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The GLW Feeds 2021 calendar competition is now open for entries!

We had a fantastic response to our calendar photography competition last year, and we never tire of looking through your impressive farming snaps. For our 2021 calendar we’re looking for pictures for each month that really tell a story about your life on the farm. It could be an inspiring shot of your local landscape, a moment that made you proud, or a hilarious shot of your cheekiest animals. Let your imagination run wild and join in the fun! You can send in as many entries as you like.

How to enter

Send your best shots to by 31st August 2020. Please make sure that photos are in landscape format and use the HD setting on your smartphone or camera where possible. Our judges will cast an expert eye over the entries to choose photographs that capture the fantastic work that our farmers do across the UK. No matter how big or small your farm, you’re invited to take part and show off your animals and landscape in all their glory.

12 finalists will see their photographs in print in next year’s calendar and there’s a canvas of the winning photo on offer. So get snapping – we’ll share some of our favourites on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll announce the winners later this year. Good luck!

Look out for each other – please observe 2-metre social distancing when you’re out and about.

Let’s Go Paperless

We remain committed to updating our COVID-19 processes to keep our staff and customers safe.

In line with the current social distancing guidelines, we’re encouraging all our customers to make the switch to paperless invoices. Handling paperwork has been highlighted as a potential risk for spreading infection and we want to make sure that we’re proactive with all the safeguarding measures available to us.

Going paperless will help us to minimise risk to you and our frontline staff, and we’ll be helping the environment too. In short, it’s better for the planet and our people.

Make the switch today

Just drop us a line from your preferred email address with the subject ‘Go paperless’. Please include your account number so we can match paperless invoicing to the correct account – and we’ll take it from there.

Click here to get in touch.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

Silage 2020 preparation: building a resilient dairy business

With the ongoing fluctuation of milk prices in the marketplace, it’s essential now more than ever to look at ways to build more resilience for your dairy business. As we look ahead to silage 2020 preparation, how can we make the most of the feeds grown on your farm, and optimise the silage making process to lower any negative impact on your business?

We’ve put together a helpful guide looking at the latest industry insight into dairy feed and productivity, along with three steps to effective silage preparation. If you need any further support with your grassland management, we’ll be happy to help.

Download our silage 2020 preparation guide here.

GLW Feeds Mg supplement

Importance of Magnesium at Grazing

Magnesium (Mg) is a key macro-nutrient in dairy cow diets. It’s essential for bone growth and maintenance, maintaining the function of the nervous system, and helps with fibre digestion in the rumen. Mg is predominantly stored in the bones and so is not readily available to the cow, therefore a sufficient daily supply of Mg is required for absorption in the rumen.

There are some factors which can decrease Mg absorption including large supplies of rumen degradable protein (RDP), high levels of Potassium (K) and a high rumen pH.

Why is a magnesium supplement important in the spring?

In fresh spring grass, Mg uptake is usually low but does increase throughout the season. At the same time, K levels are high therefore supplying high levels of K in the diets of grazing cattle. The combination of high dietary levels of K and high RDP from the rapidly growing spring grass can cause Mg deficiency and grass tetany – otherwise known as grass staggers.

We highly recommend supplementing your dairy cow diet with Mg at this time of year. Most commonly this is done by adding Mg to your compound feed, mineral supplements, or the water supply. It’s important to bear in mind the availability of Mg in the different supplements as this can vary considerably.

How much Magnesium do cows need per day?(AHDB, 2012)

How can we help?

At GLW Feeds all our compound feeds are formulated to include 0.6-0.7% Mg throughout the spring and summer. A feed rate of 8kg of dairy cake per cow per day will supply 48g – 56g of Mg. Additional Mg can be added for lower feed rates, please speak to your Account Manager or call the office on 01509 501801 if you require any further advice.



The overall aim of this guidance is to ensure that animal feed deliveries to farms are maintained through the current coronavirus situation.

With care we can ensure deliveries are maintained whilst taking steps to minimise the risk factors for virus spread. The critical factor is a well-functioning supply chain which, during this difficult time, will be achieved with patience and respect for each business partner and person.

This information has been prepared by AIC, taking into consideration the latest information available from AHDB and official sources, including Public Health England.

If is important to stress that all normal farm Health and Safety procedures should continue to be followed. This Covid-19 guidance is over and above the normal procedures.

