DairyCo at the Dairy and Livestock Event 2010

Published 27 July 10

As a major sponsor of the Dairy Event and Livestock Show, DairyCo will have a host of information for dairy farmers designed to help and support business development and current and future challenges.  There will be four key information areas on the stand: health and welfare, business management, fertility and grass and forage.  The DairyCo extension officers, and the regional Milkbench+ officers will be on-hand, alongside analysts from market intelligence and our research and development departments, to answer dairy farmer queries.

Other highlights include:

  • Ten lucky dairy farmers will win £200 worth of semen straws in the DairyCo 'Bull Bonanza' competition.  The competition is being run to promote the importance of good genetics and how, by working with DairyCo Breeding+, farmers can get more from breeding. 
  • DairyCo is introducing a new series of templates to provide guidance to dairy farmers who are considering a joint venture with other dairy businesses, or bringing others into the business structure.

    The templates include contracts and guidance notes on share milking, contract farming, cow hire, and equity partnerships. The guidance notes have been written to help farmers understand the practical and legal implications of setting up a joint venture, and to assess the suitability of joint ventures for their business.
  • In the Herd Health Planning area, DairyCo extension officer Jo Speed will be giving the latest information on mobility and foot health following her Nuffield Scholarship on the subject, alongside Nick Bell of Bristol University Healthy Feet Project.  The pair will be looking at mobility scoring, early and effective intervention for those identified with problems, and the importance of on-going monitoring.