Operating a highly stocked flying herd will be the topic when Whitby Dairy Discussion Group holds its next meeting on Monday December 7.
A presentation will be given by Richard Bowdler, of NC Bowdler & Sons Ltd, a family owned dairy farming business in Shropshire.
Richard is one of four directors alongside his parents and brother.
Since Richard and later his brother, Robert, joined the business in 1998, rapid expansion has taken place from 300 cows in one herd to around 3,000 cows in total on four separate units.
Management is similar on all farms with flying herds milked three times a day. Cows are mainly housed, although around 500 low yielders are grazed in summer on what is generally a high input high output system.
Whitby Dairy Discussion Group is a not-for-profit organisation solely developed to help, support and guide this group of Dairy Farmers to work together.
Its aims are:
• To support, inform and educate, particularly by discussion group meetings, competitions, farmer collaboration and cooperation.
• To maintain and develop a viable dairy farming community in the North Yorkshire area.
A spokesperson for the group said: “We are continuously looking for new members or sponsors to help keep this group running and active, as it is now the only one of its type in this area, with members at present attending from the North York Moors and Coastal areas.
“All dairy farmers and associated business representatives are welcome.”
The next meeting is on Monday 7 December at The Stables, Cross Butts, Guisborough Road, Whitby, YO21 1TL, from 7.45pm.
Please contact secretary Joyce Stangoe for further details if required on 07733 615650.