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Introducing the team in your area
Our job is to link levy payers to DairyCo by taking your views back to the Board. We organise events (both on and off farm) demonstrating best practice. The results of DairyCo research and development go back out to farmers.
One of our main roles is to establish and run DairyCo Business Groups in the region. The discussion groups consist of 10-12 like minded farmers meeting regularly. They look at subjects including electricity and water costs, optimising fertiliser efficiency, cow fertility, heifer rearing costs, benchmarking, time management and cost effective building improvement. However, any subject leading to profit improvement can be covered, with group confidentiality being paramount.
What's coming up?
Discussion group – looking at PLi and what do the traits mean and what and how does that translate to the cow in the yard. Looking at various cows to decide what traits need improving and how to translate that into use of PLi. For more information please contact Piers Badnell on 07929 203703
What's been happening?
- This month saw DairyCo successfully joining forces with EBVC (Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy) to look at Successful grazing management NZ style, the speaker Rick McDonald, Kiwi dairy farmer and consultant looked at achieving higher yields without losing the cost efficiencies to be gained from grazing. Thanks to Mr Nick Tyler from Kingsplay Farm, Wiltshire for hosting and hope to be back to see what you are achieving from grazing those low yielders.
- A new Discussion Group for farmers coming into milk production or expanding their herds has been set up and we had 2 meetings in August. The first was looking into breeding herd replacements with our own Technical specialist Andy Dodd, we studied the cost of heifer replacements and the cost to the herd relating of those heifers that do not make 2nd lactation. The following meeting topic was on buildings and was held on the farm on one of the group members where he is constructing a dairy on a green field site. Lots of discussion, great ideas and sharing of experiences with the rest of the group – exemplary group co-operation!
In the meantime Becky Miles has been out and about meeting as many farmers in Cornwall as she can whether cold calling, the Calf Show at Wadebridge or Open Meetings.
- Ian Ohnstad has led a series of meetings across the South of England.
The meetings looked at getting the best out of your milking system, both from a
milking efficiency point of view, and that of reducing mastitis. The Devon
meeting, held in Aylesbeare was well attended; the take home message being
“look at your cows teats, they will tell you what is going on in your parlour!”
Further information on teat scoring can be found at /technical-information/animal-health-welfare/mastitis/symptoms-of-mastitis/teat-physiology/teat-scoring/