SDT Autumn Conference 2024: Smart dairy farm practices to enhance milk quality, productivity, nutrition and functionality

Nov. 21, 2024, 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.







8.30                 Registration/Coffee/Trade stand viewing

9.15                 Welcome Address: Nick Edwards, President, SDT

9.20                 Paper 1:          Macro picture of dairy farming in the UK and implications for the future (John Powell, DEFRA)

9.50                 Paper 2:          How a structured crossbreeding plan can help a dairy business (Chris Stone, Viking Genetics)

10.20               Paper 3:          Adaptation to climate change: How nutrition can help cow health, milk production and quality under heat                                                                                                                        stress conditions (Daniel Rico, CRSAD)

10.50               Coffee and Trade Stand viewing

11.30               Paper 4:          The impact of multispecies pasture on both milk production and milk composition (Alann Jezequel &                                                                                                                                 Renata Kostovska, Teagasc)

12.00               Paper 5:          Low methane feed approaches and their effect on milk yield and composition (TBC, DSM)

12.30               Paper 6:          Innovations in antibiotic testing (Alexandre Precania, Unisensor)

13.00                                         Lunch/Trade Stand viewing/Optional Tour Shrewsbury Town FC

14.15               Paper 7:          Dairy farm automation, cow health and milk quality (Richard Barnaby, Lely)

14.45               Paper 8:          Dairy Farm digitalisation for enhanced productivity (Ryne Braun,

15.15               Paper 9:          Challenges to the farmer in transitioning to chlorine-free cleaning (Kathryn Kenneally, Dairy Direct)

15.45               Closing remarks: Nick Edwards, President SDT


(Link to printable programme HERE)


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