental impact. If you would like to book a place please use the contact details provided on the leaflet below.
We look forward to seeing you there.
We have announced the date for our annual open day! It will be held on Friday November 30th at our Southdown store, We will be open from 10am-7pm.
Every year we have lots of reps in store, they will each have great offers on their products. We have triple points for loyalty card holders or open a loyalty card on the day! Below are some of the reps confirmed to be on store on the day..
Bowmans Dog Food
Dodson & Horrell Horse Feeds
Dengie Horse Feeds
NAF (Natural Animal Feeds)
Protexin Equine Premium
TopSpec Horse Feeds
Horsey Keep Sakes
Saracen Horse Feeds
Cootes the vets
Christmas Gift Stand
We will be giving sneak peeks into the offers available on the day via our social media pages.
There will also be refreshments, and a free prize draw. Make sure you pop in and see us!
The Highway Code states drivers need to ensure ‘dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so that they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop too quickly’.
We all agree that there is nothing funnier than seeing a dog with its head stuck out the window, but, the law recommends a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or guard as ways of restraining your pet while driving. If an animal roaming freely around the vehicle is said to have contributed to causing an accident, then an insurance company could be well within their rights not to pay out on a claim.
With this in mind, we have brought in the new ‘Sotnos Triple Safety Harness’.
This harness is extremely good quality and boasts the following features -
Four point adjustment
Car restraint clip
Seatbelt attachment loop
Grab handle (for extra security whilst walking)
Bertie (pictured on the right) came into our store to have his new harness fitted this week. He is also wearing the Sotnos anti-jolt lead.
We have this harness and lead in stock at our Southdown Store and all our staff are happy to help get one fitted to your pet, it comes in sizes XS-XL.
Farmers Weekly - August 3, 2018
BETTER GRASS BOOSTS FLOCK PRODUCTIVITY
A higher stocking rate and a shorter time to finish lambs is enough to encourage Sussex-based farmer Jeremy West to grow more higher quality grass. Greater reliance on temporary leys has meant that lambs reach finishing weights in less time and his stocking rate has increased six-fold, at least. Ewes are also less reliant on supplementary feed.
“It all depends on the season,” says Jeremy, who farms the 344-hectare unit on the South Downs, between Lewes and Brighton. “But we’ve seen a massive improvement in lamb performance when they’re grazed on high quality grassland.
Thanks to young productive grass leys, Jeremy has ‘weathered’ the dry conditions this summer - something he would not have managed if he was still relying on old grassland. “We didn’t need to feed any pellets to lambs – I avoid this as it takes the shine off the job,” he says.
“We did close the ley up for three weeks at weaning; something we don’t normally do, but because the ewes were on neighbouring grassland we had to move the lambs off to some poorer grass. Maybe this paid off, in that the grass soon greened up and when the lambs returned, in early to mid August, there was plenty of feed.
“We don’t routinely weigh lambs, but I did notice that growth rates slowed down when they were on the old grass swards. They’ve picked up now, back on the temporary leys. This highlighted the value of growing grass with good feed quality – it pays off.”
He’s integrating this ‘temporary’ grass with combinable crops and roots. It’s a rotation that’s still ‘under development’, according to Jeremy. “We’re increasing the amount of grass in the rotation – this year we direct drilled 30ha of the Extra Lamb mixture into spring barley stubbles.”
When it comes to reseeding, and justifying reseeding costs, Jeremy says that it’s difficult to be precise on the actual costs vs benefits. “There are knock on benefits of having the grass as part of the rotation.” He estimates that actual reseeding costs about £260/ha (£105/acre) if the contractor cost is added. “This depends on the cultivation work required. If the ground is quite level and we direct drill into stubbles then there’s less ground work needed and costs would be lower.”
Jeremy lambs 200 Texel x mule ewes in February, then the rest – 300 mainly Mule crosses – in April. He looks for a lambing percentage between 1.65% and 1.75%, and if conditions are good, he can finish lambs in 12 to 14 weeks.
Lambs are sold to a local butcher or through Hailsham market, from May onwards. By the end of July, Jeremy hopes all but about 80 are sold from the February lambers, leaving him free to crack on with the cereal harvest.
Until recently they’ve relied on grassland that was part of an environmental scheme. “We used this for rearing and finishing lambs. The problem here was that the leys were old and unproductive. Stocking rate was only five to seven lambs per hectare. And ewes looked poor on this old grass, so we relied on bought-in feed to boost their condition pre-tupping.”
