Inbreeding – Is the Data Accurate?

When making breeding decisions, inbreeding has become a major consideration for dairy farmers. The graph below from AHDB Dairy, clearly shows the rising trend of inbreeding, with the recommendation to keep an animals inbreeding percent below 6.25%. Farms now have a range of mating programmes available to help with selecting bulls, however, these all differ […]

Healthy Heifers Are Your Future – What Are the Key Points to Consider if Setting Up a Heifer Rearing Agreement?

I am getting increasing numbers of questions about out-sourcing heifer rearing. This can be due to expansion and the desire to utilise grazing blocks for milking cows and/or shed space but also lack of suitable labour to rear youngstock is also a becoming a major issue. The following key points should be considered when discussing […]

Banks – Better The Devil You Know?

Over the past 12 months, we have been busy putting business plans together for clients looking to borrow money for various on-farm projects; this has ranged from cubicle sheds, parlours, bridging loans for grant funded projects and more general re-financing of existing borrowing. In many cases, the farms existing banks have been keen to support […]

Support Two Great Charities

After many unsuccessful attempts, I’ve finally secured a place in the 2019 London Marathon – one to tick off the bucket list! At 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 28th April 2019 I will stand on the start line of the London Marathon to undertake the 26.2 mile course.  I aim to finish in under 5 hrs […]