Cumbria Dairy Monitor Farm meeting: "High yielding herds can get more from grass" - Temple Sowerby, Penrith
Tue 19 February 2013 at 10:30AM
Tue 19 February 2013 at 2:00PM
This meeting for dairy farmers is aimed at helping high yielding herds get more out of grass - with speaker Ollie Hall, a partner in the Evolution Farming business, which takes a unique approach to dairy farming in the UK, running 1,250 cows on three farms and involving other farmers.
The event, which is being funded by the RDPE North West Livestock Programme, will provide dairy farmers with the opportunity to weigh up the costs and benefits of investing in grazing infrastructure such as cow tracks, electric fencing, measuring grass etc. The topic has been selected in response to one of the aims of the Cumbria Dairy Monitor Farmers, Matt and Sue Bland, which is to make better use of grazing.
The meeting will be led by Ollie Hall, a partner in the Evolution Farming business, which takes a unique approach to dairy farming in the UK, running 1,250 cows on three farms and involving other farmers, as well as a UK dairy farming consultancy.
Making better use of forage and grazing is one of the underlying principles of their farming and consultancy business. They were recently short-listed for the BBC Food Awards Farmer of the Year and were featured on the Country File programme. Ollie has kindly stepped in to replace the speaker who was originally booked for this event, Piers Badnell, a DairyCo grazing specialist.
Andrew Addison, Spittals Farm, Temple Sowerby is hosting the event, because he also wants to simplify his system and make more milk from grass, with his herd that yields an average 8,3oo litres per cow per year. He has already invested in some tracks, but is planning to increase the area for grazing and expand the herd.
Andrew said “I am keen to make more from forage, without seriously affecting yield. I think that my cows have the potential to do it, but I am looking for some pointers to help me to help them to do this whilst maintaining herd health and fertility.”
The meeting is funded by the RDPE NW Livestock Programme and is open to all farmers with refreshments and lunch provided. Places are free of charge but need to be booked by Monday 18th February on Tel: 01768 881462 or email: [email protected].
Call Kate Gascoyne at teh Farmer Network for details on 01768 881 462 or 07548 934 282