I grew up on a dairy farm in Carmarthenshire where my brother and father breed pedigree Holsteins, I now live in Ceredigion where my partner and I contract farm a herd of 300 spring block calving dairy cows. Outside of the farm I work full time as a farm business consultant for The Andersons Centre and part time as a farm consultant, freelance writer, and private tutor. I enjoy travelling, reading, drawing, and retraining my ex racehorse Woody.
Can the UK improve the ethics of its dairy calf management while retaining profitability?
Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust
Through the Nuffield project I hope to gain a better understanding of where the UK sits globally in terms of dairy calf welfare, and what can be done to improve it. I will look at options for dairy bull calves such as integration into the red meat chain, and best practices for sexed semen use. I will also look at the challenges and opportunities of calf at foot rearing, and whether this can work in a conventional dairy farm on a standard milk contract. I will visit other industries that have managed ethical considerations and “wastage” e.g. horse racing. I hope that my scholarship will positively influence my farming career as well as that of others.