Meet the team in your area
Introducing the team in your area
An important part of being an extension officer is understanding
farmers' needs and helping to identify practical and realistic
tools to assist your farming business.
Our team covers areas like herd health and welfare, working with different groups and demonstrating tools such as the heifer rearing calculator, and increasing awareness of different control strategies that are available.
What's been happening?
Each point gain in PLI is worth an increase of £4.25 margin per cow "Genetics are not just about production but just as importantly health, welfare and ease of management. The group looked at making strategic breeding decisions to improve their herd performance. Discussion on the day included what's in PLI and how it can be used, further understanding of Bull Proofs, Genetic Herd Reports for each of the atendees.
To find out more or to book a place please contact Sophie Kinnear on 07717500877/ 01786850636 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you at a cross roads in your business? If so then a Joint Ventures workshop may hold the key to where you and your business could go! The workshop discussed current farm business' having to change ownership, system, structure and much more, many options were given as an example and the importance of asking all the questions you can think of before going down route of joint venture and ultimately giving you another option other than the difficult route of selling up.
The first Joint Ventures Workshop has been run in England, however if there is demand for one North of the Border we will provide a similar workshop for those interested. If you have more questions, ideas or would like to get involved please get in touch with Sophie Kinnear or Heather Wildman.
The evening saw the community group discuss feeding options for the East Pitforthie herd. Donald Lawson, cow 1st nutrition and Adam Clay, Frank Wright Nutrition both provided us with some thought provoking ideas and controversial thinking. Their focus was to meet Sandy's goals - maintaining high yields and making profit, while not compromising health and fertility.
Allan Alston kindly hosted the monitor farm meeting on his family farm near Edzell.
The meeting focused on group discussion on how best to help Allan reduce cell counts and clinical cases of mastitis on farm. Our speaker Ian Ohnstad from The Dairy Group took us through the mastitis story at Chapelton so far, giving the group all the facts and figures required to help Allan make some decisions about the day-to-day control and prevention of mastitis at Chapelton, Ian also gave some good advice on how best to apply simple measures to reduce mastitis levels and the cost benefit of doing so.
Taking one of the most important jobs on the farm back to basics. Get the rearing of the most vulnerable animal right and it makes everything else work better! The group managed to praise the Host Andrew Lorrain-Smith and his team- not only was calf mortality low but the team was able to give reasons for each loss. This highlighted their use of good record keeping and a well managed system. Improvements, changes and attention to detail were highlighted from everyone who attended and the next topic for the group will be foot health.