Barony Event Delivers for Dairy Farmers

Published Wednesday, 10th October 2012 in SRUC news

Drew Easton talks about Soil Compaction

Local dairy farmers turned out in force for the specialist Dairy Event held at the Barony Campus by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC.

Over 120 registered for the day, including researchers, consultants, lecturers and students from SRUC as well as trade suppliers. It was the first event on the SRUC calendar following the recent merger of Barony Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges with SAC. 

Welcoming them to the facilities at Barony, SRUC Board member Alistair Marshall said:

“This is extremely significant as it is showing how education links with research and consultancy.  It will be the first time we have had students here on the day, including those involved with the demonstrations.”

“Barony and Crichton have always had a history of working closely together and I think this is going to strengthen the linkages that they have.”

Supporting him was Professor Geoff Simm, Head of SRUC Research. He was equally excited by the opportunities the merger offered and impressed with the degree of co-operation already apparent in the planning of the event.

“We are going to have to increase production with fewer resources and concern for the environment. That will need very skilled people and more of them. It will need new research and consultancy expertise and most of all it needs a joined up approach and that is what SRUC is all about.”

A combination of SRUC specialists from Barony, the Dairy Research Centre at nearby Crichton Royal Farm, SAC Consulting and commercial suppliers offered half hour seminars on four main topics, with plenty of time for debate. Beside the milking robot at Barony the issues surrounding robotic milking and the welfare of housed cows were explored while in the cubical shed another group discussed issues linked to dairy cow diets and winter feeding.

Elsewhere there were practical demonstrations on foot trimming and care while the practical issues surrounding soil compaction, a particular problem this season, were demonstrated in a nearby field. Much depends on tyre pressures and for this the engineering staff at Barony were particularly grateful for the co operation they received from machinery suppliers James Gordon and CLAAS UK. They loaned two state of the art Jaguar 950 Forage Harvesters featuring the latest ‘on the go’ tyre pressure control system, which attracted a lot of interest.

Listen to Alistair Marshall and Geoff Simm.

Further audio podcasts outlining the key messages presented at the Barony event will soon be available.

Photo caption: Drew Easton talks on Soil Compaction.

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