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.


Feeding and nutrition is one of the most important factors in efficient dairy production. It represents the highest cost in producing a litre of milk. Feeding and nutrition is fundamentally affected by the type of system a farm chooses to run.


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

  • NVZ Designations and Appeals

    Defra has announced the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) for 2017-20. NVZs are areas designated as being at risk from agricultural nitrate pollution. They include about 58% of land in England. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reviews NVZs every 4 years to account for changes in water pollution. 16 January 2017
  • British Cattle Breeders’ Club conference brings industry together

    An exciting line-up of speakers has been booked for the forthcoming British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) annual British Cattle Conference, which will take place on January 23-25, 2017. ‘Practical Innovation – Today’s Challenges for Tomorrow’s Generation’ is the theme which has been chosen for 2017 by Conference chairman, Iain Kerr, who is also the chief executive of the British Limousin Society. 16 January 2017
  • Butterfat payments slip behind market

    According to AHDB’s Milk Price Calculator, farm prices in the UK are not currently reflecting the true market value of cream in payments for butterfat. Milk buyers tend to follow one of two approaches when milk prices are adjusted; either the butterfat and protein payments are both changed in line with historically set ratios, or the base price is adjusted. Neither approach is currently giving the full market signal to farmers about the value of butterfat. 13 January 2017
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