This year's UK Dairy Day at Telford will will again feature key practical demonstrations to assist dairy farmers and herdsmen in cow and calf welfare and breed improvement.

The main animal demonstrations include: Beneath the black and white calf painting; foot trimming, blocking and knife sharpening and type classification and linear scoring in NBDC breed village.

Beneath the black and white calf painting demonstration

Scarsdale Vets return to present their innovative and engaging demonstration using paint to visualise and understand calf anatomy. Throughout the day in the external trade stand area there will be beneath the black and white calf painting and the Scarsdale Vets team will use paint to assist the understanding of calf health and welfare. They will also paint the calf head to demonstrate the disbudding nerve block, and calf chests and abdomens to talk about pneumonia and digestion.

Foot trimming, blocking and knife sharpening

Tim Carter returns to the external trade stand area for practical demonstrations on foot trimming, blocking and knife sharpening. The qualified team of independent foot trimmers will demonstrate the key to the success of any task is having the right tools for the job. The practical demonstrations on dairy cows during the day will be streamed to a large TV screen with commentary so visitors could see first-hand the detail of the trimming, blocking and knife sharpening.

They will also be highlighting The Cattle Hoof Care Standards Board, a self-funding non-profit organisation aimed at improving the health, welfare and mobility of the national herd, through ensuring its members promote, achieve and maintain a recognised and validated standard of cattle hoof care.

Timetable:

9.30am Knife sharpening demonstration

10.00am Foot trimming in an upright crush

11.00am Foot trimming with a roll over crush

11.30am Knife sharpening demonstration

12.00pm Foot trimming in upright crush and correct application of a foot block

1.00pm Foot trimming in an upright crush

1.30pm The importance of having the right tools for the job – knives and skills

2.00pm Foot trimming with a roll over crush

3.00pm Foot trimming in upright crush and correct application of a foot block

3.30pm Foot trimming with a roll over crush

Type classification and linear scoring demonstrations

During the day, in the breed village by Hall 2, members of the NBDC classification team will run type classification and linear scoring demonstrations for the Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein breeds.

At each session, the audience has the opportunity to learn more about the services offered to dairy farmers. In conjunction with the linear scoring demonstration, a virtual cow demonstration will run on a TV screen. Virtual Cow is an educational tool which graphically illustrates the linear scale for cow conformation traits. This allows for improved understanding of dairy cow conformation and easy visualisation of anatomical differences within each trait across the linear scale.

Timetable:

11.30am Type classification and linear scoring demonstration

1.30pm Type classification and linear scoring demonstration

3.30pm Type classification and linear scoring demonstration