Young farmer and previous winner of the NBA Future Beef farmer award, James Bonner will be hosting the farm walk. It will focus on pre and post calving health management.
Sponsored by Calfmatters from Boehringer Ingleheim and Caltech Crystalyx the walk will take place on Thursday the 8th February, starting at 11am and include workshops on optimising neonatal health and balancing nutrition pre and post calving and will be followed by a complimentary lunch.
Visitors will have the chance to view James’s exemplary 300 strong herd of Saler X, Limousin X and Simmental cross cattle which are crossed with a Charolais bulls. James aims to increase the Saler breeding within the herd, breeding his own replacements using a Saler on heifers. Maximising health and welfare on farm is of the utmost importance, and the whole herd is now CheCS accredited.
Bull calves are kept entire and finished in a 16 month system and sold deadweight and heifers are sold through local markets as 12-14 month stores. Cattle are fed on a TMR incorporating home grown maize silage and some bought in concentrates.
Tom Elliott, Vice Chairman of the Midlands NBA Committee said, “The farm is an excellent example of a modern efficient suckler herd with a great future. Through home growing feed and breeding his own replacements, James is producing constant quality cattle for the market. Most definitely worth a visit.”
To book your FREE place please contact NBA head office by calling 01434 601005.
Location: Whitfield House Farm, Brackley, Northamptonshire