Rethinking cattle performance

Following the success of the 2017 Rethinking Cattle Performance campaign, Farmers Weekly, in association with Zoetis, Volac and XLVets, are hosting our second series of workshops this year to help farmers take the next step in the journey of promoting healthier cattle and improving productivity.

The 2018 events will continue to provide farmers with straightforward technical knowledge to help dairy heifer and beef rearers create better businesses. This will be supplemented by practical examples of how delegates can do this back on their own farms.

As in 2017, Farmers Weekly will host farmers from various cattle systems from across the UK at the workshops. Delegates will be given the opportunity to network with peers and sponsors and learn from experts around the topics of nutrition, health and disease management.

The workshops will cover several different targeted and timely topics in a one-day format. Topics will vary to reflect location, attending-delegate systems and seasonal priorities. The agenda for the day will include theoretical sessions with expert speakers and lots of practical demonstrations to show how to put this advice into practice.

Attendees will be asked to complete a short anonymous questionnaire following registration. This information will be used at the start of the workshops to provide a short introduction and benchmark those present against what is happening more generally across the industry.

The workshops

Farmers Weekly will work with three farms around the UK that are currently running their cattle rearing enterprises to exemplary standards. These farms and farmers will each host a best-practice workshop focusing on different aspects of calf rearing systems to represent the diversity of management techniques seen across the country.

Attendees at these workshops will have the chance to learn from the host farmers, leading experts in the fields of cattle, health, nutrition, as well as experienced veterinary surgeons and disease management.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss important issues facing you as a cattle rearer with these experts and your peers.

The 2018 workshops will focus on:

  • Calf feeding in first weeks of life
  • Weaning
  • Colostrum management
  • Disease & vaccination

2018 Workshops

Workshop 1
Dairy farmers rearing heifer replacements
24 May 2018
10.00 – 15.00
Shropshire

Workshop 2
Dairy farmers rearing heifer replacements (genomics)
23 August 2018
10.00 – 15.00

Workshop 3
Beef farmers with suckler herds also rearing bought-in calves
25 October 2018
10.00 – 15.00

Headline Sponsors

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