We are hosting our Annual Dairy Herds Fertility and Awards meeting in April.
The aims of the meeting are to bring you up to speed with
-Your herds fertility performance and how this has changed over the last 4 years
-Feedback and discussion on how the best herds are achieving optimal fertility
-New ideas and thoughts on how best to improve fertility.
-Awards for the best overall performance for fertility for all herds and high yielding herds and the coveted most improved fertility prize
- to celebrate our successes in improving fertility. See our graph of % improvement in fertility below. 80% of herds have improved their fertility in the last 4 years. Who says fertility is getting worse!
Venue: Holmes Park Football Club, Whetstone
Date: Wednesday April 2nd
Time: 730 for 745 prompt start
We are hosting a meeting at Holmes Park Football Club which will benchmark all our milk recorded farms with the aim to learn from the herds that are doing it well and how each herd can do better in terms of improving Udder health. How do you your cows get infected? How can you get ahead of the disease? How can you control infection better?
Dr James Hanks from Panlivestock Services/ Interherd will be presenting some data on the Park Vet Group herds and comparing these to 500 NMR recorded herds
Peter Orpin will be lead a discussion on new developments on udder health management and discussing how you can take simple steps to improve udder health
Amy Fawcett, Dairy Co will discuss how you can use the Dairy Co mastitis plan as part of the tool box to control the disease
Venue: Holmes Park Football Club, Whetstone
Date: Wednesday February 19th
Time: 7-730 prompt start
Please RSVP if you want to get fed!
Meeting Sponsored by Dairy Co, MSD Animal Health, Park Vet Group
You may have seen on the news reports of a mystery illness that has been affecting dogs particularly in the New Forest Area. Firstly, be reassured that this disease is very rare and has only been seen in isolated cases outside of the New Forest. Even for dogs that walk in the New Forest, the chances of becoming affected by the disease are very small.
The first signs of the disease are unexplained wounds or sores on the lower legs or face and these warrant bringing your dog in for examination. Left untreated, the disease can progress to affect the kidneys and be very serious so early examination by a vet is the best thing you can do for your dog.
As yet, the cause of the disease is unknown, but vets around the country are working hard to find out.
We hosted a meeting in November 2013 which focused on how we could use vaccines against IBR to eradicate the disease from a herd. The key points are to vaccinate the cattle before they get the disease and follow a robust vaccination program. See the attached for more detail
It’s that time of the year again! Please don’t forget dogs and cats are upset by the sound of fireworks. These tips can help to minimize distress.
1: Training and Behaviour Modification
Simon Marsh, Senior Lecturer at Harper Adams gave a fantastic presentation on how to improve your performance of your beef breeding herd by focusing on genetics, technical performance and management.
The presentation was based on work on Simon Frost’s farm where a “curve bender” top 1% Charolais EBV bull selected for low birth weights and high growth rates was used on LimX Friesan dams to produce fantastic cattle
The key to the farming system relates to both the selection of the right bull which throws small calves with good growth potential combined with small milky dams.
The daily live weight gain for the bulls of 1.6kgDLWG greatly exceeds top third EBLEX figures and delivers carcass weights which are more than 50% of the dam at 200 days.
The cattle are sold at weaning to a dedicated finishing unit which aims to fatten the bulls at 14 months weighing in more than 770kg!
The golden rules of the farming system are based on following simple methods, attention to detail and use of best knowledge and science.
We plan to visit Simon Frosts farm on May 29th. Please contact the farm team to see if any places are left as numbers are limited.
To access the full presentation visit the farm meeting archive.
Many thanks to Zoetis( formerly Pfizer) for the financial support to facilitate these events
The meeting starts at 730 for 8pm start at the Holmes Park Football club.
Tuesday August 13th
James is a specialist vet who has achieved a Diploma in Cattle Health and Production and is also a director of Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy.
We will be covering new developments in feed monitoring, blood testing and the Kexxtone bolus. All dairy farmers welcome.
This meeting is kindly sponsored by Dairy Co
Date: JULY 2013
Speaker: James Husband MRCVS
Every year we review the performance of our dairy herds and compare their data anonymously using football clubs as aliases!.
This year the best herd fertility award for higher yielding herds was won by Wyn, Steve and Hilary Pierce of Foston Lodge Farm
Moulton College achieved the most improved herd
Geoff and John Carter, Kilby Grange won the best overall fertility with a 60% 100 day in calf rate.
62% of the Park Vet Group herds were better than the national median for NMR recorded herds for their 100 day in calf rate! This is quite an achievement in a very difficult year with wet weather and Schmallenberg