Dairy Innovation in Practice - David Hunter (Newtownstewart)

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 10:30 – 15:00
43 Droit Road, Newtownstewart, United Kingdom

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) invites all dairy farmers, industry representatives and stakeholders to ‘Dairy Innovation in Practice' which will be held across three dairy farms in Northern Ireland during early September. The on-farm events are being organised in conjunction with AgriSearch, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) and the Ulster Grassland Society (UGS) and will be held on farms in counties Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone from the 12th to the 14th of September.

This event is kindly hosted by David Hunter. David operates a spring block calving system, milking 75 cows.

The event will run from 10.30 to three with each tour lasting approx. two and a half hours. A maximum group size applies to each tour, so book early to get your preferred time.  To book a place click here.

Announcing the event, Dr Sinclair Mayne (AFBI CEO) commented that “Whilst milk price has significantly increased from this time last year, controlling costs of production and maintaining high levels of production efficiency must remain critical goals for all milk producers".

The on-farm events will focus on a number of critical areas in relation to driving increased efficiency at farm level, based on the latest research findings from AFBI. Research in AFBI covers a wide spectrum of dairy-related issues and the event will provide all those with an interest in milk production with the most recent information and knowledge in areas such as:

  • Back to basic in calf rearing
  • Getting more from your soil
  • Making the most of your grass
  • Controlling feed costs this winter
  • Building a healthy herd


In the interests of biosecurity, those attending are asked to wear clean clothing and footwear not normally used on-farm.