Sheep Feeds

Latest News

Duffields feature on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today Programme May 16, 2018

 

Duffields South West Region were delighted to be asked by the BBC to take part in a recent Radio 4 Farming Today programme

The programme was about the processes involved in animal feed milling .The BBC visited Duffields Pen Mill site at Yeovil to see at first hand the operation of a modern animal feed mill

They toured the mill and followed the process from feed formulation,raw material procurement,feed manufacture ,quality control procedures and delivery

There were contributions by Wes Larner Mill Production Manager,Martyn Raper General Manager,Clare Meadows Raw Material Buyer and Mark Partridge Feed Formulator and Cattle Specialist

To listen to the broadcast use the link below

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b1p5tn

Pictured above left to right

Martyn Raper

Wes Larner

Charlotte Smith of BBC Radio 4

Mark Partridge

Hannah Reed

Clare Meadows

 

 

 

 


Christmas and New Year feed deliveries November 20, 2017

We will close for Christmas at 4 pm Friday 22nd December and reopen at 8.30 am on Wednesday 27th December
For New Year we will close at 4 pm on Friday 29th December and reopen at 8.30 am on Tuesday 2nd January

For all PRE CHRISTMAS deliveries Please order by MONDAY 4TH DECEMBER

For deliveries on Wednesday 27th-Friday 29th December please order by MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER
For deliveries on or just after 2nd January please order by MONDAY 18TH DECEMBER

We wish all our customers a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year


Newly sown Duffields Clamp Buster mix gets off to a flying start! October 12, 2017

Easton College have sown 10 acres of Duffields Clamp Buster Grass seed Mix this Autumn.
The 3 year mix contains hybrid diploid and tetraploid ryegrasses to give high yields of quality forage.
The ley was sown on 1st September,and the pictures taken on 12th October show it has got off to a great start.
Andrew Vernon the college Farm Manager,is now looking to graze the ley with sheep before winter.
This will help tillering firm the seed bed


Robert Garner-Godwick Turkeys wins Field To Fork Prize September 20, 2017

Duffields turkey feed customer Robert Garner has won the Field To Fork category of the 2017 EDP Food and Drink Awards

Roberts free range turkeys are able to roam free in paddocks and are bedded on straw.They are traditionally reared to the highest welfare standards and prepared for the table for maximum quality and flavour.
Turkeys have been reared at the farm since the 1960’s and this has grown steadily to today around 6000 birds are reared on the farm at Godwick Hall Norfolk.
Roberts turkeys are supplied to the Royal Estate .
They are also supplied to local butchers and directly to the public


Game feed and ruminants.An important message to customers August 26, 2016

Gamebird feed and ruminants: Advice from the VMD and APHA

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has been notified that there have been some concerns recently over livestock having access to game feed. As a result officials at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) are trying to raise awareness of the dangers concerned.

This information, put together by the APHA, is being published in the Agency’s surveillance highlights report and it is understood that something similar is shortly to be put in the Veterinary Record surveillance report.

The VMD has asked AIC to circulate this information to alert members so that you can, in turn, inform farmers of the risks.

Gamebird feed and ruminants: Two incidents in quick succession have highlighted risks to ruminants from gamebird feed. One incident involved medicated partridge feed being fed on moorland being co-grazed by sheep; the second involved medicated pheasant feed to which beef cows and calves had access.  Unintended exposure to medicated feed is bad practice and unacceptable for many environmental and animal related reasons.  These include:-

  • Clinical disease and death due to unregulated access to grain based feed. This could potentially cause grain overload and clostridial disease.
  • Clinical disease and death due to unregulated access to feed medicated with lasalocid causing ionophore toxicity.
  • Unintended exposure of ruminants to medications in feed which were not intended to be fed to ruminants.  This requires a prolonged withdrawal period to be set and observed.
  • Exposure of ruminants to gamebird feed which contains fish protein and as such is a breach of the Animal by-Products Regulations.
  • Failure to follow guidance recommendations for the use of medicated feed including those associated with antimicrobial resistance.

The clinical signs of ionophore toxicity in ruminants include sudden death, diarrhoea, respiratory signs and recumbency, and pathological findings include focal cardiomyopathy, skeletal muscle necrosis and pulmonary oedema.

Colleagues are advised to be alert to the problem at this time of year and to actively address the potential food chain issues by preventing further access.  Information regarding what is in the feed is required.  Please report suspected incidents to APHA at an early stage.