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Professor Adam Lock from Michigan State University will be discussing the hows and whys of feeding fats at this June’s TotalDairy Seminar. British Dairying visits a farm in Herefordshire where fat supplementation and top notch feed management are helping to achieve high yields, constituents and fertility.

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Dairy cows show specific changes in behaviour several weeks prior to calving which could be used as a way to predict and prevent different transition diseases, according to new research from Spain.

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All parts of the supply chain should take responsibility for animal welfare and carry out their own, simple audits, said world renowned animal behaviour expert Temple Grandin at the recent TotalDairy Seminar, Gloucestershire.

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Dairy farmers could make big gains in performance by feeding high starch rations with good starch degradability, but they need to ensure top notch management "to avoid walking off the edge of a cliff."

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In a TotalDairy Seminar workshop on youngstock nutrition and growth, Professor Sergio Calsagmiglia emphasised the importance of investing in early heifer growth to benefit from better performance in lactation and said there was a need to reassess feed management.

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World renowned animal behaviour expert Dr Temple Grandin will share her thoughts on cattle handling in a series of seminars and farmer workshops.

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Australian Dairy consultant, Ian Lean will be covering the latest research findings on acidosis and transition cow management in his lectures and small group workshops.

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Dr Chris Hudson from Nottingham University will be focusing on which key performance indicators (KPIs) farmers can look at to track fertility and placing realistic costs against poor fertility in different systems.

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Dairy farmer benefits from installing handling system with Temple Grandin's principles

Yorkshire farmer, Roger Hildreth has seen big management benefits since putting in a handling system that adheres to Dr Temple Grandin's principles surrounding animal behaviour. With Dr Grandin speaking at this year's TotalDairy Seminar, our media partner British Dairying spoke to Roger to find out more.

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TotalDairy Seminar Talk Helps Nottingham Farm Improve Calf Health

After attending last year's TotalDairy Seminar, Nigel Armstrong from the Nottingham University farm made some big changes to building ventilation and has seen marked improvements in calf health. As part of our media partnership with British Dairying, the TotalDairy Team caught up with Nigel to find out what he learnt from the event and what practical change he has made as a result. Article originally appeared in British Dairying.

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