DairyCo takes a Byte to make science more accessible to dairy farmers

Published 2 April 09

DairyCo takes a Byte to make science more accessible to dairy farmers

DairyCo is supporting the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) in the delivery of their Animal Bytes website (Link to website).  Animal Bytes aims to make science much more accessible to dairy farmers by delivering six editions per year of topical, relevant and up-to-date research findings that will assist farmers in their business and management practices.

The agreement between DairyCo and BSAS was finalised this week at the Annual BSAS meeting in Southport, where dairy related papers made up a substantial portion of the presentations. Karen Wonnacott, a recent addition to the DairyCo research and development team, says: "We're very pleased to be supporting the BSAS in this way.  Animal Bytes is a great resource that reports the latest developments in the rapidly changing world of animal science to dairy farmers in a practical and applied way.

"It is vital that farmers are aware of the most current research information available and Animal Bytes is a highly accessible platform for that research that farmers and industry professionals can access easily."

Dr. Liam Sinclair, Head of the Education and Communications Group (or Mr. Mike Steele, Chief Executive) for BSAS, says: "……………………………………………………………………………………………..."
•    There will be an integrated link for Animal Bytes on the DairyCo website so that it is easily accessible to dairy farmers
A number of other levy Boards are also supporting the Animal Bytes website, these include BPEX, EBLEX, PigRegen Ltd., QMS, HCC and Agrisearch.

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Date 07 April 2009

For further information:
N:    Sarah McGregor
T:    01285 646503

E:    sarah.mcgregor@dairyco.org.uk

Notes for Editors:

DairyCo is a division of the statutory levy board, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

DairyCo's current focus is on improving the profitability of dairy farming by focusing on four specific areas:
•    Provision of high quality market information to help farmers and their representatives make the most of dairy markets and opportunities.
•    Helping dairy farmers increase their profits while meeting regulatory and environmental requirements - through the provision of world class research programmes and practical on-farm tools and services
•    Helping promote the positive perception of dairy farming with the general public.
•    The development of DairyCo activities towards a self-sustaining model.

DairyCo is funded entirely by milk producers, via a statutory levy on all milk sold off-farm, at the rate of 0.06p per litre.  This provides an annual income of around £6.5m.