Strategic Dairy Farm - Launch - Oxford

Published 25 June 18

Join us for the launch of our first autumn block calving Strategic Dairy Farm where the Kinch Family will be provide a honest view of their business including:

  • Background to the farm including a farm tour
  • Current technical performance against AHDB Optimal Dairy Systems defined KPI’s for autumn block calving herds
  • Current financial performance against AHDB Optimal Dairy Systems defined KPI’s
  • The steps they took to change from a an all-year round calving herd to change to their current autumn block and what factors have contributed to their current performance
  • Long term vision for the farm, including a critical look at areas for improvement and future focus including dates and topics for the next meetings

Strategic dairy farms are a key part of our Optimal Dairy Systems approach and will demonstrate best practice, encourage farmer to farmer learning and aid benchmarking by sharing key physical and financial performance data.

About the farm

Buscot Farm has been in the Kinch family for 75 years and is managed by Phil Kinch in partnership with his wife and parents. 

Phil Kinch With Cows Cropped

Based on the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border, just off the M4 near Swindon, the farm consists of 1,000 hectares - a quarter of which is committed to dairy, including a 67 hectare grazing platform, with the remainder given over to arable.

The herd is currently made up of 360 autumn calving cows, with an increasing number of Norwegian Red and Flekveigh cross.

An outbreak of digital dermatitis in 2003 caused fertility to drop and the farm to drift from an autumn block system into all year round calving. The Kinch’s switch back to autumn calving started in 2012, taking two years through a combination of extending dry periods and tightening calving patterns. 

Speaking about their selection Phil Kinch, who manages the farm in partnership with his wife and parents, said:

Opening ourselves up to external challenge as a strategic farm will help keep us focused and challenge us to do better as well as giving us the opportunity to speak to other farmers who are looking to improve.

“We also hope it’ll raise our profile since recruiting god staff is a challenge. We’re fortunate to have Ben Redman as our herd manager as he’s been instrumental in us achieving a 6 week calving rate of 86% and a herd replacement rate of 22%. I hope that people will see that block calving can make dairy farming more interesting, efficient and less stressful because of the distinct periods during the year.” 

Who should attend? 
Anyone who is autumn block calving, thinking of changing to this system or interested in benchmarking their business.   

Date:     Wednesday 11 July  2018

Time:    10:45 prompt – 14:30 (lunch provided so booking essential)
Venue:  Buscot Wick Farm, Faringdon, Oxford, SN7 8DJ (By kind permission of the Kinch family)

To book your FREE place click here  or contact the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771216 or 

For more information contact Izak van Heerden on 07854 507279.

The cost of attending this event is covered through your levy but please ensure you register your attendance for catering purposes.

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

Dairy Pro Points are available for attending this event, Click here for more details.