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Introducing CalFix® to B&W Feeds – reduce the risk of milk fever!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

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Introducing CalFix®…the nutritional way to reduce the risk of milk fever

CalFix® is a new and unique dietetic feed technology for dry cows from Trouw Nutrition GB and  offers an innovative way to reduce the risk of clinical and subclinical milk fever while also promoting dry matter intake immediately after calving.  It is being launched following extensive research and is now available through B&W Feeds to be incorporated into a mill and mix ration.

“At calving, cows experience a high spike in demand for calcium at a time when feed intakes are reduced,” explains Adam Clay, Ruminant Manager at Trouw Nutrition GB.  “Unable to meet the demand nutritionally, the cow has to mobilise body reserves.  However, this adaptation process can take several days to reach full efficiency during which time the cow will be deficient in calcium and at risk of milk fever unless she is properly prepared in the transition period.”

Calfix Graph 1 B&WHe comments that published UK research shows that clinical milk fever typically affects 7-10% of cows with up to 60% of cows having sub-clinical symptoms.  Each clinical case has an estimated direct cost of over £300, but cows with milk fever are more prone to other metabolic problems and increased negative energy balance, so improving calcium metabolism will have a substantial productivity and economic benefit.

“Despite our best endeavours to restrict calcium supply, most transition diets typically contain too much calcium.  Trials show that CalFix® effectively reduces the available calcium in the dry cow diet Calfix Graph 2 B&Wand thereby reduces blood calcium levels,” says Adam.  “CalFix® triggers an earlier onset of the calcium adaptation process so that when cows calve and face the spike in demand they are already utilising calcium efficiently, meaning the risk of hypocalcaemia, both as clinical and subclinical milk fever, is reduced.”

Of critical importance, and unlike other dry cow strategies, the research showed that cows fed CalFix® also had increased dry matter intakes immediately post-calving which helps to restore positive energy balance in early lactation, enabling healthy milk production and return to service.

Calfix B&W  Mill & Mill Dry Cow RationCalFix® should be fed in the last three weeks of the dry period (it should not be fed to lactating cows).  A typical on farm dry cow mix is seen to the left.  It should be fed alongside other forages and minerals to supply a balanced transition diet for dairy cows.   This may be a combination of straw, maize and grass silage.  Let us know what you have and we will come up with a feeding plan.


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The Benefits Of Forage Analysis

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by

B&W Forage AnalysisThere is no way of knowing the true feeding value of forage without having it analysed. Something that looks and smells good may be poor nutritionally and vice versa – you may have managed to make a ‘silk purse out of a sow’s ear’!

For the majority of systems forage makes up a large (or the largest) proportion of the ration; therefore if not analysed a big part of the diet is an unknown.

Once the forage is analysed our nutritionist can formulate a blend tailored around the results to ensure your livestock are fed a balanced ration.

One of the many advantages of home-mixing is that you can customise the blend around you rather than having to find an off the shelf blend to suit your requirements.

Cost savings could also be made– e.g., forage may be higher in protein than assumed thereby reducing required inclusion level of costly protein sources such as soya.

Additionally, total forage stock requirements for the winter can be calculated more accurately– better to know now if you will be short on forage than later!!

Mineral analysis of forage is also useful tool for:

  • Mineral profiles differ between cereal and grass silage
  • Mineral levels vary depending on location, soil types, and weather
  • An imbalance in the minerals in the forage can have serious consequences – for example, a too high a ratio of potassium: calcium can be a risk factor for hypocalcaemia.

Sampling is quick & easy:

  • One of our representatives can come out and take a sample
  • Or sample packs can be sent
  • Results are usually back within the week 





Optimise your herd’s performance this summer with the the right mineral

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by

Call for your free “mineral check”…

The correct balance of minerals, trace elements and vitamins is essential for optimum health and performance in ruminant rations.  Accurate mineral nutrition can improve health, welfare and profits.

Costly problems can result from both deficiencies and excesses.  Symptoms of clinical deficiencies are easy to spot – for example milk fever, staggers and retained foetal membranes.  Sub-clinical deficiencies may not be noticed, and are often considered as normal, although they will be draining profits due to reduced milk yield, slower growth or poorer fertility.

If you are unsure of what you require, let us have a look at your whole ration and balance your mineral requirements accordingly.  We can make bespoke mineral premixes in batches as small as 250kg.  Call our office on 01258 830100 for further details.

B&W Launch Moist Maize Product at SW Winter Fair at Sedgemoor

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by


B&W Mega MaizeWe were at the South West Winter Fair at Sedgemoor Auction Centre yesterday.  It was a busy day and we saw a lot of farmers who were busy enjoying the excellent hospitality and convivial atmosphere.  The animals on show were of an excellent standard and fetched good prices.  If you wanted to pick up an early Christmas turkey there were plenty to choose from at very reasonable prices too!


We took the opportunity to launch our  new Mega Maize product – Mega Maize.  It is an exclusive and unique product to us in the UK.  Over the years, many customers have asked us for an alternative to the ground imported maize which is incredibly dusty.  So, now we have it!  Mega Maize is a moist, flaked, very palatable, high energy feed (14.2ME).  It is treated with Mega Corn preservative to lock in freshness and feed value preventing mould growth and mycotoxin development.  And it is dust free!!

We gave out a lot of samples yesterday – if you would like one please call or email.  Prices are incredibly competitive and we can deliver in bulk or totes.

SW Winter Fair Sheep AuctionSW Winter Fair B&W Trade StandSW Winter Fair TurkeyMega Maize Launch at SW Winter Fair

BFREPA Conference 2013 – Savings of up to £30 per tonne!

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by


On 25th November, we spent an informative day at the British Free Range Egg Producers Association Conference held at The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.  We spoke to a good number of producers; many of whom were surprised at the savings that can be made with on farming mixing.  Latest prices show that savings up to £30 per tonne can be acheived; often producers also find that they  get a better quality feed.  We were able to reassure them that we are well versed with assisting with quality scheme audits as well as help with sourcing raw materials if required.  The simplicity of using just 5 high quality raw materials (wheat, HiPro Soya, Limestone, Soya Oil and Mineral Premix)  was also seen as important factor in making the whole process easy and effective.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like example costings and diets.

Add Urea For A Protein Boost

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by

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 With spot protein prices still at very high levels, one of our customers wanted to know what other options were available to him.  A good proportion of dairy herds are now feeding urea in some form so this seemed the obvious choice.  It is most useful for maize based diets or where rumen degradable protein is low in a diet.  We would normally go up to a maximum of 150g/head/day, lower for Jersey cattle which is what the particular customer has.  It is a very cost effective way of getting extra rumen degradable protein into the herd.  We can bring urea bags in 25kg bags with our mill and mix lorries so you can have as much or as little as you require.  It is also available in 1 tonne drops or by the bag ex yard.  If you would like some example diets showing the potential cost savings with urea in diets, please contact me at