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Free Dairy Herd Health Meetings in SW Scotland

Published Tuesday, 29th July 2014 in SAC Consulting news

Crichton dairy cow and calf
Pictured: PhD student Aluna Chawala meeting with a dairy farmer.

SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (part of SRUC) is organising two free on-farm meetings in South West Scotland focusing on dairy herd health and production.

Explaining the rationale for the meetings, Ian Pritchard, Health Schemes Manager with SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (SACVS) said: “Thrift and fertility can have a major impact in building a resilient dairy industry so dairy producers should have the appropriate building blocks in place to ensure a robust and profitable dairy herd.

“We’re inviting local dairy farmers to come and meet us on two local farms to share ideas and information about how to maximise their businesses. There will also be opportunities to see the dairy enterprise on each of the farms.”

Expert advice will be on hand from SACVS, local practice vets, feed company nutritionists and a Dairy Co specialist. Nigel Miller, President of NFUS will also be addressing the meetings.

Discussion will cover some of the major diseases impacting dairy herd health and performance and testing options for diseases such as BVD, IBR and Johne’s.

Also on the agenda is management of the young calf, including colostrum management, and the calf house environment, with a view to reducing health issues and getting calves off to the best possible start in life.

In addition, the topics of follow-on stage of heifer rearing to point of first calving and dry cow management will be examined to give pointers aimed at maximising lifetime production.

Dairy farmers can select the meeting they wish to attend:

  • Tuesday August 12th at Low Dallars Farm, Hurlford, Ayrshire, KA1 5JW by courtesy of Alan & Fiona Kerr.
  • Tuesday August 19th at SRUC Barony Campus, Parkgate, Dumfries, DG1 3NE.

Both meetings start at 10:30am.

Attendance at the meetings is free but for catering purposes please book a place by phoning SACVS, Dumfries on 01387 267260.

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