Following the success of the Dairy Demo Day in 2016, it was decided to hold a similar event again in the region of North Wales on 18th October.

The morning was spent on Rhiwlas Farm, Bala. Farm manager Sam Carey shares a joint farming agreement with the owner of Rhiwlas Estate, Richard Price. In 2015, the farm was converted into a dairy farm where a 50-point rotary parlour was installed. As well as keeping 500 dairy cattle and 200 followers he also uses a grassland management system. Rhiwlas also operates on the Farming Connect Lean Management project based on reducing inputs, increasing farm efficiency, improving net profit, reaching higher levels of operational performance and understanding the connections within different processes and associated effects. When managing the grass Sam is able to ensure that the stock receives the best quality grass whilst reducing inputs to increase efficiency.

For the second part of the day, we visited Genus Breeding Centre in Ruthin. Members received a presentation from Laura Peyton, where some of the best beef and dairy bulls in the industry were exhibited. There members received an insight into how the semen is collected, processed and stored.

Dafydd Jones, Chair of Wales YFC Rural Affairs said;
The day had been an eye opener for all members to see such a simple farming system in place that had proven successful to Sam’s business. Since the transformation into a dairy system it is clear that Sam has used his expertise in the field to reduce costs and increase proficiency in a simple and effective manner. Visiting Genus had also been a very unique experience as we got an insight into the breeding and genetics of the bulls alongside the day to day management of the site.

We would like to thank Sam Carey, Rhiwlas Farm and the Genus Animal Breeding Centre for their work during the day.