10 May 2002


SVG Intermol and farmers weekly have joined forces to offer milk producers a conference on the challenges facing progressive high output dairy farms, on Jun 13.

The mornings conference sessions aim to aide producers in the decisions that will shape a successful future at low milk prices, both in terms of practical cow management and business planning.

In the afternoon, delegates will board a coach to visit the progressive new 600-cow dairy unit at Kemble Farms, just outside Cirencester.

For further details or to order tickets costing £40 each – including lunch and proceedings – contact the SVG Intermol helpline on 0800-389 8450.

At the dairy unit, delegates will be split into small informal groups and shown around by the farms staff, says Kemble Farms manager David Ball.

Thur, Jun 13, 2002. Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, Glos

Chairman: Pete Kelly (Green and Kelly Farm Business consulting)

10am Arrive and coffee.

10.20am Introduction, Phil Holder, SvG Intermol.

10.30am David Beever, University of Reading. Managing high yielding cows for performance and longevity.

11am David Whitaker, University of Edinburgh. The use of metabolic profiles to extend the life and productivity of high genetic merit dairy cows.

11.30am John Allen, Kite Consulting. Investing in a downturn.

12 noon Mike Bennett, Milk Direct, Dairy Services. Milk management- pushing the limits with exacting standards.

12.30pm Martin Phippen, Sainsburys milk buyer.

1pm Lunch.

2pm Visit Kemble Farms, Cirencester, Glos.

3:30pm Afternoon tea and end of conference.

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