Cow tracks and the improvements they can make to grazing management and efficiency are becoming increasingly important.
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
- Alastair McClelland, Academy Vets
- James Ward, Farm Manager at High Three Mark Farm
- Alison Clark, SAC Consulting
- Seamus Donnelly, SAC Consulting
Topics for discussion
- The correct methods of constructing and maintaining cow tracks
- How to manage lameness in the herd
- Practical locomotion scoring
- 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 High Three Mark Farm, Sandhead.
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 one 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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