Strategic Dairy Farm - Lanarkshire - Launch Event

When: August 29th 2018 10:45 to 14:30 
Location: ML12 6NE

Join us at the launch of our Scotland All-Year-Round (AYR) calving Strategic Dairy Farm where William Baillie will be open, honest and transparent in providing an overview of their business including:

  • Background to the farm including a farm tour
  • Current technical performance against key performance indicators (KPI’s) for AYR calving herds
  • Current financial performance against KPI’s
  • Long term vision for the farm, including a critical look at areas for improvement and future focus.

Who should attend? Anyone who is all-year-round calving and keen to learn from others to lower costs and increase efficiency.

Date:               Wednesday 29 August 2018
Time:              10:45 prompt – 14:30 (lunch provided so booking essential)
Venue:            Hillhead of Covington, Thankerton, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6NE

(By kind permission of William Baillie)

To book your FREE place contact the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771216 or for more information contact Karen O’Callaghan-Lowe on 07759 586321.

The cost of attending this event is covered through your levy but please ensure you register your attendance for catering purposes. If you have any special dietary requirement please contact us as soon as possible   

Please bring a clean pair of wellington boots to help with the biosecurity and out of respect to the host’s farm business.

 About Strategic Dairy Farms

 Strategic dairy farms help farmers learn from each other through regular on-farm meetings where we will share key performance data and showcase what the best farmers are doing.

They form part of the Optimal Dairy Systems programme which aims to help dairy farmers lower costs and increase efficiency by focusing on either a block or all year round calving system.

The growing network of strategic dairy farms have calculated key performance indicators (KPI’s) for their enterprises which are shared at meetings and published online. These are physical and financial performance measures that are critical to success. Farmers can benchmark their businesses against these KPI’s and identify areas for improvement.

About The Farm

William Ballie bought Hillhead of Covington in 1997 which consists of 195 hectares of grassland and arable cropping. Since then William has grown the milking herd from 50 to 310 pedigree Holsteins with the aim of reaching 400 cows. 

Housed all year round, the herd is milked three times a day and is fed a diet of mainly grass silage, whole crop and draff.

Benchmarking has played an important part in the business for over five years by enabling him to set key performance targets and measure progress towards being among the best performing herds.

William’s ultimate aim is to improve his business performance by focusing on two important areas; nutrition and genetics. Having started a mating programme three years ago William is now considering whether use of genomics would improve his breeding performance further.

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