Case studies and innovating ideas from dairy farmers involved in the EuroDairy network
My name is Roger Hildreth, I’m a EuroDairy pilot farmer. Home at Curlew Fields Farm in Yorkshire we run a 120-Pedigree Holstein herd that calve all year round. Currently they produce 10611 litres/cow/year, at 4.10 per cent fat and 3.21 per cent protein.
My name is Roger Hildreth, I’m a EuroDairy pilot farmer and have recently been along to numerous exchange visits to Northern Ireland and the Netherlands. I am here to share my learnings from these exchange visits.
I currently farm at Curlew Fields Farm in Yorkshire, home to my 120 Pedigree Holst...
For the last two years, thirty forward thinking farmers have participated in multiple action-groups across South-West England, aiming to reduce their use of on-farm antibiotics.
The farmer-named group, ‘Antibiotics Anonymous’ represented a wide range of farming systems; from organic and conventi...
Placing improving grassland management on the top of the agenda at Brimstone Farm, Wiltshire, is starting to pay dividends with milk from forage forecasted to increase by 699 litres/cow from 2018.
Following a EuroDairy exchange visit to the Netherlands in October 2016, two farmers have introduced selective dry cow therapy. Stephen Radford from Buttermoor Farm and James Frankpitt from Rix Farm in Devon are participants in an AHDB Dairy sponsored research project with the University of Bristol.
Regulations to limit national phosphorous production is having a significant impact on Dutch dairy farmers. This was apparent during a visit by the EuroDairy network to the Netherlands in January 2018. The driver for legislation is to maintain a national derogation, under the EU nitrate directive, to use 210 kg N (instead of 170 kg N) from animal manure. In order to retain the derogation, a ceiling was set for national phosphorous production. This further tightening in regulation is occurring just at a time when farmers in the Netherlands were gearing up for an expansion in milk output after the removal of the quota system. The end result is that over the last 18 months, around 150,000 cows have been removed from the industry.