14 September 2001

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Dairy cow classes will be sorely missed at this years European Dairy Farming Event, which will be held as a one-day show on Wed, Sep 19. But if you are serious about making the best of your dairy business, it should be an event worth attending.

It will be a valuable opportunity to seek the opinions of others, find out what is happening with milk buyers and check out new industry developments.

Central to this years event will be the Spotlight on Profit forums. In previous years the forums have provided interesting debates and this year offers a similar opportunity. This years topics will include milk pricing, quota, the market post-foot-and-mouth and whether an F&M vaccine should be used.

F&M will remain on the minds of many producers visiting the show. This disease has had a major effect on the running of dairy farms in the past seven months: Many producers will have lost stock, most have been hampered by movement restrictions. Overcoming these problems will take determination, but there will be many people at the event keen to offer solutions and technical advice to keep businesses moving forward.

FARMERS WEEKLY and Strutt & Parker will also be surveying producers to gauge an insight into how they see their future in dairying beyond F&M. Please help us gain an accurate picture by completing the questionnaire, appearing in this Supplement. It can be delivered to either stand at the event or posted in.

CONTENTS

Prospects for milk prices 4

Milk producer survey 6

Good conception with sexed semen 10

Spotlight on Profit forum timetable 11

Free ration checking offer 12

Show winners herd success 14

A future for dairy research 16

Getting on the Milk Train 17

Expand herd with care 18

Competing with world milk production 20

Condition scoring proves valuable 22

Edited by Jessica Buss