Spring Farm Walks
BGS Spring Farm Walks
In association with AHDB Dairy and LIC, two farm walks are organised each spring to dairy farms in different locations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring 2020 walks have been postponed to 2021 when we plan to visit the following farms in the autumn.
Northleaze Farm, near Swindon, Wiltshire
Hosted by Robert and Maria Mallett and their son, David.
They run 230 pedigree Holsteins in an extended autumn block calving system with 3 times a day milking. The average yield is 11,000 litres sold, with around 4,000 litres from forage. Sexed semen isused to provide female replacements for the herd. Beef semen is used on the remainder of the herd, and a beef calf rearing enterprise has recently been set up. A paddock grazing system is sued to maximise grass utilisation, and regular grass measurements are taken. Recent investments in the farm have included tracks, water troughs and reseeding which have contributed to reduced feed costs.
Nether Affleck Farm, Lanarkshire
Hosted by Jim Baird.
The milking herd consists of 230 dual purpose crossbred cows, calving from 1 October. A typical grazing season runs from April through to November. Adopting rotational grazing practices has had a positive impact on the system, allowing Jim to grow and utilise grass better. Four silage cuts are taken per year with the aim of driving milk from forage, which currently runs at over 4,500 litres per cow.