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Strategic Dairy Farm Meeting - Ditchetts Farm - Devon

When: September 18th 2018 10:45 to 14:30
Location: EX16 5NG

Profitable concentrate feeding strategies  Farm Excellance

Join us at the second meeting at our strategic dairy farm in Devon where we focus on feeding the spring calving cow to maximise returns. Andre Van Barneveld from Graise Consultancy will be exploring options for the Tucker family for cost effective concentrate feeding with a focus on milk solids output per hectare and why this is an important measure.

The meeting will include:

  • Farm overview and update on forage situation
  • Ditchetts Farm updated technical and financial KPI’s
  • Optimal grass utilisation and profitable supplementation
  • Having a flexible system to maximise profitability through varying climate and milk payment years

Who should attend? Anyone who is interested in a block calving system, improving efficiency and managing costs. 

Date:      Tuesday 18 September 2018
Time:      10:45 prompt – 14:30 (lunch provided so booking essential)
Venue:    Ditchetts Farm, Long Drag, Tiverton, Devon EX16 5NG (By Kind Permission of the Tucker family)

To book your FREE place contact the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771216 or or for more information contact Kate Harris on 07929 203703

The cost of attending this event is covered through your levy but please ensure you register your attendance for catering purposes.

Please bring a clean pair of wellington boots and ensure vehicles are clean to help with the biosecurity and out of respect to the host’s farm business.

About Strategic Dairy Farms

Strategic dairy farms help farmers learn from each other through regular on-farm meetings where we will share key performance data and showcase what the best farmers are doing.

They form part of the Optimal Dairy Systems programme which aims to help dairy farmers lower costs and increase efficiency by focusing on either a block or all year round calving system. 

The growing network of strategic dairy farms have calculated key performance indicators (KPI’s) for their enterprises which are shared at meetings and published online. These are physical and financial performance measures that are critical to success. Farmers can benchmark their businesses against these KPI’s and identify areas for improvement.

About The Farm

Ditchetts Farm was launched as a Strategic Dairy Farm in April 2018 and is a spring calving herd of 240 NZ Friesian and Friesian Jersey crosses.

The Tucker family farm 450 rented acres on the edge of Tiverton including a separate holding where youngstock are reared.

Investments in infrastructure have been made to ensure maximum use is made of the 61 ha grazing platform for much of the year with cows loose housed over winter.

Richard Tucker is currently Chairman of the Grassmasters Discussion Group and Vice Chair of Devon NFU.

The focus for the Tuckers as a strategic dairy farm will be maximising performance for inputs (including feeding strategies), managing mobility and body condition and future expansion plans.

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