Animal health workshops to debut at Dairy-Tech 2020

With AMR reduction still at the forefront of industry thinking, this year’s Animal Health Workshops have been created with the aim of identifying techniques for best practice, which, if applied, will help reduce future antibiotic use.

Boehringer Ingelheim, TB Advisory Service, AHDB and NMR will all present as part of the workshops, taking place on stand P7 in Hall 3.

Boehringer’s #Calfmatters will be working with British Touring car driver Tom Oliphant to launch their 2020 focus on fine tuning calf rearing at Dairy-Tech. The initiative will involve working with farmers and vets to discuss continual series of small changes on farm. Learning from the expertise harnessed in motorsport – optimising quality and efficiency and minimising variation in daily tasks – the session, an open discussion, will examine what systems are in place in the early life of a calf and explain the ‘Kaizen’ theory.

Want to know how milk recording can help identify signs of stress, disease and hunger in dairy cows? NMR will be using their workshop to discuss their ‘HappyMoo’ project – a project designed to identify signs of hunger, stress and disease from monthly DHI milk samples. Similarly to Boehringer, Dairy-Tech will be the launch platform for this initiative.

Sarah Tomlinson from the TB Advisory Service will advise on how you can identify TB risk on your farm and protect your business from the impact of a breakdown. This will include which parts of your business would be affected by a TB breakdown, what you can do to reduce those impacts, what extra costs would be involved and what long term solutions can help build resilience into your business. The session will be interactive with plenty of chance for discussion to ensure maximum knowledge transfer.

AHDB’s workshop will see Dr James Breen discuss QuarterPRO – a new initiative to drive continuous improvement in mastitis control and udder health on farm.

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