The implementation of cow tracks into a dairy grazing system enhances the performance of the herd in multiple ways.
When installed and used correctly farm businesses can see increased profits as a greater mass of forage is made available and higher quality grass can be grown. Farmers can also see improved efficiency in their time with cows conveniently migrating from steading to paddock with minimum stress. Tracks reduce the potential for environmental damage, they allow for more control options in grazing strategies and they are hugely beneficial to cow foot health and animal welfare. However, there’s a lot more to installing a network of cow tracks than using any old stone and a JCB!
- Lorna MacPherson, Senior Dairy Consultant, SAC Consulting
- Hamish Marsden, Farm Vet, Clyde Vets
- Lorna Galloway, Grassland Consultant, SAC Consulting
Topics for discussion
- The correct methods of constructing and maintaining cow tracks
- Managing lameness in the dairy herd
- Dairy cow nutrition in outdoor systems
- Grazing systems suited for cow tracks
- Funding options and support
If you are involved in grazing dairy cattle and are looking to improve dairy performance this is a must-get-to meeting to get an insight into an exemplar farm that is using cow tracks. Join us at Kinbuck Village Hall for the morning session which will be followed by a farm visit in the afternoon. The meeting will conclude at 2:30 pm. Lunch and refreshments are included.
Please use the booking form below to secure your place and to help us arrange catering. Clean footwear suitable for disinfecting is required to ensure biosecurity for the farm visit.
This is the first in a series of meetings about cow tracks for farmers in the South West of Scotland. Details of the other meeting dates and locations can be found on the links below.
Bookings are no longer available for this event.
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