Dairy farmers get rock star treatment at Agri-Lloyd and Alta event

Ruminant nutrition specialists Agri-Lloyd hosted a knowledge transfer day in conjunction with Alta Genetics at Glastonbury to showcase the very best in British dairy farming.

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Farmers attending a presentation at Church Farm

Ruminant nutrition specialists Agri-Lloyd hosted a knowledge transfer day in conjunction with Alta Genetics at Glastonbury to showcase the very best in British dairy farming.

More than 300 farmers from across the UK descended upon two farms in Somerset; 360 acre Church Farm west of Bath and Worthy Farm, home to the infamous music festival Glastonbury, to hear first-hand how their farming staff use nutritional supplements and genetic programmes to achieve the best yields from their herds.

James Hallett, sales director at Agri-Lloyd commented: “Opportunities for knowledge transfer and sharing best practice are vital in the farming industry. Farmers learn from farmers and gain a lot from visiting other sites to develop ideas on how they can improve their own productivity and efficiency.  We are very fortunate to have been welcomed to two such high calibre farms as part of the programme.

“John Taylor, farm manager at Worthy Farm, recently celebrated winning the 2014 National Milk Records/Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Gold Cup, the premier UK dairy herd award in recognition of the farm’s efficiency in commercial dairy production, so the farmers who attended the event were in safe hands and were able to hear from the industry’s finest.”

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Farmers looking at the dairy herd at Worthy Farm

Worthy Farm is a 230 ha unit, home to 385 Holstein cows. The farm is managed by John and his wife Pam who monitor progress, set targets and develop new ideas with the farm’s owner, Michael Eavis CBE.

John Taylor added: “Today was perfect for anyone who is interested in learning more about progressive dairy farming. Following our recent successes, we wanted to take the opportunity to share our experiences and hopefully help other dairy farmers in the process.”

The day’s programme included presentations and workshops hosted by agents from both Agri-Lloyd and Alta Genetics covering subjects such as genomics, cow comfort and slurry and calf rearing.

Alistair Hardwick, owner of Church Farm commented: “I have attended a few open days myself and knew that today would be worthwhile. I have been able to give something back to the farming community by sharing my knowledge and years of experience. I hope those who attended benefitted from the sessions on nutrition, housing and especially breeding and genomics, a hot topic in the farming sector at the moment.”

Part of the Tangerine Group, Agri-Lloyd offers a range of products designed to improve ruminant performance through rumen health and efficiency.

Ioan Davies, owner of Penlan Farm in Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire who attended the event added: “I use a number of Agri-Lloyds products and was interested to hear how John uses Lactaid, a stabilised yeast supplement, to help improve milk production. After hearing what John had to say about the processes at Worthy Farm, I am thinking of using Lactaid as it has helped him achieve a 35 litre average from his herd.”

Agri-Lloyd sells to farmers across the UK through managers and sales agents and will be hosting other open days in due course. For more information visit: www.agrilloyd.com

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