On Thursday 30th September, we got back out on farm for a farm walk at Upper Farm, Staffordshire. Thank you to everyone who came along, we hope you had a great day – plus we managed to dodge the rain despite the dismal forecast!
It was great to see how much Joel and Emma Redfern have achieved at Upper Farm and what their aims are now. A huge thanks to them both for hosting.
On the day we covered three key production areas utilising data from the Redfern’s herd to help demonstrate the theory in practice. These are the key takeaway points from each session:
Monitoring fertility performance regularly helps us to keep track of what is going on, on your farm and make changes if something looks out of place
This may be that we need more training, it may be that we need to investigate disease, it may be that we need to review nutrition
Pregnancy rate = Submission rate x Conception rate
Submission rate = number of cows eligible for service
- To increase submission rate, we either need to improve heat detection or increase the use of synchronisation programmes
- We can look at a first service submission rate and return service submission rate
Conception rate = number of cows served that conceive. This is more difficult to alter
Mobility scoring, including the dry cows and heifers, on a regular basis allows you to identify score 2 and 3 cows quicker and allows for prompt treatment of those cows. Ideally the same, trained, stockperson should mobility score fortnightly, with a RoMS assessor scoring quarterly.
Assessing how cows move around your farm and interact with their environment can highlight areas that may be predisposing to lameness, e.g., Sharp turns or slippery concrete increases risk of white line disease.