Field lab: How do liquid minerals affect dairy cow health and productivity? - meeting postponed

05 December 2012 14:00 - 05 December 2012 16:30

Park Farm, Minsterley, Shropshire SY5 0DH

The meeting has been postponed. We will let you know once an alternative date has been arranged. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
 

This field lab is for farmers interested in improving cow health by the use of mineral supplements. Having demonstrated need from blood and urine sample results, a blend of liquid minerals has been produced for use on Park Farm. A study is being run to see if strategic dosing of water with minerals enhances cow health and ultimately productivity. Whilst this approach is commonplace in non-organic production it does not fit easily within the organic standards, so the aim is to understand how supplementation compares with other short and long term methods of overcoming deficiencies.

This event is one of our ‘field labs’, where producers meet on a farm that is trying out an innovative approach to sustainable management. As well as comparing notes with other farmers (organic and non-organic) and sharing best practice, field labs are a chance to learn how to run trials effectively on your own farm. At the first workshop you get to know the farm, agree the aspect you want to study and, if a trial or research isn’t already running, design it. You can then choose to meet up to three times more, with us providing a researcher and facilitator to help get the most from the sessions, to track how the trial works out.

The field labs are part of the Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme which the Soil Association is running with the Organic Research Centre. The programme encourages scientists and policy makers to listen to farmers’ research priorities – including ideas you suggest at the field labs – and has a small research fund so we can tackle the most crucial needs directly.

Format of the meeting:

  • Introduction to Park Farm dairy – Jeremy Dale   
  • Overview of Field Labs, how they work – Martin Davies   
  • Farm walk – Jeremy Dale                   
  • Group discussion and study design               
  • Wrap up discussion and setting next meetings – Martin Davies   

Please tell us if you wish to attend this meeting by calling 0117 914 2400 or emailing mdavies@soilassociation.org to ensure we have enough space for discussion

About Park Farm

Park Farm is home to around 300 cows producing in the region of 1.2m litres of organic milk from grass.  All the milk is sold via OMSCo.

How to get there

By road: Take the A488 Bishops Castle road out of Shrewsbury and follow this to Minsterley. After the creamery at the roundabout turn right onto the B4499 (Leigh Road) after 200 yards turn left at the button roundabout and follow the road for about ¼ mile. Approximately 200 yards after the cemetery you will see a concrete drive signed Park Farm. Any problems please call 07968 328647.



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