FARM EVENTS & COURSES
BVD – STAMP IT OUT – MEETING
Thursday 13th December 2018 – 1.30pm
Oakhill Farm Vets, Langley Lane, Goosnargh, PR3 2JQ
Did you know that the estimated cost of BVD is £13 – £31 per cow in Britain!!
We will be running a ‘BVD- Stamp it out’ meeting for dairy and beef farmers, to discuss the new initiative aimed at tackling BVD and the funding available to help eliminate it from your farm.
To book your place call 01772 861300 Free meeting with lunch provided.
Attendance is vital to be eligible for the funding.
BVD is an endemic disease of cattle that costs farmers across the UK an estimated £61 million per year through mortalities, infertility and poorer performance.
DEFRA has made funding available through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to 100% fund 1 to 1 on farm advisory visits by a veterinary practitioner to work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle the disease on their farms.
Funding is available to provide on farm advice and for vets to work with ‘clusters’ of cattle keepers, to share best practice and tackle the disease as a group of like-minded individuals who share the goal of eradicating BVD from their herds.
This support is only available to registered keepers in England and aims to engage at least 50% of dairy and beef breeding herd in England in BVD control by the end of 2020.
To find out more, please call the Oakhill Farm Team on 01772 861300
IMPROVING RUMEN HEALTH, GETTING MORE OUT OF YOUR FEED
WEDNESDAY 16th JANUARY 2019
Venue: G.B. & A Shepherd, Moons Farm, Garstang Road, Catterall, PR3 0HD
Alastair Macrae; Consultant vet & nutritionist will discuss improving rumen health to increase production and maximise cow health. Alastair heads up Edinburgh University’s metabolic profiling service which analyses around 9000 samples a year to help fine-tune dairy cow diets and performance.
To book your place, call 01772 861300
ANNUAL COACH TRIP
WEDNESDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2019
Time: Coach leaves Oakhill Farm Vets at 9am prompt (after bacon butties).
This year’s coach trip takes us to the other side of the Pennines, where we will visit two farms:
Tom & Claire Dickinson’s at Manor Farm, Doncaster, who swapped from Holsteins to Jerseys around 6 years ago, using a pasture based system – winning several awards for their milk! Tom is always trying to find ways to reduce energy consumption on his farm and has already implemented many of his ideas for greener farming.
Our second stop will be at Thorncliffe Farm, Emley, Huddersfield where the Parker Family milk 280 Holstein cows on 5 newly installed Lely Robots. The family also run a beef herd supplying their own farm shop and café business.
We’ll also take you for a meal at a local venue.