Walford and North Shropshire College to Host an Improving Dairy Herd Efficiency Event

West Midlands Dairy Farmers and other professionals with an interest in the Dairy Farming industry are invited to attend a free one-day event, organised by researchers at Harper Adams University and aimed at helping them to improve the efficiency of their businesses.

Shropshire, United Kingdom, December 04, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The event will be held on Tuesday December 17, at the new RD Park Dairy on Walford College Farm, and will be hosted by the Farm Manager, Neil Ridgway. Speakers will include Stacey Blease, post-graduate researcher at Harper Adams and Dr. Barrie Florey, Head of Land, Farm and Agri-Business at Harper Adams.

The day will begin with a presentation and discussion of the findings from two research projects, funded by the West Midlands Rural Development Programme. This will be followed by two workshops. The first workshop, which will take place before lunch, will consider herd health and will share the results of a three year research project evaluating herd health planning, in particular identifying factors that lead to more effective planning. The second workshop, which will take place after lunch, is aimed at helping farmers to improve skills and awareness in assessing financial performance and at increasing awareness of the impact of decisions on profitability. After the workshops participants will be offered the opportunity to view the new Fullwood robotic milking machine, based at the Walford Campus.

Neil Ridgway, Walford Farm Manager, commented, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring the event to Walford and I look forward to welcoming everyone and showing them around our newly installed milking facilities.”

The event is free for Dairy Farmers and professionals from across the West Midlands and will run from 10am until 2.30pm with lunch provided. Dairy Pro CPD points are also available from attendance at the event.

Dairy Farmer Fiona Dale, who attended one of these events at Harper Adams University recently, commented, “The Herd Health Plan workshop highlighted the importance of herd health plans as a working document. With up-to-date records it can be used to set measureable targets such as reducing lameness and mastitis. The afternoon session showed us how to compare our farm accounts with dairy industry benchmarks."

For more information about the event or to book a place please contact Stacey Blease on 01952 815066 or at sblease@harper.adams.ac.uk
Walford & North Shropshire College
Lucy Evans
01691 688039