Godro Issue 19

Published 1 September 13

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Preventing lameness in cattle is one of the biggest challenges for dairy farmers, and in recent years more and more farmers are realising the importance of cow flow in reducing lameness. Therefore inside this issue New Zealand vet and lameness expert Neil Chesterton offers advice on the matter.

Inside this issue Head of DairyCo Breeding+ Marco Winters explains why dairy herds that used young Holstein genomic sires over the past 12 months could now have an average Profitable Lifetime Index for their latest crop of calves around £40 greater than their neighbours using conventional bull semen.

In the Hot Seat this time is a farmer who is renowned for the quality of his grassland management. Andrew Owen who farms at Pantygwiail, Dihewyd, Lampeter scooped the Welsh Grassland Farming Competition at this year’s Royal Welsh Show and is now battling it out for the coveted national British Grassland award.