CMC fully acknowledge the dramatic changes British agriculture has undergone in recent years. Technological advancements have made a significant impact but there still never seems to be enough hours in the day. You will be pleased to hear that help is at hand.
Kyrin Wiggins and Sarah Cann are the integral part of our Ruminant Focus Team which provides high quality support to our team by carrying out a diverse range of technical services on farm. Their efforts are targeted to improving herd health and performance by measuring and monitoring, assisting with statutory recording and providing support to our valued customers.
We are constantly being told about the importance of attention to detail on farm and Kyrin and Sarah provide a calm, subjective, consistent approach to the time-consuming jobs that are all too often delayed for another time in place of something more pressing.
Kyrin and Sarah both come from working family dairy farms and are competent stockwomen sharing a real passion for cows.
They are trained to come on to farm and carry out the following services:
- Body Condition Scoring
- Locomotion Scoring (trained to accommodate various scoring systems)
- Dairy Costings
- Interherd reports
- Calf Weighing
A typical day in the life of the CMC Ruminant Focus Team Member, Kyrin Wiggins.
An early start this morning as I take my dog pack out for a quick walk before heading off to my first farm of the day. I arrived at Farm One at 5:30am, in time for the start of morning milking. I am there until 10:30am so that I can locomotion and body condition score the cows during milking time or as the cows go out to grass.
Then off to Farm Two. I tend to group farms together on their location so that I avoid travelling from Cornwall to Somerset in the same day. Occasionally on Farm Two I walk amongst the cows whilst they’re grazing and score them outside, however, it isn’t the greatest job (or particularly easy) when it’s raining – typical British weather!
Then onto Farm Three. I try and see a robot farm third as the cows are normally housed and if I’m behind or ahead of my appointments for that day, robot farms are typically a bit more flexible. I walk quietly amongst the robot herd, scoring each cow.
I do also score some farms during their afternoon milking or as the cows come in for milking from grazing.
Then it’s the journey home.
However, work isn’t finished as the scores I’ve taken for the day need to be typed up into reports and emailed back to the farmers and the CMC Feed Specialist responsible for that farm. There are usually plenty of jobs to do on the home farm and the dogs eagerly await their evening walk – there is no rest for the wicked!
If you would like to utilise any of the services mentioned in this article, please contact the CMC Office on: 01363 772212 or contact your CMC Sales Representative.