It is also important to stress that with schools closed, there is an increased likelihood of children on farm so all drivers need to remain especially vigilant.


Key points for producers expecting delivery are as follows:

  • Make supplier aware pre-delivery if any individual at site is self-isolating or showing symptoms of Coronavirus infection.
  • Provide plenty of lead time for orders.
  • Ensure delivery instructions are clear and available pre-delivery so that the driver is aware on arrival.
  • Deliveries to farm: Avoid direct contact with driver of vehicle delivering to farm, maintaining 2m separation at all times with any other personnel.
  • Ensure driver can wash or sanitise their hands as they enter and leave site, and/or wear appropriate gloves, and PPE where necessary.
  • Ensure that all surfaces (e.g. bulk bin connection points) that may be shared by entrants onto the farm are cleaned and disinfected before and after use.
  • Consider biosecurity protocols such as cleaning any types of equipment which may be touched by the driver.
  • Ensure there are handwashing facilities available, which should be separated from those facilities used by site personnel. If this cannot be achieved, then they must be able to be accessed by the driver alone or with a 2m separation from any other person or if carried, the driver may choose to use their own sanitisers.
  • Please be aware that the driver may ask you for an alternative method of proof of delivery to avoid handling paper and pen.
It’s business as usual for GLW Feeds

In light of the current Coronavirus developments here in the UK, we understand you may be feeling concerned about any potential impact on your feed supplies. We know how important the welfare of your animals is and the necessity of keeping production flowing smoothly. We’re 100% committed to supplying you at this time.
We’ll continue to manufacture and deliver feed across our customer base
We’re streamlining our bag offering to make sure that all our customers are catered for and we’ll be zoning our delivery areas to make the best, most efficient use of our fleet.

We’re doing everything in our power to safeguard our hardworking staff and loyal customers.

Following the latest government advice, and to minimise any risk to our staff, their families and customers we are:

  • Segregating our operations and office functions
  • Splitting departments into teams and working remotely where possible
  • Putting in place extra-stringent hygiene measures for hand washing and sanitising work areas
  • Not sending our account managers to your farm unless it’s completely necessary
  • Asking delivery drivers to maintain social distancing in the interest of everyone’s health and wellbeing.

Raw materials supply chain – good to know:

We’re aware that there has been some concern around the ability of the feed industry to maintain the supply of raw materials in the current climate. Please be assured that we are making contingency plans, checking supplies, and, through our trade organisation, AIC, lobbying both the UK and devolved governments to make sure we are treated as an essential service through this period. If we hit a snag with any of our ingredients from overseas, we have all the necessary measures in place to adapt and reformulate, while maintaining the quality and nutritional value of our feeds. We will of course keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have questions, concerns or an immediate feed requirement, we’ll be happy to help.

Click on the following link to get in touch.

We’re taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

On 13 June 2020, a group of eight intrepid GLW Feeds staff members will join forces with our suppliers at DSM to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks. It involves climbing Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres) in less than 12 hours.

The challenge will raise vital funds for a charity close to our hearts, Diabetes UK. Many of the team have friends and family members affected by Diabetes and they’ve set an ambitious fundraising target of over £3000 to support the cause.

The Team

Currently dusting off their walking boots, are:

Caroline Athey
Katie Stephens
Beth Litherland
Geoff Homewood
Lyn Smith
Sharon Evans
Graeme Ball
John Taylor
Louis White

And they’ll be joined by DSM’s:

Richard Slade
Alec Perrott
Tommy McGuckian
Debra Holliday
And Sarah Davies

Challenge organiser Beth says,

“I’m getting involved to challenge myself physically and raise lots of money for a very worthy cause, Diabetes UK and smash our fundraising target.

I’m looking forward to the experience with my colleagues. It’s good to do something challenging together outside of work to boost that team spirit! I’m also looking forward to feeling proud of myself and my team when we reach the finish point.”

We wish Beth and all the Three Peaks Team enormous luck. You can follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’d like to support the challenge with a small donation, please do so via the following link.

Join us for the NSA Eastern Region Winter Fair

On Friday 28 February, we’ll be heading to Melton Mowbray Market, for the 5th National Sheep Association (NSA)Eastern Region Winter Fair.

