Tackling feed costs in an all year round calving system

Published 30 May 18

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.

Chance Hall Farm was launched as a strategic dairy farm in February 2018 and operates an all year round calving system.

At their second meeting, we will focus on feed costs and explore areas for reducing this without compromising productivity. Vet Owen Atkinson and consultant Hefin Richards will provide their expertise and explain their involvement in the business.

 The meeting will include:

  • Farm overview
  • Chance Hall Farm technical and financial KPI’s
  • How ‘Cow Signals’ have impacted the business, Owen Atkinson
  • Options for refining nutrition and integrating forage, Hefin Richards
  • Long term vision for the farm and areas for improvement.

Who should attend? Anyone who is all-year-round calving and keen to learn from others to lower costs and increase efficiency. 

Date:               Tuesday 26 June 2018
Time:              10:45 prompt – 14:30 (lunch provided so booking essential)
Venue:            Chance Hall Farm, Chance Hall Lane, Moreton-Cum-Alcumlow, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TL (By kind permission of Tom and Karen Halton)

To book your FREE place contact the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771216 or ke.events@ahdb.org.uk or for more information contact Steve West on 07816 159574.

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

 

About Chance Hall Farm

Tom and Karen Halton rent 550 acres close to Congleton in Cheshire, milking their 530 all year round calving herd three times a day to deliver an average daily lifetime yield of 16.1 litres.

The Halton’s supply County Milk split between three contracts and have a successful on-site vending machine. They take part in a Crewe based study group run by David Hughes, sit on their vet’s Farm Advisory Board and are members of their Healthy Heifer Club. 

 

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.

Follow the programme at dairy.ahdb.org.uk