Walk & Talk: Culter Haugh – Increasing dairy efficiency

Walk & Talk: Coulter Haugh – Increasing dairy efficiency

Time 10:00 - 12:30
Cost 15.00
Cost (Members) 0.00
Capacity 32 of 35
Booking Cut-off Friday 6 Mar, 12:00:pm
Organiser Clare Sturla
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PLEASE NOTE: This event is being postponed until a later date. The new date will be confirmed at the first available opportunity and previous bookings will remain valid when the date is in place.


When the UK milk price was crashing, this business diversified from sheep and beef to dairy as another way of turning a profit. Coulter Haugh Farm is now home to the Kingsbeck Jersey herd. Take a look behind the scenes and hear how this farm has increased its dairy efficiency focusing on soil, nutrition and silage, herd health - particularly calf management - and robotic milking.



9:45am- Registration and teas/coffees

10:00am- Welcome and overview of the farm

10:15am- Robots and calf rearing (Jenny Ogg, Dairy Manager)

10:45am-Genomics and Stockmanship (Robert Hunter, Clyde Valley Jerseys, West Tarbrax)

11:15am- Nutrition (Eoghan Mullery, ARN)

11:45am- Cow health (ARMAC Vets)

12:30pm- Event close


The farm near Biggar has been in the McCosh family since the 1960s and formerly supported flocks of Texel and Blackface sheep, as well as an Aberdeen-Angus cross suckler herd. As a result of some restructuring in 2015, alternative income streams were sought, and dairying was deemed to make most financial sense. After building a strong business plan that was put to Graham’s Dairy, the Kingsbeck LTD Jersey herd was born with Grahams Dairy being the sole buyer of the milk produced. The farm was then repurposed into a functioning dairy unit before the cows arrived in December 2015, with milking starting in February 2016.

The Walk and Talk will discuss the four key areas that are attributed to the success of the herd; genomics and stockmanship, robots and calf rearing, nutrition and cow health.

This event is free of charge to SLE Members, but booking is essential through SLE website. Places are limited so booking is essential.


DateTuesday 10 March

Time: 10am-12:30pm

Location: Kingsbeck Ltd, Coulter Haugh Farm, Coulter, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6PR

Cost: Free for members/£15 +VAT for non-members

Please book online to secure your place.