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Innovations in Action at Dairy Technology Event

Dairy Technology 2010, to be held at Harper Adams University College on Wednesday May 5, is a comprehensive show aimed at helping professional dairy producers to increase profit by employing the latest technology and innovations.

Dairy Technology Event

Dairy Technology Event

Entry is free for visitors with a pre-booked ticket. Also by simply registering for a ticket, visitors will not only save the £5 entry cost, but also have a chance to win a GreenStar Lightbar guidance unit, worth more than £1,000 (generously supplied by John Deere).

This unique exhibition will be based around Harper Adams’s new, £2.3 million dairy unit, and builds on the success of last year’s Dairy Open Day. It will also feature a comprehensive seminar programme, which includes a range of top presentations from industry experts as well as farm walks, working demonstrations and key exhibitors from the industry.

The event provides a wide range of opportunities for milk producers to see dairy innovation in action. Harper Adams’s state-of-the-art facility demonstrates how new technology is being put to practical use.

Alongside the exhibition will be a number of working demonstrations and presentation stations. Vet Owen Atkinson will be showing how farmers can benefit from using the CowSignals concept to find out ‘what your cows are telling you’.

Jo Speed, of DairyCo, will be providing top tips on tracks – their purpose, siting and construction, concentrating on cow mobility and foot health. While John Deere will be showing how using simple guidance can improve accuracy to prevent overlaps when applying inputs and boost efficiency in a wide range of operations such as mowing, reseeding and cultivating.

Out in the fields, Chris Duller, of DairyCo, will be explaining how taking time to check soil structure and the impact of the previous year’s activity and weather can pay dividends in following crops. Chris will talk through the signs to look for in the soil and actions to address potential problems.

Other important topics in seminars and presentations will look closely at Harper Adams’s research into the topical subject of the welfare implications of grazing high yielding cows, as well as how activity monitors can improve cow health and welfare. Visitors will also be able to find out about recent developments in trace mineral nutrition for dairy cows, as well as rations to reduce methane output from the herd.

Dairy Technology is unique a event in the UK, which provides an opportunity to see the most advanced dairy technology and innovations in action, as well as providing access to the latest research on a wide range of herd management subjects. And it’s free for visitors who register for a pre-booked ticket.

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