AHDB will once again be attending AgriScot and our key focus will be our new approach based around two production systems and we welcome farmers and the industry to come and find out more.
The new direction builds upon the likely impact of Brexit, which will bring opportunities to displace dairy imports or access new export markets. It is also likely to expose the British dairy sector to more competition, less support and increased volatility.
The new approach sees AHDB focus on two systems:
- Block calving system – all cows calve within a 12 week window (spring or autumn), get back in calf, peak in milk production and are dried off together
- All year round calving system (AYR) – cows calve all year round with no seasonal emphasis, and no period where the entire herd is dry. Inputs may vary from extensive herds mainly grazing to fully housed herds with very high yields
AHDB will change its delivery to showcase and highlight what the best performers are doing under either system and identify the KPIs that are critical to performance.
Additional strategic dairy farms will be recruited to demonstrate best practice and encourage farmer to farmer learning. FarmBench will be rolled out to the dairy sector in the New Year and the field based team will offer specialist support for each system.