Walk & Talk: Coulter Haugh – Increasing dairy efficiency
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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 sileage, 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.
Date: Tues 10 March
Location: Kingsbeck Ltd, Coulter Haugh Farm, Coulter, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6PR
Cost: Free for members/£15 +VAT for non-members