6th March 2018

Pre and post calving health management farm walk

Organiser: National Beef Association in association with Boehringer Ingleheim

Viv Sellick, former vice chairman of the South West NBA Committee and long-standing member will be welcoming farmers to his mixed family farm in Taunton, Somerset.

Here, Viv and his family farm 350 acres of arable ground along with their livestock enterprise including 140 commercial suckler cattle and 200 ewes. The sucklers are majority Limousin and Belgium Blue cross Holstein commercial suckler cows which are put to Charloais stock bulls. Progeny are taken through to finish on grass silage and home-grown cereals, finishing at approximately 20-24months. The farm is also home to a 30 herd of pedigree Charolais cattle, pure bred Devon cattle to be used on the stewardship scheme and the beginnings of a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd.

The TB eradication scheme is the number one priority in terms of health management on farm. Prior to TB, the family were selling pedigree Charolais bulls throughout the UK and exporting semen from Escott progeny around the world.

Kindly sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and Caltech Crystalyx, the meeting will focus on optimizing health and nutrition of cattle around calving and maximizing neonatal health and viability.

Location: Escott Farm, Williton, Taunton, Somerset

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