AHDB is holding an on farm event hosted by dairy farmer, Jim Baird, at his farm, Nether Affleck, near Lanark on Tuesday, September 14. He will be discussing the practical aspects of growing a successful business through producing and utilising grass and forage.

Jim runs 230 dual-purpose milkers, most are a two-way cross using black and white cows with Norwegian Red and Montbeliarde, with yields of around 8300 litres. Approximately 5000 litres come from forage with four cuts of silage made to ensure high quality.

Jim explained: "It’s the first chance in a long time to meet face to face so hopefully everyone is ready for a day away. It will be great to share and discuss how we can get more from soil and grass and keep our businesses moving forward. It should be an ideal opportunity for a catch up and as an added incentive there will be catering so everyone can have a nice Aberdeen-Angus roll for lunch."

The event is being organised by AHDB Dairy, the British Grassland Society (BGS) and Livestock Improvement Commission (LIC). A range of topics will be discussed including grass, silage for winter milk production, the right cow for the system, transition cow management and the role of benchmarking in helping make decisions for business success.

The event starts at 10.30 am and will conclude with a light lunch (covid restrictions allowing) and the opportunity to talk with trade sponsors. To assist with biosecurity and conform to government guidelines please ensure outer clothing and vehicles are clean and that clean boots that can be disinfected are worn. Please note children under the age of 16 and dogs are not allowed at the event, even if staying in the car.

This event will be subject to local Covid-19 restrictions.