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Hefin Richards, independent nutrition consultant explores the principles of maximising growth of the Buscot Wick Farm progeny. You’ll learn how to achieve consistent, economic growth and productivity throughout all stages of rearing process to meet age and growth targets at calving.
Many farms focus on calves’ early lives and then get slippage later in the growing cycle. You’ll understand why it is important to monitor and weigh animals to identify the good and bad periods, which will enable prompt action to get performance back on the curve.
In this webinar you will learn:
Farmers looking to maximise the performance of their youngstock and deliver a healthy heifer at the optimum 24 months to the dairy herd. Buscot Wick Farm is an autumn block calving herd, but this webinar will also be relevant to all-year-round calvers.
Address: Online webinar
Date: Tuesday 20 October
Time: 12.00 –1.30pm
Register for your place at this online webinar today -
For more information regarding the event please call Nic Parsons, AHDB on 024 7647 8592
Buscot Farm has been in the Kinch family for 80 years and is managed by Phil Kinch in partnership with his wife and parents. The farm's dairy production activities are closely managed by Herd Manager Shane MacNamee, who operates extremely tight control over their autumn block calving herd of cross-bred cows.
Based on the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border, just off the M4 near Swindon, the farm consists of 1,400 hectares - a fifth of which is committed to dairy, including a 67-hectare grazing platform, with the remainder given over to arable. It has been a Strategic Dairy Farm since May 2018.
The herd is currently made up of 360 autumn calving and 80 spring calving cows, with an increasing number of Norwegian Red and Fleckvieh cross, achieving 8,500 litres of milk per cow per year with 4.3% butterfat and 3.47% protein mix, milking twice per day. They graze from March through to October and generate 120-150 home-reared heifers annually with an average age at first calving of 24 months.
The farm has increased its resilience by reducing the amount of bought-in feed, all the forage required is grown by the business and half of the concentrate in the form of crimped maize. Farming on a flood plain that can drought out very quickly means there is always a keen focus on home grown forages and high utilisation rates.
Staff are the most important part of the farm and the team have a tremendous, supportive attitude to each other, helping to keep the farm policy on track and everyone understanding their part of the success.