Technical Knowledge Exchange Team
David Ball - Technical Manager, Buildings, Slurry & Milking Equipment
Mobile: 07773 234524
Graduating from the Royal Agricultural College, David spent 33 years working in practical dairy farming in Gloucestershire. Starting as an assistant farm manager gaining a sound knowledge of the requirements of the dairy cow and how these are best provided, using this experience, both cow numbers and performance were almost doubled. After 15 years as managing director of the farm, David joined the NFU to assist with bTB policy implementation before joining AHDB Dairy as a Technical Manager. He is responsible for leading the delivery of AHDB Dairy knowledge transfer in relation to buildings, slurry, milking equipment and cow flow.
Andrew Dodd - Technical Manager, Breeding & Fertility
Telephone: 01531 820307
After graduating from Harper Adams in 2000 Andy gained a sound knowledge of dairy farming, working on and managing dairy units across the country, before joining AHDB Dairy in 2009 as Extension Officer and developed to become Technical Manager. Andy leads the delivery of AHDB dairy knowledge transfer for Breeding and Fertility, demonstrating how to use bull proofs and explaining the UK’s specific breeding indexes; Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) and Spring Calving Index (£SCI), and promoting the use of Herd Genetic Report (HGR) and how it can be used to understand the genetic potential of a herd.
If you have technical question not covered by one of the team above please dont hesitate to contact your local Knowledge Exchange Officer for advice.