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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?
Amy will be on the DairyCo stand at the Dairy expo at Carlisle, come and say ‘Hello’!
10th,18th,19th March Amy will be speaking at a series of meetings hosted by RASE and NMR on monitoring and recording fertility. For details of the meetings please visit http://www.rase.org.uk/index.php/events
Amy will also be continuing to get out and about to visit some farms, she will be in the Melton Mowbray area.
Princes’s Dairy Initiative (Peak District – Tissington) – Workshop 3: Soils and forage. 20th March, 11.00 am. Farm meeting, venue to be confirmed.
Prince’s Rural Action Plan (Peak District – Buxton) – Mastitis – Best Practice Part 2. Date and venue to be confirmed.
If you are interested in getting involved with a discussion group, please phone Judith on 01335 390023 or 07891 556623.
Get more milk from grass – open meeting with John Roche, grazing specialist and ruminant nutritionist;;
Date: Monday 31st March
Time: 7.30 pm.
Venue: The Bluebell, Tissington, Ashbourne, Derbyshire (please book a place on 07891 556623).
Princes’s Dairy Initiative (Peak District – Tissington) – Workshop 4: Cattle Health – an overview of lameness, mastitis, infectious diseases and fertility.
Date: Wednesday 7th May
Venue to be confirmed.
What's been happening?
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.
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.
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.