Practical Demonstrations

UK Dairy Day 2019 will feature practical demonstrations as follows;

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

NBDC Breed Village

The NBDC breed village will feature practical demonstrations and breed societies trade stands. During the day members of the NBDC Classification team will run Type Classification and Linear Scoring demonstrations for the Ayrshire, Jersey and Holstein breeds.  At each session, the audience has the opportunity to learn more about the services offered to dairy farmers. 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.

Foot Trimming, Blocking & Knife Sharpening

The external area will see the return of Tim Carter, David Rowe and Em Glaze for practical demonstrations on foot trimming, blocking and knife sharpening.  The qualified team of independent foot trimmers know the key to the success of any task is having the right tools for the job, which was demonstrated on dairy cows during the day. The practical demonstrations 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 will also be highlighting 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. 

'Beneath the Black and White' Calf Painting Demonstration

Scarsdale Vets will be present in the calf rearing zone with their innovative and engaging demonstration using paint to visualise and understand the cow and calf anatomy. Throughout the day 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.  They will also paint the calf head to demonstrate the disbudding nerve block, and calf chests and abdomens to talk about pneumonia and digestion.

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.