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Get moo-ving on mobility - Lockerbie

When: August 21st 2017 10:00 to 14:30
Location: DG11 3NQ

Better cow flow cuts costs and improves mobility

You are invited to attend a ‘Get moo-ving on mobility’ meeting with internationally renowned lameness vet, Neil Chesterton who will discuss how practical steps to improve cow flow can reduce lameness costs. 

The average dairy herd loses 1+ppl from lameness due to lower milk yield, treatment, higher culling rates affecting cow welfare and staff morale. By understanding the causes and working with a cow’s natural instincts, it is possible to reduce the incidence and improve mobility.

The good news is there are simple ways to minimise foot damage and Neil will talk about:

  • Cows indoors - low-stress handling; quality flooring; and recognising cow behaviour such as dominance, preference for routine and being a follower.
  • Cows at milking - entry and exit to the parlour with correct use of backing gates; milking order is different to walking order; space; and reducing standing times.
  • Cows going out to grass - the importance of good track construction and maintenance.
  • AHDB Dairy’s Healthy Feet programme

Date:    Monday 21 August 2017

Venue: Hillhead, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Lockerbie DG11 3NQ  In conjunction with Firth Vet Centre. By kind permission of Willie Fleming 

All meetings run from 10:30 to 14:30 and include lunch and coffee from 10:00. 

Who should attend? Dairy farmers and their farm’s healthy feet team. 

Booking is essential for catering purposes. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Neil Chesterton.

To book a place, please contact the KE Events hub on 01904 771216 or email 

The cost is covered through your levy. Please bring a clean pair of wellington boots to help with the biosecurity and out of respect to the host's farm business.

Dairy Pro points are available for attending this event, click here for more details.