Midlands

Meet the team in your area



Introducing the team in your area

Every member of the DairyCo extension team has a passion for farming and enjoys helping dairy farmers get the most from their levy.

Our team all have farming and agricultural experience to help deliver best practice techniques in a clear and practical way, for example the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan and the DairyCo Mobility Score.


What's coming up?

Judith Stafford

Princes’s Dairy Initiative (Peak District – Tissington) – Workshop 4: Cattle Health – an overview of lameness, mastitis, infectious diseases and fertility.

Date: Wednesday 7th May

Time: 11.00am

Venue to be confirmed.

NICOLA FAIR

If  you would like to book a place please let me know on 07854 509076 or nicola.fair@dairyco.ahdb.org.uk

HUGH BLACK

With the heavy rainfall hopefully over and several farms struggling with slurry capacity I’m considering running some “Think before you dig” meetings looking at what slurry capacity is required and discussing various options to increase capacity ranging from keeping rainwater out of lagoons to building a hole in the ground away from the buildings closer to where slurry is needed. There may be a few grants available to assist with this, depending on where you farm. If you think this is a good idea and would like to host a meeting or would like a bit more information please contact me, Dairyco have a publication on cost effective slurry storage which can be downloaded from our web site.

Dairyco, EBLEX and BGS will be sharing a stand at the Grassland and Muck show on the 21st and 22nd of May at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, we look forward to meeting you. Please click here for more information

Come and visit us on the 29th of May at the NMR/ RABDF Gold Cup day hosted by the Higgins family, Wilderley Hall Farm, Shrewsbury, SY5 8DF.Booking is essential, please Click the link here to book.

 

 

 

 

What's been happening?

Judith Stafford

Heifer Rearing

In February the Prince’s Rural Action Plan (Peak District – Buxton) group met on farm in Derbyshire to discuss heifer rearing. The discussion was led by Ainsley Baker of Kite Consulting who considered aspects of good practice from birth to first calving. Key take home messages from the meeting included getting colostrum management right, maximising pre-weaning growth, and making sure you monitor the size of bulling heifers so you don’t leave it too late to start serving.

Mobility/Lameness

Earlier in February, a group of farming apprentices on the DART scheme came together in Derbyshire to find out more about lameness and mobility in dairy cows. DairyCo extension officer Nicky Fair discussed different types of hoof lesion and went on to look at the importance of prevention and early treatment. Finally she introduced the group to mobility scoring and explained its vital role in spotting problems and dealing with them early. After their training, group members took part in a mobility scoring quiz which allowed them to test their new skills. Next the group looked around the host farm where Nicky talked them through many of the features of housing that have a direct impact on foot health. The afternoon session consisted of a hoof trimming demonstration by James Dixon of Westpoint Veterinary Group (Ashbourne)  who was able to show the group the best procedure for a routine trim as well as how to deal with sole ulcers and white line disease.

Amy Fawcett

During February Amy hosted 2 open meetings in Skipton and Huddersfield. The meetings were on Housing, particularly focused around calves and youngstock. We had very good turn outs at both.

She also hosted a meeting on Staff management and motivating change in Whatton, Nottinghamshire. The speaker at the meeting was Heather Wildman and attendees went home with some very useful tips and ideas.

Amy also attended a vet student weekend at Bristol Veterinary school, her and a colleague were promoting DairyCo products and services and also ran a workshop for students on the DairyCo Mastitis Control plan.

HUGH BLACK

We held an AHDB/RDPE skills funded nutrition course delivered by Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy, the course was on farm hosted by Henry Lewis near Bromyard and was spread over 5 days from December to March with 12 people attending, this was well received by the course delegates, if there’s sufficient interest we would consider running another course subject to funding availability. The course content ranged from the practical aspects quality forage production, body condition scoring, manure assessing etc. to rationing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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