22 SEP 2010

Robotic milking

It was a pleasure to catch up with the Perratons at Winslade Farm, to tour their new milking parlour and discuss the proposal for a cull of badgers in areas of high incidence of Bovine TB. This would not lead to the extinction of this much loved animal, but I do believe it would allow for the reduction in TB which would eventually benefit cattle and badges alike.

Farmers in the South Hams are also having to cope with low milk prices (receiving just 23 pence per litre from Dairy Crest), whilst themselves having to face a doubling in their feed costs. Having lost17 out of 30 in calf heifers to TB, it is not hard to see why so many dairy farms across the South Hams have closed in recent years.

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