A FIRM supplying animal and livestock feeds has teamed up with a dairy nutritionist to help farmers increase their milk production.
Malpas-based M E Waterhouse, which has been operating in the village since 1967, is working with Colin Orr to offer their combined expertise to dairy farmers.
A partnership programme is being launched during a series of informal presentations, the first of which took place at The Hill Valley Hotel in Whitchurch.
Andrew Waterhouse, sales and marketing director of M E Waterhouse, and Colin Orr spoke to a group of dairy farmers about how they could deliver significantly higher milk yields by working closely together.
Colin says the combination of the right environment, the correct balance of feed used and a willingness to make changes to your overall approach can result in 10,500-11,500 litres of milk per cow.
Most dairy cows have the genetic capability for these higher yields, but these results are not achieved by just a simple change in feed rations.
According to Colin, it is about implementing nutritional innovation to help overcome the factors that can hold back cow performance on many farms. Interested farmers will now visit a farm where this is in practice and the results can be seen.
This will be followed by M E Waterhouse offering its expertise to show farmers how to implement it on their land.
Mr Waterhouse said: “We have seen the benefits of developing a bespoke approach on farms relating to feeding, environment and the way of farming.
“We hope to grow the group of farmers that we are working with to put more of this into practice. Colin’s presentation was well received and it was a positive start to the partnership programme.”