While some of the farm remains as permanent pasture, Jeremy is growing more ‘temporary’ three- or four-year leys and using a seed mixture – Sinclair McGill Early Start or Extra Lamb. This combines high proportions of tetraploid perennial ryegrasses, a white clover blend and, in the case of Extra Lamb, Timothy. “I look at the catalogue then run my ideas past the specialists at our local merchants Bodle Brothers. We’ve a good relationship with them and they’ll advise us on choice of mixture.”
The new regime is providing Jeremy with early grass growth and plenty for ewes and lambs early in the spring. “And it’s persistent – it keeps growing through spring and summer. Depending on the season, we may take a cut of haylage, particularly off first-year leys, if there’s too much grass. These mixtures are giving us some flexibility.”
What Jeremy’s really pleased with is the increased stocking rate that the more productive grassland offers. His stocking rate has leapt up to between 37 and 44 lambs and ewes per hectare. “Not only that, but they are reaching finishing weights of between 40kg and 44kg two weeks earlier, depending on the season, and they’re looking great. There’s no doubt that the higher protein and energy in this grass boosts their weight gain significantly.”
Jeremy opted to grow more grass when corn prices were low. “It seemed to make more sense – we could improve lamb productivity as opposed to struggling against falling corn prices and being open to the volatility of the cereal market. Grass became the third crop in our rotation.”
A decent autumn sees the grass start to grow and by late February Jeremy looks to graze the newly-sown leys.
“We’ve always spent time and money on grassland, but we’ve now moved it up a level and are treating it more as a crop. The extra reseeding has added to our costs, but these have been far exceeded by the feed value and yield of the grass.”
The farm still has around 120 hectares of permanent pasture – some of it is gorse land on the Downs – which is used for the ewes after weaning and before they move on to the roots.
Around 40 hectares of stubble turnips and forage rape are drilled after winter barley and fed to the ewes during the winter. This land is then drilled with spring barely.
“We’ve been using roots and rape for five years and this works well for the ewes. While ewes still get some concentrates in the lead up to lambing, we now feed far less. The combination of the root crops and better grass makes us far less reliant on bought in feeds.” Both, Jeremy believes, have a place in the rotation on this unit.
BODLES WINTER NURTITION EVENING!
We are very excited to announce that we are holding our first ever in store evening!
The evening will be packed full of information about Gut health and Nutrition in Equines. Including talks from Liam Gamble MA VetMB MRCVS, There will be time to shop with exclusive offers on the night.
Dengie have provided 10% off their entire range, you can take as many bags as you want, the perfect opportunity to get stocked up on Fibre!
Protexin will be offering a FREE Protexin Equine Premium baseball cap with all purchases & a FREE Quick Fix / Gut Lix with purchases over £20.
Tickets can be purchased in store or over the phone, there is a limited amount available and are being sold on a first come first served basis.
We look forward to you joining us on the night!
The Crystalyx Early Discount Rate offer is back and is effective until November 2nd!
This EDR discount applies to all full pallets delivered direct to farm during the EDR period.
Give our office a call for more information and prices - 01444 242131
Crystalyx works best when forage availability is good. Crystalyx stimulates the Rumen bugs to work a little harder and more efficiently to allow animals to perform better from a forage based diet.
But how does Crystalyx perform during periods of poor grass availability?
When grass availability is poor, such as the very dry conditions we have currently, the farmer has 2 options available to try to maintain animal performance:
He can feed straw or another conserved forage, as a forage supplement at grass
He can feed a little supplementary concentrate at grass
Currently in the UK grass availability is poor - and what grass is available is likely to be of low digestibility – offering Crystalyx alongside a supplementary forage or concentrate source will significantly and economically improve animal performance. And feeding Crystalyx will ensure that the rumen bugs are able to improve the digestibility and nutrient release from what little grass is available, so the stock make best possible use of it.
And perhaps equally important, keep growing animals and replacement heifers maintaining their target growth rates to achieve a suitable mating weight by 15 months of age, so they can be served to calve down at 24 month.
Feeding Crystalyx may not solve all the problems associated with poor grass availability – but it does take some licking!
We stock the entire range of Crystalyx at our Sotuhdown Store, this includes -
- Sheep Extra High Energy
- Sheep & Beef Standard
- Cattle High Mag
- Cattle Booster
- Calflyx Easy Breather
- Organyx Plus
- Organyx Garlic
Here are some Topical Topics to help keep you in touch…
Reduce annoying flies around your stock...
