UK Dairy Day 2017 will feature external demonstration areas.
Calf Rearing Zone
New for 2017, sponsored by Volac, will be a calf rearing zone covering all aspects of calf rearing from health to feeding to the environment in which they are reared. This area will have limited number of 2m x 2m table top display stands for business promoting products and services relevant to calf rearing. Complete the online booking form before 30 June 2017.
'Beneath the Black and White Calf' Painting
Scarsdale Vets will be presenting an innovative and engaging presentation that gives participants the opportunity to visualise and understand a calves anatomy using paint! Carolyn Baguley, Senior Farm Assistant at Scarsdale Vets, will focus on the musculoskeletal/nervous system and internal organs to assist the understanding of calf health & welfare.
Foot Trimming & Knife Sharpening
The event will feature foot trimming and knife sharpening demonstrations undertaken by a qualified team of independent foot trimmers namely Tim Carter, David Rowe, Ema Glaze and Andrew Tyler all with a number of years’ experience under their belts. Tim was brought up on a dairy farm, which he then worked on before gaining further insight into the industry working with a number of dairy and beef farms across the South West Having been a trained foot trimmer for over 15 years Tim is passionate about improving the quality of foot trimming. He believes that this will bring many benefits to both cattle, in the wider health and welfare aspects, and to the farmer, less lame cows and time spent ‘trying to fix’ them. David shares Tim’s enthusiasm for the sharing of knowledge around the discipline of trimming be it a herdsman wishing to learn so they can do the routine trimming on-farm or a professional trimmer looking to ensure their methods are ‘fit for purpose’. As all tradesman know they key to the success of any task is having the right tools for the job, hence the demonstrations focusing on knife sharpening.
The trimming and sharpening demonstrations will be streamed to a large TV screen with commentary so visitors were able to see first-hand the detail of the trimming and knife sharpening.
CPD Dairy Pro points available for the Foot Trimming and Knife Sharpening demonstrations as part of the UK Dairy Day Knowledge Trail.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to find out more about the equipment used for trimming and record keeping as Tim will be using his own crush which is currently one of its kind in the UK built by DP Agri based in Devon.