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Strategic Dairy Farm Fertility, Body Condition Scoring & Financial Update

When: October 5th 2017 11:00 to 14:30
Location: LE7 9GB

Strategic Dairy Farm - Fertility, Body Condition Scoring  & Financial Update 

Fertility is one of the major factors affecting the profitability of any dairy herd and can account for one of the major costs on farm, but especially so with a block calving system. You are invited to our next Strategic Dairy Farm meeting where we will look at which factors influence fertility.

Andre Van Barneveld from Graise Consultancy Ltd will cover the main considerations to ensure high fertility and a tight block calving pattern. Which are the most relevant fertility KPI's for block calving and how this fits in with the pasture growth pattern to reduce feed costs by optimizing production from grazed grass. He will also look at the impact of Body Condition Scoring at calving as well as BCS loss from calving to mating on the 6 week in-calf and overall in-calf rates and dry period requirements to achieve target BCS at calving for both low and high BCS cows.

Also included:

  • Actual financial performance against budget for the first half-year trading
  • Farm walk

Date:     Thursday 5 October 2017 

Time:    11:00 – 14:30 (lunch provided, so booking essential)

Venue:  Houghton Lodge Dairy, Houghton Lane, Houghton on the Hill, Leicester LE7 9GB

Who should attend? Anyone keen to improve their fertility or interested in business benchmarking.

To book your FREE place ring the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771216 or email 

For more information contact Izak van Heerden on 07854 507279

The cost is covered through your levy. To assist with biosecurity and conform to government guidelines, please ensure vehicles are clean and clean boots that can be disinfected are worn.

Dairy Pro Points are available for attending this event, Click here for more details.


Izak Van Heerden

Team Leader - South

07854 507279