ANIMAL HEALTH presents:
Expanding the Dairy Herd’
SATURDAY 8th MARCH
within the Sale Ring, Harrison & Hetherington
Borderway, Carlisle, CA1 2RS
Planning on expanding your dairy herd? Wondering if bigger is better? Then Borderway UK Dairy Expo is the place to be on Saturday 8th March 2014. During a series of presentations from industry leaders we will look at the options and issues in herd management when family dairy farms plan to milk more cows. The planning for extra housing, growing extra feed and putting in improved parlours are only part of the story. As the number of dairy cows on a farm reaches beyond 400 we cannot rely on good stockmanship alone but need to have good management systems and protocols as well. Our four speakers all have firsthand experience in dairy herd expansions and will share their knowledge and know-how into this fascinating industry.
11.00am Coffee & Contract rearing – What to do with the young stock?
Speaker RICHARD GORDON (Technical Service Manager at Genus ABS)
Richard Gordon from Thrimby Hall, Penrith is the Technical Service Manager for Genus ABS in Cumbria and for the past five years he has also run his own contract heifer rearing farm. Traditionally a lot of emphasis and rightly so has gone into the milking herd, but when labour and management time is short the young stock and heifer rearing can be relegated as a secondary enterprise. Richard Gordon is going to talk about the priorities and pitfalls of contract heifer rearing and his experience of delivering a top class service in this evolving business.
11.30am Are your cows transitioning well?
Speaker MIKE CHRISTIAN (Elanco animal Health Veterinary Advisor)
Increasing the size of the herd makes it more difficult to know your cows and to manage their health. Most of the health problems in dairy cows occur in the ‘Vital 90’ days around calving. Mike Christian a local vet now working for Elanco is looking at the best ways of monitoring ketosis and nutrition at this vital time. Answer the question how are your cows transitioning and answer your questions on transition cow management.
12.15pm Lunch & Learn – Make your dairy expansion pay
Speaker PHILIP METCALFE from Washfold Farm
Philip Metcalfe from Washfold Farm manages a 900 Holstein milking herd and an additional 600 head of young-stock. Together with his brothers David & Brian they have developed the enterprise to include 950 mule ewes, a haulage business, commercial workshop and an agriculture contracting business under the company name Metcalfe Farms. Originally Washfold Farm started with 20 cows in the 40’s and Philip knows firsthand the joys of managing a large expansion project. Philip will give a honest account of the do’s and don’ts in running a large dairy and point out some of the important issues that need careful consideration when planning to milk more cows.
12.45pm Managing milk & money
Speaker ROB HITCH (Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants)
Rob Hitch is a partner at Dodd & Co chartered accountants, he provides accountancy, tax and business advice to some of the UK’s largest dairy farmers. He has been involved in many dairy herd expansions in recent years and often talks about the 400 cow hurdle as a crucial time in the life of all dairy enterprises. Rob will talk about the ins and outs of managing the move to beyond 400 cows from the accountant’s perspective. What do you need to plan and monitor as the dairy herd expands.
So please join us in the during UK Dairy Expo to sit down, learn a little and ask some questions in the informal settings of the sale ring.
For further information contact you Elanco representative or Elanco Animal Health on – 01256 353131