Improving profitability and reducing the carbon footprint of the UK dairy industry
Currently, the average first calving (AFC) in the majority of British dairy farms is 26 months, missing a key target of 24 months. Some 15% of heifers fail to enter the milking herd with a further 19% culled during first lactation due to poor health or injury.
Led by Cambridge Animal Technologies in partnership with Agri-EPI Centre and supported by Kingshay, the team’s goal is to achieve 95% reaching first lactation; halving losses and reducing AFC closer to 24 months.
Reducing the numbers of new heifers needed by 10% and the retention of healthier heifers will improve a herd’s overall longevity, productivity and profitability, whilst also delivering significant reductions in GHG emissions over the rearing period.