Crystalyx GARLYX – Developed for maximising animal performance at grass, and providing all the usual benefits of Crystalyx together with the natural high sulphur compounds present in Garlic that repel biting insects, and reduce seasonal irritation. We will be running offers on the 22.5kg buckets in our Southdown Store.
-Game Cover Seed-
We have a small surplus of game cover maize if anyone is looking for a good deal.
Ask us to quote for the rest of you cover crops & game feeds…..we may just surprise you.
The long awaited market improvement is happening at last. Please talk to us to consider the merits of selling for harvest & working out the best strategy to fit your business.
The early Nitrogen market drop is just around the corner. We think that this year will be a good time to buy early against a backdrop of bullish oil & grain prices.
EfficiNt28 foliar nitrogen comes into its own this time of year as the topsoil dries up & bagged nitrogen becomes more wasteful. Tank mix with T3 sprays on cereals.
Applications to maize crops in full canopy is way more productive than putting all the nutrition into the seedbed.
Silage & Haylage making is in full swing. We are stocking our tried & tested 1650m long, 5 layer bale wrap, full cover 3600m netwrap & twines from Hesston to HD.
We firmly believe that Ecosyl & Ecobale offer the most proven mode of action & enhanced animal performance.
-Dennes Wheat Trials Day-
Friday 22nd June, Stelling Minnis, Nr Ashford.
Andrew Bourne gives an extremely informative day, demonstrating the virtues of many varieties, fertiliser regimes & ag chem practices. It’s definitely worth the trip!
We are proud to launch our smart new website. Please let us know what you think of it.
You can also follow us on Twitter @BodleBros
-And here’s thought-
If you havnt yet seen the extensive range of brightly coloured buckets and yard equipment we have at our Southdown Store, pop in and have a look!
We have a whole Bucketorium dedicated to tools that will make your yard life easier. We also have smaller sized equipment for children. Remember you can gain points on our loyalty card when you buy from our Southdown Store!
Visit our social media pages for regular updates on what going on in store.
SPRING TURNOUT – THE NEED FOR MAGNESIUM
A great article written by Dr Cliff Lister
Although the annual rate of hypomagnesaemia/staggers/tetany (low blood magnesium) in UK dairy cows is less then 1%, one third of affected cows will die. These clinical cases are the tip of the iceberg; the rest of the group may also be sub-clinically affected. Hypomagnesaemia remains one of the very few veterinary emergencies on farms.
There are no hormonal mechanisms in the body to allow cows to regulate their blood magnesium levels. Maintaining blood magnesium levels is therefore entirely dependent on short term (daily) absorption of magnesium from the diet because the magnesium stored within the body is not readily mobilised by the cow.
Lactating cows (both beef and dairy) are particularly prone to hypomagnesaemia after turnout to spring grass because they have a high requirement for magnesium for milk production. The higher the milk yield, the higher the daily magnesium requirement.
Hypomagnesaemia can occur due to a low magnesium intake (due to low levels in grass, when grass alone is fed) or because the magnesium has a low availability (a poor efficiency of absorption) within the cow.
What affects the level and availability of magnesium in spring grass?
A low soil pH reduces magnesium uptake by the grass
High potassium levels in grass reduces magnesium availability in the rumen
Increased rumen pH after turnout reduces the solubility of magnesium, so less is absorbed by the cow
More rapid passage of food through the rumen reduces the time available for the absorption of magnesium.
There are 3 key criteria for an effective magnesium supplement:
The magnesium level in the formulation
Its palatability and therefore the intake realistically achievable – particularly important when the supplementary magnesium is to be fed free choice
The availability of the magnesium to the cow.
Crystalyx Cattle High-Mag contains 10.5% magnesium and is formulated with dehydrated molasses to ensure palatability even on lush spring grass. Independent research at Glasgow Vet School has confirmed the availability of the magnesium in Crystalyx Cattle High-Mag is superior to any other pure calcined magnesite source evaluated at Glasgow (so the magnesium is more efficiently absorbed by the cow).
And because Crystalyx Cattle High-Mag contains the full range of essential trace elements and vitamins often lacking in grass, the risk of other nutrient deficiencies is also reduced.
Crystalyx Cattle High-Mag is a palatable, cost effective self-help feed lick that can help to maintain normal blood magnesium levels this spring.
Remeber Bodle Bros ltd are the main agent for Crystalyx in Kent Surrey & Sussex, Give us a call today to discuss how we can help!