Dairy cattle are shown at the UK Dairy Day© Tim Scrivener

Three additions promise to make the fourth UK Dairy Day more practical and relevant than ever before for dairy farmers flocking to Telford, Shropshire next month.  

Adding value to the milk cheque, veterinary insights into calf anatomy and an explanation of type classifications are three features set to improve the increasingly popular one-day event.

They will complement the usual attractions of one of the country’s leading dairy cattle shows, alongside practical workshops and demonstrations and more than 300 trade stands across 8,000sq metres of exhibition hall.

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This year’s theme is “sharing knowledge”, featuring a learning and development zone on the first floor with engaging and educational seminar sessions both indoors and outside.

Event details

  • What UK Dairy Day 2017
  • Where International Centre, Telford TF3 4JH
  • When Wednesday 13 September
  • What time 8:00am-5:30pm

What’s indoors?

  • Cattle show Six breeds battle it out for Holstein, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey and Jersey honours and a prize pot of £20,000.
  • Sharing Knowledge Zone Find a career zone and seminars on the first floor
  • Two seminar areas Industry experts will deliver six 20-minute seminars followed by a 10-minute question and answer sessions. Running from 10am with last presentations starting at 3.30pm.
  • Trade stands More than 300 stands of international and European dairy industry experts and leaders across four trade stand areas.

What’s outside?

  • Beneath the black and white calf Scarsdale Vets will be teaching visitors about calf health and welfare through painting. This engaging and innovative approach will get participants visualising and understanding calf anatomy and the musculoskeletal nervous system and internal organs.
  • Foot-trimming and knife sharpening Tim Carter, David Rowe, Ema Glaze and Andrew Tyler are all independent fully qualified foot-trimmers doing demonstrations streamed live to a TV screen with commentary.

New features

  • Making more from milk Learn how to make more from your milk through vending machine, ice cream, yoghurt and other supply chain initiatives. Located in the Newport suite.
  • Calf-rearing zone All aspects of calf rearing are covered (health, feeding, environment) alongside businesses promoting calf-rearing products and services. Sponsored by Volac.
  • National Bovine Data Centre breed village Each breed society present to promote cattle, society and membership. This area will showcase the type classification service. Located in hall three near the cattle lines.

Location

UK Dairy Day is held at The International Centre in Telford, a state of the art exhibition venue with on-site catering, leisure areas, hotels with nearby restaurants and shopping centre.

Located just off the M54, junction 4 or 5, the venue is ideally situated with extensive free car parking and easy access signposted by dedicated AA road signs for UK Dairy Day.

Great rail connections with Telford Railway Station in walking distance, however a free shuttle bus with operate.

Two airports within an hour’s drive – Birmingham (BHX) and East Midlands (EMA).

Seminar presentations 

The first-floor Sharing Knowledge Zone includes a dedicated area for seminar presentations. Presentations will start at 10am and finish at 4.40pm featuring a line-up of 18 speakers. Each presentation will be 15 minutes followed by five minutes for questions.

Time

Zone one – presentation

Zone two – presentation

10am

Reducing the impact of calf pneumonia in your replacement heifers. Presented by Sioned Timothy, Merial Animal Health

 

10.20am

 

Fibre – the hidden nutrient. Presented by Dr Jamie-Leigh Douglas, AB Vista

10.40am

The true cost of IBR to the UK cattle industry – how can you make a difference on-farm? Presented by Andrew Montgomery, MSD

 

11am

 

Powering the Rumen for efficiency and profit. Presented by Peter Van der Vegt, technical sales support manager, Diamond V

11.20am

Antibiotic resistance, how is it going to affect me and my farm? Presented by Rachel Hayton, XL Vets

 

11.40am

 

Managing dry cows for optimum health and performance. Presented by Professor Jud Heinrichs, Penn State University c/o Alltech

12pm

What are the differences between heat detection methods? Presented by Maggie Fisher, Ridgeway Research

 

12.20pm

 

The evolution of cloud computing in the dairy industry. Presented by Jiska Healy, Dairy Master

12.40pm

Parlour Safe – Accredited Milking Machine Technicians. Presented by John Baines, Parlour Safe

 

1pm

 

Dairy Prospects post Brexit. Presented by AHDB

2pm

Cows and money – growing and investing in dairy businesses, tax and financing. Presented by Rob Hitch, Dodd & Co

 

2.20pm

 

“Less sore; more floor” – what is the perfect walking surface for cows? Presented by Owen Atkinson, Moore Concrete

2.40pm

Keeping ahead of the game. Presented by Angela Rhodes, Red Tractor

 

3pm

 

Genomic testing: GPLI versus GTPI. Presented by Dr Darren Todd, NBDC

3.20pm

Growing your future – how to optimise calf rearing in dairy enterprises. Presented by Professor Jud Heinrichs, Penn State University c/o Alltech and Paul Mardell, GLW Feeds

 

3.40pm

 

Milk pregnancy testing – its ‘positive’ role in herd management. Presented by Jonathan Statham, IDEXX

4pm

National Johne’s Action Plan – Phase two actions. Presented by Pete Orpin, Action Johne’s

 

4.20pm

 

Reducing antimicrobial use on your farm. Presented by John Remnant, Nottingham Uni