Block calving fertility workshops

Published 28 March 18

Tightening up block calving periods will be the focus of an upcoming breeding management workshops. 

Block calving herds who calve 90% of their cows in the first 6 weeks of calving outperform those with longer calving periods. This approach allows cows longer recovery time post calving, more days in milk, calves of closer age groups and can reduce the effect of human fatigue at the tail end of calving.

Cows and heifers calved within the first 6 weeks is one of the block calving key performance indicators highlighted through our Optimal Dairy Systems work to help farmers benchmark their performance and identify areas for improvement.

Nationally recognised veterinary experts Dave Gilbert and Kate Burnby will lead the workshops, focusing on how farmers can use key performance indicators (KPIs) to improve their calving period and their bottom-line.

The workshops will also cover pre-mating checks, nutrition, health and body condition scoring, heat detection techniques, tools and AI protocols, heifer synchronisation, sexed semen and bull MOTs.

Dates and locations for the workshops are as follows:

Date Location Address/ Link to Book
4th April


Best Western Moffat House Hotel, High Street, Moffat, Dumfriesshire DG10 9HL

5th April  Cumbria

The Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 8RP

5th April  Dorset  Perry Farm, Bagber, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2HB 
6th April Cornwall

Victoria Inn, Victoria Road, Roche, Saint Austell PL26 8LQ

9th April  Leicestershire 

Melton Mowbray Golf Club, Thorpe Arnold LE14 4SD 

9th April  Pembrokeshire 

Nant y Ffin, Llandissilio, Clynderwen, SA66 7SU 

10th April  Shrewsbury 

The Farm, Longnor, Shrewsbury, SY5 7PP 

10th April  Denbighshire

Plough Inn,The Roe, St Asaph, LL17 0LU 

11th April  Warrington 

Park Royal Hotel, Stretton Road, Stretton, Warrington, WA4 4NS 

12th April  Burton-on-Trent 

Castle Hayes Farm, Castle Hayes Lane, Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 9HL