Knowledge transfer event

Published 30 August 13

The very latest in managing cows at grass, reducing soil compaction and out-wintering replacement heifers are just some of the research subjects to be covered in a DairyCo Research Day to be held at Harper Adams University Dairy Unit, Newport, Shropshire on 11 September from 10:30am to 3:00pm.

Following the DairyCo board’s decision to invest more in Research and Development to provide the scientific evidence needed to underpin progress, the Research Day is a chance to see how some of this investment is paying off. And Harper Adams University is an apt setting given its DairyCo Research Partnerships with both The University of Nottingham and Scottish Rural University College.

Laura Masters, DairyCo knowledge transfer product manager, says: “Since June 2011, two DairyCo five-year Research Partnerships have been in place – one focuses on Health, Welfare and  Nutrition, and the second on Soils, Forage and Grassland.” And while the Research Partnerships provide the backbone of DairyCo research effort, we also have over 50 other individual projects across a range of subjects.”

Other topics for the research day include:

  • Precision farming for the future
  • What’s new with protein nutrition
  • Effective sole lesion treatments
  • Optimising the mineral nutrition of dairy cows.
  • Using lucerne silage as an alternative forage
  • Research on digital dermatitis, mastitis and methane outputs
  • Utilising protein in home grown forages
  • Nitrogen sensing.

As well as this, the day offers a chance to discuss the emerging findings with the scientists involved, and there will be an opportunity to view the dairy facilities at Harper Adams University farm.

Laura adds: “DairyCo makes considerable efforts to fund unique, practical and applied research which can be applied on farm. We actively seek to work collaboratively with other funders and sectors of the industry, including our partner divisions in AHDB to ensure complementary effort and, maximum return on levy.

“We also have a close collaboration with dairy levy bodies in Europe (within the European Cattle Innovation Partnership), so we can avoid duplication and combine knowledge. The Research Day is a great chance to learn more about the work being undertaken with your levy and talk to the scientists and DairyCo staff involved.”

For more information or to book your place at the DairyCo Research Day on 11 September 2013 please email postcard@dairyco.ahdb.org.uk or call: 024 7647 8707.