FREE FARM MANAGEMENT ADVICE

Making the most of farm livestock buildings will be the focus for a workshop on June 27, with specialist speaker Jamie Robertson of Livestock Management Systems. The event is being hosted at Youlden Farm, North Bovey, as part of the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project training programme.

The DHFP said this week: “Making the most of existing and new farm buildings is increasingly important to maximize productivity and to promote good welfare standards for livestock. Careful planning and research can not only save money but ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of the business.

“Many factors can influence the performance of a building. This can range from its orientation and aspect through to how animals are batched, housed and fed. The workshop will help to explore these themes.”

Jamie Robertson said: “Many farms can improve the functionality of existing buildings with simple modifications to improve ventilation, air movement and holding capacity. Simple solutions can deliver significant benefits and should be integral to the planning and design of new buildings.”

Other contributors to the free workshop, 11 am to 3.30 pm, will cover topics including animal health, mortgage advice and planning applications. The day will be broken down a mix of presentations and group discussion, reviewing the livestock buildings at Youlden Farm.

To reserve a place call 01822 890913 or email hfp@dartmoor.gov.uk

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