Autumn is in full swing and there are lots of EuroDairy webinars taking place over October, covering a range of interesting topics. Find out more and book your place below:
2nd October - "Cows and Opportunities"
Dutch project 'Cows and opportunities' took 16 dairy farmers and industry professionals and looked for practical solutions to meet environmental and societal challenges.
We will explore how the project succeeded and how the industry has benefited. The project delivers tools and practical techniques to improve nutrient efficiency at farm level which is of benefit for all dairy farmers.
Michel de Haan, a researcher at Wageningen Livestock Research and project leader for 'Cows and opportunities', grew up on a dairy farm and still helps in busy times. His main research topics are dairy farm management, nutrient cycles on and around dairy farms, gaseous emissions at the dairy farm level and the cost of milk production in a national and international context.
3rd October - Data collection from mixing wagons
Thomas Anderson, Senior Specialist at SEGES, will discuss the new Danish tool used to transfer data between the Danish herd Management System (DMS) and mixer wagons.
The tool is used on 190 Danish dairy farms, including EuroDairy pilot farmers. During this webinar, we will discuss farmers experiences of using the tool.
Thomas has worked with technology, management and production control on dairy farms for more than 10 years and has a practical approach to the use of data and technology for an on-farm benefit. His objective is to always try and improve farmer’s basis for decisions.
17th October - Responsible antimicrobial use of UK dairy farms - the farmer action group project
How has a farmer-led approach helped to reduce antimicrobial use on UK farms? Graham Wells, a participating farmer gives his insights into being part of the Farmer Action Group project, and cross-border learning on a EuroDairy trip to the Netherlands.
Graham is part of a family team managing and running a 280 strong H-F herd in Somerset, averaging over 8000L/cow/year in an all year round calving pattern.
Lisa Morgans, who has led the initiative, is a veterinarian in the final stages of her PhD training at the University of Bristol, where she is looking at farmer-led approaches to improve farm animal health and welfare.
18th October - The Swedish take on responsible antibiotic use
Ylva Persson will discuss how Sweden has the lowest use of antibiotics in EU, and how other countries can lower their use of antibiotics to reach the same level.
Ylva Persson is an Associate State Veterinarian in ruminant diseases at the Department of Animal Health and Antimicrobial Strategies at the National Veterinary Institute of Sweden. She is also working as a consultant at Växa Sverige, Sweden’s largest advisory health services for dairy herds, where she is responsible for AMR matters.
23rd October - The role of forages as protein sources in dairy systems
What role do forages play as a protein source in dairy systems? Elisabet Nadeau, associate Professor at SLU, Sweden, will cover effects of forage species, the rate of nitrogen fertiliser, wilting, conservation and the use of additives on forage protein and the effects on dairy cow performance.
During the webinar, we will look at the case of EuroDairy pilot farmer Per Larsson, and the use of forages as an efficient protein source for his organic dairy herd.