Technical Services

AHDB Dairy offers a range of technical services to assist dairy farmers with a variety of on farm issues. From health & welfare related problems such as mastitis and lameness, to farm management assistance, our technical services offer, evidence based, practical support & advice that can deliver positive results.

Products & Services

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Mastitis Control Plan

A detailed survey of the farm is undertaken along with analysing milk bacteriology, disease patterns from monthly milk recording, somatic cell count data and clinical mastitis information.

Healthy Feet Programme

Lameness includes any abnormality which causes a cow to change the way that she walks, and can be caused by a range of foot and leg conditions, themselves caused by disease, management or environmental factors.

Planning for Profit

What If & Planning for Profit are AHDB Dairy’s planning workshops for dairy farmers, who will get a chance to work through real financial and physical management and nutritional scenarios for their businesses.

Herd Genetic Reports

Herd Genetic Reports (HGRs) have been available for a number of years through AHDB Dairy, to all UK dairy farmers who milk record. HGRs allow farmers to see the genetic potential of their herd by providing information for the cows registered on their farm.

Other Services

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Extension Team

Knowledge Exchange officers are an integral part of the AHDB Dairy team. They are the first point of contact for dairy farmers on technical dairying topics.

Forage for Knowledge

Forage for Knowledge is the AHDB Dairy grass analysis project for 2015. We will be following 13 farmers across GB as they aim to get great quality and consistency for the whole grazing season.



Grass represents the highest volume and the cheapest form of feed in the dairy ration, how it is used and managed varies greatly according to the farm system.

Latest News

  • Three number one bulls sit firm at the top in non-Holstein breeds

    Breeds other than Holstein set a scene of continued stability with the UK’s three most significant – Jersey, British Friesian and Ayrshire – each showing no change in the number one position in the August 2017 AHDB Dairy Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) rankings. 22 August 2017
  • Grants available to attend dairy conferences

    AHDB Dairy is again offering a limited number of grants towards a selection of conferences over the remainder of the financial year, to continue to encourage profitable growth and development of dairy farming in GB. 10 August 2017
  • Top genomic young sires exceed £800 PLI in new AHDB indexes

    Genetic improvement continues at a pace amongst the young genomic Holstein sires and the front-runner – retaining the position he held in the April ranking – breaks the £800 Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) barrier in the new rankings published today (8 August, 2017) by AHDB Dairy. With a PLI of £819, Mr Rubi-Agronaut transmits solid production, marked by a Predicted Transmitting Ability (PTA) for fat of +0.21%. This Rubicon son out of a Shotglass dam also ranks as the best feet and legs improver amongst the young genomic bulls at +2.51. 8 August 2017
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