New wizard is one-stop shop for dairy farmers

Published 26 August 08

New wizard is one-stop shop for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers can access the latest information on planning housing design, slurry storage and milking parlours from a three-in-one tool launched today (26 August) by DairyCo.

The Dairy Wizard CD contains new program, Slurry Wizard, as well as the hugely popular Housing the 21st Century Cow and Parlour Wizard tools.

Prepared with the fast approaching NVZ regulations and rising fertiliser costs in mind, Slurry Wizard will help dairy farmers considering upgrading or replacing slurry storage, allowing them to work out their storage requirements and weigh up the cost benefits of different ways to tackle under-capacity.

Housing the 21st Century Cow allows farmers to select - and fully cost - the perfect dairy housing design to suit their production system, climate and labour availability while meeting the latest environmental and welfare standards.

And for farmers considering replacing or upgrading milking equipment and facilities the newly updated Parlour Wizard allows different parlour types and functionality to be compared and costed based on individual farm data including cow numbers, labour availability and input costs.

Richard Davies, DairyCo extension officer, says: "The Dairy Wizard is an exciting new tool which will help dairy farmers make some of the most important - and possibly the most expensive - decisions they will ever need to.

"The Slurry Wizard comes at a time when many farmers are thinking about slurry storage in light of the proposed NVZ regulations as well as its value as a source of nutrients, with an average value of £78 per cow each year."

To order a copy of the Dairy Wizard CD contact DairyCo on 01285 646510 or email publications@dairyco.org.uk.

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Date 26 August 2008

For further information:
N:    Philippa Stagg
T:    01285 646519
E:    philippa.stagg@dairyco.org.uk

Notes for Editors:

DairyCo's current focus is on improving the profitability of dairy farming by focusing on four specific areas:
•    The provision of a world-class information service
•    Helping dairy farmers increase their profits while meeting regulatory and environmental requirements - through better business management.
•    Helping promote the positive perception of dairy products and dairy farming with the general public

•    The development of DairyCo 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 £7m.

DairyCo co-funds the industry's nutritional and issues management resource - The Dairy Council - with the processors' trade body Dairy UK.

DairyCo Limited was set up in April 2008 following a fundamental review of agricultural levy boards by Defra. The five existing levy boards (including the Milk Development Council) were replaced by one statutory levy board, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

Reporting in to AHDB are six sector companies - DairyCo covers the milk sector.