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Our team aim to give our UK dairy farmers a voice in our open meetings providing farmers with better value from levy. Learning about different farmer experiences could help your farm become more efficient.
We help by providing a platform to assist farmers on aspects of farming they may find difficult to find out about. Our 'milking the grant system' open meetings have been put together to give awareness to access grants that are available to dairy farmers.
What's coming up?
- 26 November - Practitioners mobility day
Mobility Training Practitioners day – for more information please contact Kate Cross.
- 28 November - Slurry Tour
10.30 – 3.00 Slurry tour- if you are thinking of updating your storage this is for you!
Starting at Ian Forsters Farm, Weary Hall Styal near Wigton we’ll look at the costs and decisions behind his concrete tower.
Then onto the Craggs Tea rooms to discuss capacities with Mark Tripney and finally on to the lined lagoon of Mr Nicholson at Isel.
For more information please call me on the number below, in conjunction with Catchment Sensitive Farming
28 November - Mobility and cow tracks
Evening meeting – Tufton Arms Appleby 7.30 mobility scoring and cow tracks in association with Tethera Vets
- November Healthy Feet
Amy will be working with vet practices in Leicestershire to promote the DairyCo Healthy feet programme.
- Farmer Visiting
Amy Fawcett will be continuing farm visits in Leicestershire to get to know some more farmers and find out what DairyCo can do for you.
If you have any topics or suggestions for meetings throughout the winter, please give her a call!
Andrew Melling Vets discussion group
The Andrew Melling vet group will be meeting on 2 December 2013 and will be joined by Andy Dodd from DairyCo to discuss the area of breeding and bull selection.
- The Prince’s Dairy Initiative
The Prince’s Dairy initiative group will be meeting near Bentham on 25 November 2013 for the first of a series of four technical meetings. We will be joined by Tim Davies from Kite who will be discussing the area of Feed and Forage with the group.
The Princes Dairy Initiative is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with a discussion group, if you would like to find out more please contact me on 07854 508 577 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The 3rd -5th December Sian Bushel will be speaking on Succession. Venues to be arranged.
- Lanes Farm Vets and DairyCo joint meeting
Lanes Farm Vets and DairyCo will be holding a joint meeting on the 12 December 2013. James Breen BVSc PhD DCHP MRCVS will be speaking at the meeting which will include discussion around interpreting and using data to manage and control mastitis.
For further information please contact me on 07854 508 577 or email@example.com
What's been happening?
- Farmer Visiting- Get to know DairyCo
During October, Amy has been visiting farmers in the Lutterworth area in preparation for DairyCo's input into the Lutterworth Dairy group over the winter.
- Breeding decisions
Amy also held a Breeding meeting in Skipton, talking to farmers about breeding cows to fit their systems and making their own breeding decisions.
- Cattle Vets Congress
DairyCo had a stand at the British Cattle vets congress in Harrogate. The conference was well attended with lots of interest in DairyCo products and services to take back to farm.
- North East Robot Discussion Group
The group met with the outcome to plan for a more focussed approach to Bench Marking using the software available from the suppliers of Robot technology and to also focus on grazing cows on robot farms.
- Bishopton Vets
The vet practise brought in a vet from Devon to speak to their discussion group about how to prevent TB spreading North. The key facts were that 50% of the disease is transmitted by badgers and 50% by cattle. The main threat in the north is from movement of cattle. The take home message was learn from the experiences in the South and take proactive measures to prevent the disease from entering herds through movement of cattle. Post movement testing was discussed as was the containment of outbreaks in the region as being crucial.
- Making Minerals work
Professor Liam Sinclair from Harper Adams University spoke about Minerals and the over feeding of Copper. Giving up to date results from the DairyCo/HAU Research Partnership. The workshop focussed on the host farm mineral analysis.
Main take home message being ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure’. The host farm was concerned about under feeding not over feeding. Having the results from the analyses and doing the calculations meant that the outcome was a feeding regime of minerals whereby correct amounts were actually being fed! The feedback from those farmers present highly positive with many being surprised at the over feeding of minerals on the sample farms.
- Breeding & Genetics
Andy Dodd in partnership with Neil Eastham of Bishopton Vets presented a workshop on Breeding and Genetics. It was a good day with much interaction among the farmers. The host farm was very open and honest about some of the examples of poor genetics! That said the farm was a good example of breeding the type of cow to suit the system.
- Housing and health
Jamie Robertson spoke to the Askham Bryan Apprentice Groups at Thirsk and Harrogate; on farm near Aysgarth and then at Pickering to the NFU Dairy Board gathering. The days were split between the class room and on farm. Take home message- 50% of cattle buildings in the UK don’t provide enough ventilation. Focussed on keeping calves warm but with enough fresh air available, highlighting the risk that poor ventilation and cold temperatures can bring to the most vulnerable livestock on farm.
- First Milk and DairyCo joint meeting
Tuesday 15 October 2013, Aughton Hall Farm.
First Milk and DairyCo held a joint meeting focusing on taking a structured approach to mastitis prevention. The group was joined by Ian Ohnstad from The Dairy Group who led the discussion on the day.
- Apprentice Dairy Farming Futures Group
Wednesday 23 October 2013, Myerscough College.
The apprentice group met to discuss the area of ruminant nutrition. The meeting focused on understanding the anatomy and function of the digestive tract and common problems that can occur through imbalanced nutrition.
- Clitheroe MB+ group
Tuesday 29 October 2013, Crawshaw Farm.
The Clitheroe MB+ Group met to discuss the hosts MB+ report and investigate options for future development in key areas of the enterprise.
To get involved - If you would be interested in getting involved and/or starting your own discussion group please contact me on 07854 508 577 or firstname.lastname@example.org