Financial performance and great grazing in sharp focus

Published 30 June 17

Tom Rawson Evolution Farming Explaining About Approach To Buying Cows At Launch Of Strategic Dairy Farm Low ResDairy farmers are being encouraged to attend the next Strategic Dairy Farm meeting on 11 July at Houghton Lodge in Leicestershire to see how the newly established farm is tracking against budget in its first quarter of trading.

Teagasc’s Dr Jo Patton will also be a guest speaker at the event talking about how farmers can elevate their grazing management to the next level.

Dr Patton will start the day by talking about the economic and nutritional value of high quality pasture before sharing how farmers can improve grazing for autumn and all-year-round calving herds. Managing a wedge, how to fill the gaps and when to take out a surplus will also be covered.

Farmers will hear why Houghton’s yields are down against budget, how the farm has kept costs below plan, why the new grass leys are thriving and how cow condition has changed over recent months.

Izak van Heerden, AHDB’s Senior Knowledge Exchange Manger explained “We recognise the benefits of farmer to farmer learning so this meeting is an ideal opportunity for them to learn about a new approach to traditional dairy farm business models.

“At our first meeting in April, as well as follow progress at Houghton, farmers told us they wanted to spend more time looking in-depth at relevant topics. I’m delighted that

Dr Patton and a farmer panel of experienced grazers has agreed to deliver a grazing masterclass for those who wish to stay on after lunch.”

Farmers will also have the opportunity to watch the 470 cow cross-bred herd go through the two new 24:48 swingover parlours. Milking now takes around an hour, compared with nine hours in the previous parlour.

The Strategic Dairy Farm forms part of AHDB’s new Farm Excellence Platform, which aims to join up the UK’s fragmented knowledge exchange landscape and harness the proven benefits of ‘farmer to farmer’ learning in order to accelerate the uptake of knowledge

Farmers can book their place by calling the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771211 or email