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National Milk Laboratories First Visit to Dairy Event

National Milk Laboratories (NML), a sister company of NMR, is exhibiting at the Dairy Event, Stoneleigh, for the first time this year (September 19/20).


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After a period of expansion, NML is now responsible for testing 85% of British milk production on behalf of milk buyers for payment purposes. Both NML sites, at Wolverhampton and Paisley, also have microbiology and disease testing laboratories offering services to buyers, producers, vets and advisers.

NML is also sponsoring the new Farm Health Planning area at this year’s Dairy Event; a major new exhibition specifically designed to encourage farmers to introduce proactive measures to help manage herd disease and improve their livestock’s overall performance. NML, with BCVA, will participate in a programme of discussions within this exhibition, focussing on the cost and control of herd health.

“NML holds fresh bulk milk samples from the majority of our dairy herds,” says NML director Ben Bartlett. “One a week is used for payment testing but spares are kept and can be used, at the producer’s request, for any of the disease tests on offer.

“We will demonstrate this integrated facility to producers at the Dairy Event and show just how easily routine or ad-hoc health tests can be carried out. The real advantage is the cost-effectiveness and timeliness of the services thanks to a milk sample being readily available.”

NML will also be promoting the availability of milk payment test results – that includes milk quality and cell counts –on line. These results are available immediately and, again, using the samples in store, producers can opt for more regular tests if results are out of line.

The main NMR stand will focus on developments in the integrated recording and management services such as Herd Companion and InterHerd used by producers, their vets and advisers. Many of the reports have now been made available to all customers free of charge off the Herd Companion web site.

The NML stand is situated in the Farm Health Planning exhibition on Area C, between the Cattle Sheds and Exhibition Hall 2. The NMR stand is in Exhibition Hall 1.

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