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21-10-2015

Middlewich dairy farmer scoops national award

Afbeelding: Adrian Smith

A Middlewich dairy farmer has won a national award which recognises the exceptional use of forage resources.

Adrian Smith was announced as the winner of Forage Manager of the Year at the Farm Business Cream Awards held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham last month.

The event was attended by 400 dairy industry guests including National farmers Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond.

Mr Smith runs Brook House Farm in Middlewich with the help of three full time members of staff who are responsible for a herd of 210 milkers.

Calving takes place year-round and cows are producing an average of 8,600 litres – Adrian said no forage resource is wasted on the farm illustrated in the fact 62% of milk produced is obtained from forage.

He added: “I was really pleased to be shortlisted as a finalist in the awards.

“To find out that I had won the category was fantastic and reflects all the hard work that my team put into producing as much milk from forage as possible.

“Around 62% of our milk comes from forage and I am always trying to increase this figure. For me, the focus isn’t on increasing yields but getting more from my forage resources.”

One of the farm’s key focuses is to produce the best quality silage possible, regularly achieving silage protein contents above 17%.

To ensure supplies of high quality silage, leys are regularly reseeded, the content of clamps carefully recorded and mineral analysis of silage samples are taken throughout the year.

Adrian works closely with his local ForFarmers feed specialist Nick Johns, who has helped the farm maximise their milk production from forage.