An unmissable day for anyone in the region working in sheep production, the event offers NSA seminars, demonstrations, trade stands and much more. It’s a great chance to meet fellow farmers and talk to the experts – including us!

We’ll be on hand to help with your sheep and lamb feed, nutrition and management and we’re really looking forward to meeting customers old and new. You’ll find us at stand 26.

For more details about the event head over to the NSA website.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A luxury pork pie, some locally produced cheese and chutney, and a Great British turkey.

Wait, what? That’s not how the carol goes. What happened to the lords a-leaping?

You’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve been at the festive fizz. But what we’re actually talking about are the wonderful prizes in our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway competition which kicks off this Sunday 1 December.

Getting into the true spirit of giving and sharing, we’re giving one lucky entrant the chance to win a selection of the UK’s finest produce, including:

  • Luxury pork pie, cheese and chutney – courtesy of ‘Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe’ Dickinson and Morris, Melton Mowbray
  • Free-range, premium bronze turkey, ‘exceptionally juicy, tender and tasty’ from Hart’s Traditional Turkeys, Gloucestershire.

And the best news is, that all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is head over to our Facebook page, and like and share all 12 competition posts.

We’ll select the winner at random on Friday 13 December and you’ll have your goodies delivered ahead of the special day.

So good luck everyone. Let the festive fun commence!

You can find our Facebook page here.

P.S. While we’re on the subject of Christmas… Remember that the last day to order your feed is 13 December. Place your order early, to guarantee delivery before the holidays. Order your feed here.

T&Cs: Our 12 Days of Christmas competition is open to customers and members of the public only. GLW Feeds employees are welcome to take part, but won’t be eligible to win the prize. Bah Humbug! Entrants – a reminder that you must like and share all 12 posts to be in with a chance of winning. Best of luck.

Driving success for GLW Feeds sustainability

We’re proud to announce that our delivery driver, Colin Langley, has been placed in the top 10% of drivers using the Scania truck telematics system, promoting economic and safe driving when we’re out on the road. With 30,000 drivers using the system, this is a brilliant achievement.

Colin has worked for GLW Feeds for 18 years, originally working on presses, producing feed at Burton on Trent, before moving into driving our delivery trucks. He’s now in his 15th year as a professional HGV driver.

He’s pioneered the use of the Scania connected services system, consistently earning A-grade scores whilst driving his mighty S500 vehicle. The system, which uses an app on Colin’s smartphone, allows him to monitor anticipation, coasting, MPG and idle-time, to improve efficiency and sustainability.

Scania dealership – Keltruck Limited – picks up the full story over on their website.

Click here to read the full article.

Quality sheep feed. Impressive results.

Congratulations to our valued customers at Warborough Farm, Oxfordshire, who’ve hit the headlines with fantastic results for their high yield of lambs.

Farm owner Tony Good, and head shepherd David Barber spoke to Farmers Weekly recently, reporting that their early-lambing flock is achieving feed conversion rates of 2.5:1 and is selling 1.92 lambs per ewe. This is the result of a high-output system they’ve devised, that finishes December-born lambs off with our concentrate feed, to hit the Easter market.

It’s rewarding to hear that we’ve played a part in a customer’s success story. Our quality sheep feeds are carefully formulated incorporating the latest nutritional knowledge to maximise the potential of modern rearing and finishing systems, and it’s great to read about these impressive results.

We wish Tony and David continued success in the new year.

To read the full story, visit the Farmers Weekly article here.

GLW Joins the 1000 Tonne Club!

We reached an exciting milestone last week. We smashed our target of manufacturing over 1000 tonnes of feed in one 24-hour period. This is a huge achievement during our multi-million-pound upgrade that has just completed Stage 1.

We’re very proud of the GLW Feeds team. We credit our production and engineering staff, who’ve managed to get the new machinery going so well. It’s also a result of the hard work of all the staff who are involved in sales, working in partnership with our customers to make sure that we exceed their expectations.

We also give thanks to our staff in purchasing and planning who manage the raw materials requirements, our customer services department who take and process all our orders, and very importantly, our transport department, for making sure our fleet of drivers deliver our products to our customers when they’re needed.

We’re extremely proud of every single person within GLW Feeds Ltd, working together to provide feed of the highest quality and exceptional industry-leading service.

Talking turkey? Back British farming this Christmas

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to plans for the festive season – and most importantly, what we’ll be having for Christmas dinner. For us, turkey is up there with the best. And the best, of course, is British.

