Practical Demonstrations

UK Dairy Day 2021 practical demonstrations were;

  • 'Beneath the Black and White' Calf Painting
  • Foot Trimming, Blocking & Knife Sharpening
  • Type Classification & Linear Scoring in NBDC Breed Village

'Beneath the Black and White' Calf Painting Demonstration

Scarsdale Vets returned to present their innovative and engaging demonstration using paint to visualise and understand calf anatomy. Throughout the day in the external trade stand area there will be ‘Beneath the Black and White’ calf painting and the Scarsdale Vets team will use paint to assist the understanding of calf health and welfare. 

Scarsdale Vets provides exceptional veterinary care to farm animals, horses and pets. We pride ourselves on providing great customer service to you and top-quality care to your animals.  Our farm and equine practice is based in Derby, with twelve dedicated farm vets covering the East Midlands.


Foot Trimming, Blocking & Knife Sharpening

Tim Carter returned to the external trade stand area for practical demonstrations on foot trimming, blocking and knife sharpening.  The qualified team of independent foot trimmers demonstrated the key to the success of any task is having the right tools for the job. The practical demonstrations on dairy cows during the day were streamed to a large TV screen with commentary so visitors could see first-hand the detail of the trimming, blocking and knife sharpening.

They also highlighted The Cattle Hoof Care Standards Board, a self-funding non-profit organisation aimed at improving the health, welfare and mobility of the national herd, through ensuring its members promote, achieve and maintain a recognised and validated standard of cattle hoof care. 

Type Classification and Linear Scoring Demonstrations

During the day, in the breed village by Hall 2, members of the NBDC Classification team ran Type Classification and Linear Scoring demonstrations for the Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein breeds.  In conjunction with the Linear Scoring demonstration, a Virtual Cow demonstration will run on a TV screen. Virtual Cow is an educational tool which graphically illustrates the linear scale for cow conformation traits. This allows for improved understanding of dairy cow conformation and easy visualisation of anatomical differences within each trait across the linear scale.

The National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC) collects, manages, analyses and disseminates data relating to bovines in the UK, including pedigree dairy and beef cattle.