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THE JOURNAL HOLSTEIN UK Scotsbridge House,


Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 3BB Web: ukcows.com Tel: 01923 695200 Fax: 01923 770003


EDITOR: Katie Davidson email: journal@holstein-uk.org Tel: 07809 331161


EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Katie Davidson, Chrissie Long and Jonathan Long.


PHOTOGRAPHY:


Richard Hodgson, Richard Stanton, Tim Scrivener, Katie Davidson, Lucinda Morgan, Jane Steel.


INFORMATION PROVIDERS: CDI, AHDB Dairy Breeding+, CIMRA, CIS, NMR and UDF


COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: West Midland’s winning group of four at UK Dairy Day 2015, by Richard Hodgson.


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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


KATIE DAVIDSON Journal Editor


t is hard to believe this is my seventh issue of The Journal, time flies when you are having fun…or when you are extremely busy. Hot off the press in this new look issue are reports from UK Dairy Day which grew on last year’s success at Telford International Centre. Despite the continued uncertainty around the future of the dairy industry, it was encouraging to see optimism and positivity in visitors to UK Dairy Day. I believe businesses will emerge stronger and more efficient from this difficult time, it has forced farmers to scrutinise their business and make changes to make their business more efficient in order to survive.


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Buy British has been highlighted as one area to encourage the British public to help the future of the dairy industry by buying the Red Tractor. However, this is something farmers could also look at to help keep money in our own economy. Large numbers of European cattle continue to be imported for replacements and to increase herds. There is no better time to buy British cattle, the quality in breeding and type is readily available and traceability for herd health has improved in recent years.


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There is still a lot that can be done to inform the general public and the agricultural industry on the hard facts. Over supply in this country is blamed for the current situation but in actual fact, in July 2015 there was 1211.39 million litres


produced, this was 6% less than June 2015 and 1.1% less than July 2014, however, on average milk price is down 26% on the year. The UK is now producing less milk and importing more solids – with cheese and butter imports up 1000 tonnes in the first six months of 2015.


This issue looks at Sharing Knowledge, something that happens every day on farms in different forms either between generations, with students, the public or even through social media, Boltonmanor, Woodpark, Holmeden and Wormanby show many examples of how knowledge is shared within their businesses. Continuing on this theme are the industry articles on fertility, gutworm, Dairy Pro, and bench marking.


Central Counties Club is the featured Club for this issue and Mark Wood from Portway Holsteins is facing challenges for the future from the HS2 Railway plans. Holstein Young Breeders had a successful and fun filled weekend at Cirencester where the South and Wiltshire Club hosted this year’s Weekend Rally.


The Holstein breed has two milestone achieving cows since the last issue, Astonoak MT Sundae EX95 has become the UK’s second ever LP200 cow when she completed 200 tonnes in her 12th lactation at Denmire. Richaven Raider Squaw classified maximum score of EX97, the second living EX97 cow in the UK at this moment in time.


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