We have the pleasure of working with turkey farmers across the country and see first hand the care and hard work that it takes to raise these birds successfully. Our carefully formulated feed and nutrition help farmers to raise turkeys of the highest quality, and the perfect size and weight for the Christmas table.

#BuyMyTurkey Day 2019

To celebrate this outstanding British product, we’re supporting #BuyMyTurkey day on 6 December 2019. It’s an initiative by the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) to encourage consumers to look closer to home for the very best Christmas turkeys. It’s a campaign we fully support. After all, shopping locally is better for the environment, helps to support local farming businesses, and provides you with a great tasting bird that’s reared to the highest standards.

Last year, the #BuyMyTurkey social media campaign saw more than 1.7k tweets and 1.2K retweets pave the way for the hashtag to reach 7.7m Twitter users on its social media launch.

So this is a call to arms (or wings)

To all our Great British poultry feed customers. Let’s gobble up the competition and spread the word about our amazing produce. Get posting on social media with your photos and messages with the hashtag #BuyMyTurkey and let’s make this a Christmas to remember.

Join us in Staffordshire for the English Winter Fair

We’ll be joining around 6000 visitors at the Staffordshire County Showground on 16 and 17 November 2019 for the annual English Winter Fair.

A packed two-day schedule will see the country’s leading livestock farmers, butchers and food producers in action. There’s a fantastic lineup this year with livestock and poultry classes, the National Pedigree Calf Show, Christmas Fair, and farm machinery displays for visitors to enjoy.
We’re looking forward to meeting customers old and new. You’ll find us at Stand 11-Bingley Hall, where the GLW Feeds team will be on hand to answer any questions about your livestock and poultry feed and nutrition. See you there!
For more information about the event, click here.
See you at UK Dairy Day 2019?

We hope you can join us at UK Dairy Day in Shropshire on 11th September. It’s a dedicated annual one-day event for the dairy industry held at the International Centre in Telford. There’s a great line-up this year, including:

• Trade stands featuring UK, European and international businesses
• Cattle show
• FREE entry, Wi-Fi and car parking
• Seminars
• Practical demonstrations
• Dedicated zones to share knowledge
• Champions dinner and awards
You’ll find us at stand E13 where the GLW Feeds team will be on hand to meet customers old and new, and help you plan your dairy feed and nutrition for the busy winter season ahead. See you there!
For more information about the event, click here.
Join us at the 105th Annual Ashby Show

We’re looking forward to the Ashby Show on Sunday 14th July. We’ll be there to celebrate the best of UK farming.

It’s a great family day out with lots of food and fun activities including shopping, kids entertainment, show jumping, a dog show, vintage tractors and cars and show-stopping performances in the main ring from Jason Smyth Quad Bikes and Clive Shaw Trucking. What’s not to love? Grab your sun hats and come along!

Book your early bird tickets online to save you money and queuing time.

FREE Turkey Newsletter to download

If you haven’t already received a copy of our Turkey Newsletter you can download it here.
In this issue we cover…

• Nutrition and management to achieve the best results
• The market update
• An update on our mill development
• Anticoccidials – What you need to know
• Turkey diet range & feeding guide update

Simply click on this link to download the PDF

Could you be the star of our 2020 calendar?

The GLW Feeds 2020 calendar competition is now open for entries!

We’re looking for pictures for each month, that capture the essence of your farm and working life. Charismatic cows, perky pigs and beautiful shots of the UK countryside are all welcome. Or maybe it’s your people that you’d like to showcase? Let your imagination run wild, get creative and join in the fun. You can send in as many entries as you like.

To enter, send your best shots to by 31stAugust 2019. Please make sure that photos are in landscape format and use the HD setting on your smartphone or camera, where possible. Our judges will cast a discerning eye over the entries to choose photographs that capture the fantastic work that our farmers do across the UK. No matter how big or small your farm, we encourage you to take part and show off your animals and landscape in all their glory.

12 finalists will see their photographs in print in next year’s calendar and there is a canvas of the winning photo on offer. So get snapping – we’ll share some of our favourites on Twitter and Facebook. We’ll announce the winners later this year. Good luck!

