The winner of the Trouw Nutrition HealthyLife research grant, offered for on-farm innovations that enhance the longevity and well-being of cows, is Dr Tom Chamberlain of the Grazemore consultancy.
The €10,000 award, part of Trouw’s HealthyLife initiative aiming to improve the sustainability of dairy farming by increasing the longevity and performance of dairy cows, is for Grazemore’s project to raise awareness of heat stress problems with dairy farmers.
Dr Chamberlain’s project, working with Trouw and Lallemand Animal Health, aims to demonstrate that heat stress can affect cattle in temperate climate zones such as Europe and the coastal areas of Latin America and North America, while providing farmers with a better tool to help them assess heat stress in their herds.
“Previous research workers have developed animal-based metrics but these have been too invasive or expensive for commercial use,” he says. “Our intention is to develop a metric that is simple to apply on commercial dairy farms.”
Cesar Bratz, technical manager at Trouw Nutrition adds: “At Trouw Nutrition, we are continuously looking for ways to help dairy farmers to increase their Lifetime Daily Yield. We are proud to support the project of Dr Chamberlain, because we are convinced it will help create awareness that heat stress is also a common problem in countries with moderate climates.
“Thanks to the endeavours of Dr Chamberlain, farmers will not only be able to avoid loss of production, but they will also be able to avoid serious animal welfare issues as a result of heat stress.”
For more information about the HealthyLife programme for sustainable dairy farming, visit: https://healthylife.trouwnutrition.com.