QMMS recently held a one-day symposium on the challenges facing the modern dairy herd to celebrate the opening of it's new premises at Cedar Barn.

The symposium consisted of five presentations on topics including automatic milk harvesting and sensing (Ian Ohnstad, The Dairy Group), ensuring dairy herd health and the role of the farm vet (Prof Martin Green, University of Nottingham) and the challenges of dairying in the 21st century from a farmer's perspective (Nick Tyler, Kingsplay Holsteins) to an audience that included local dairy farmers, industry representatives, members of the farming press, consultants and veterinary surgeons.

In addition, Wopke Beukema from Delta Instruments updated the meeting on the latest in milk constituent analysis and Dr Andrew Bradley from QMMS discussed the role of antibiotics in mastitis control and the issues surrounding the concern over resistence.