by Delyth Davies, Head of Dairy Development Wales, AHDB Dairy
It has been almost a year since we shared with you the opportunity for farmers to access free herd health and disease control support through our HerdAdvance project. the response to our first round of applications for HerdAdvance was astounding with over 350 dairy businesses signing up and taking advantage of the opportunity to
improve the health and profitability of their herds.
Over the last year, with our support, dairy farmers across the length and breadth of
Wales have been busy focusing on Johnes and genomic testing as well as taking action to reduce instances of lameness and mastitis. Many have also taken up the opportunity for bulk milk testing to identify and then treat diseases.
HerdAdvance aims to promote better herd health management and disease control by supporting farmers to receive advice from their own vet. the project also provides financial and technical support to assist farmers to act upon the recommendations and actions identified by their vet.
Our aim is to assist farmers to make informed management decisions with gathering data being at the heart of the project. the data gathered is used to establish the priorities for improvement on-farm and to measure progress as the project progresses.
I am delighted to announce the next, and possibly final opportunity, for you to apply to be part of the HerdAdvance project.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) Window will open on September 27 and close on November 4. Numbers are limited and we would urge you to take this opportunity by completing and returning the EOI form before the closing date.
Welsh Dairy Farms will receive information regarding this opportunity directly by post or email, so do take advantage of this opportunity to improve your herd’s health and welfare.
the project is being made possible through the Rural Development Programme 2014- 2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union, and we are already seeing the benefits of this important work across the dairy industry in Wales.
For further information please visit ahdb.org.uk/herdadvance