FREE Newsletter to download

Company Newsletter for GLW Feeds 2019 A4 Grab the opportunity to download a copy of our latest GLW Company Newsletter; in this issue discover…

  • How phase 1 of the mill expansion is taking shape and recent staff changes
  • Tips on feeding your Ewes for a successful lambing season
  • 2018 customer achievements
  • A great recipe
  • 2019 Dates for the diary

Simply click on this link to download the newsletter as a PDF

Sad news at GLW

Sad news at GLW

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that our colleague Nick Simons passed away on the 21st March 2018. Nick had worked with GLW Feeds as our Poultry Specialist since 2009, and more latterly had been working on a part time basis supporting Debra and Katie in the Poultry Team.

Nick was greatly respected within the poultry industry, having previously been a Director at Bernard Matthews and working with other large integrated producers. He came to GLW Feeds to help establish and grow our poultry business, which he did so very successfully, including developing our heat-treated offering and nurturing our customer relationships.

In his spare time Nick was a keen fly fisherman, stamp collector and photographer in-between his travels. We will miss his dry wit and sense of humour as well as his ability to keep us in line and ‘tell it as it is’!

Nick leaves behind his wife Poppy, Daughter Amy and Son Ben and their respective families. Our thoughts, wishes and condolences are with them at this time.

FREE Company News Letter

Grab the opportunity to download a FREE copy of our new newsletter – the GLW Digest. In this issue, you’ll discover…

  • Tips to ensure your Lambing season is as profitable as possible
  • A new product to increase the genetic performance of your herd
  • Successful diet formula for the Winter season
  • How whole wheat grain blended feed will benefit your turkeys
  • The benefit of moving away from using antibiotics in livestock
  • How GLW have plans to grow post-Brexit.

Simply click on this link to download the newsletter as a PDF

NEW Turkey Newsletter available!

GLW Feeds have issued their NEW Traditional Farm Fresh Turkey Newsletter for 2017.

Packed with useful information and news, including; a detailed Focus on Digestibility, an overview of the whole Poultry Xperience, analysis of using Insoluable Grits for your birds, and an up to date Diet Summary Table.

Simply click on this link to download the newsletter as a PDF

GLW raise £££’s for CHILDREN IN NEED

GLW raise £££’s for CHILDREN IN NEED

GLW Feeds raised a total of £612.13 for Children In Need 2015.

The fund raising started in Spring with an Easter Bake off! Various events throughout the year helped to raise money. Beef Stew Lunch, Pulled Pork Cobs (Pork kindly donated by our customer Packington Pork) Curry Lunch.

Staff also took part in dressing up on Children In Need with a cake sale.. Staff also got competitive by entering a photograph competition. Well done and thank you to GLW staff for their support.

Let’s see how we get on in 2016!

GLW’s cakes raise money for Macmillan!

GLW’s cakes raise money for Macmillan!

GLW Feeds raised a total of £460.80 for Macmillan Cancer Support Have your cake and eat it campaign. The event recently took place between 23rd and 25th September 2015.

A whole range of cakes were sold each day and served with tea and coffee. GLW staff entered a GLW Bake Off-style competition which proved very entertaining and quite competitive too, there was also a game of “Spot the Cake” and a Raffle.

Well done to everyone at GLW-Feeds for their support!

NEW Cyclone System, NEW Volvo Lorry, NEW Trailer

NEW Cyclone System, NEW Volvo Lorry, NEW Trailer

GLW has purchased a new cyclone system along with a trailer and Volvo (Tridem) in order to carry this state of the art system on the back of them.

The system which is demountable offers our customers a suck out service.

GLW has also purchased another Volvo Tridem 8 wheeler & a tri axle trailer, this trailer has retractable legs at the rear to help our drivers keep the trailer level when tipping feed on uneven ground maintaining stability.

Top-Gun Game Feeds are soaring…

Top-Gun Game Feeds are soaring…

We have just come to the end of our 8th year manufacturing our range of Top-Gun Game Feeds. We are delighted that we have had our busiest ever season, having seen 10% growth over last year.

We would like to thank you, our customers for all your custom and support and hope that you enjoy a good shooting season!

Congratulations to Mark Moore for receiving a Cream Award…


Congratulations to Mark Moore for receiving a Cream Award…

Congratulations to Mark Moore for receiving a Cream Award on behalf of Whiteoaks Farming.The Jersey herd received this award for High Fertility thanks to Mark’s management. Well done!