Farm productivity must improve, with an increase in yield from forage of just 600 litres a cow offering an extra £60-£70 million return to British dairy producers, and added benefits from more valuable constituency payments.
Finalists in the 2017 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition have been announced and include two block calving grassland-based herds, two high-production Holstein herds, a Channel Island herd and a grass-based block calving herd milked once-a-day.
A report outlining the case for UK dairy farming to maintain access to EU labour in the short term, and improve the pipeline of domestic labour in the long term, was presented to Defra’s Access to Labour Team by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers in London today (3 October).
The announcement of the first ever Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award winner brought delegates flocking to this year’s Women in Dairy Conference (Wednesday 20 September) making it the most successful yet
The first ever Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award has seen an unprecedented number of nominations with Cornish dairy farmer and NFU group chair Bridget Whell, livestock sustainability consultant Jude Capper and 2016 Devon county woman farmer of the year Nicky Lockyer announced as the finalists.
Brexit presents a tremendous opportunity for the UK livestock sector, but Government needs to start acting now to help achieve progress in winning new markets around the world and retaining existing markets, according to the UK Livestock Brexit Group.
Exiting the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy has sweeping implications for UK farming. UK farming is a vital part of the national economy, contributing in excess of £24 billion of revenues and around £8.5 billion of Gross Value Added to the UK economy in 2015. It also accounts for over 500,000 jobs (source NFU, Development Economics, February 2017). It is also responsible for the management of our farmed countryside which makes up around 70% of the total UK land mass.
Do you know someone who connects with the dairy industry and the public? Do they inspire you and others? Do they share their experience and knowledge? Then why not nominate them for the brand new Dairy Industry Woman of the Year Award.
The Shropshire-based dairy herd belonging to Tim and Louise Downes has been awarded the 2017 HerdWise Best Practice award for Johne’s Control. Runners up were Andrew Harrison and Vicky Harrison-King for ACF Drax, from Millers Dairy at Wareham in Dorset.