Later this week, members of the European Board of Bovine Experts (EBBE) will hold their fourth meeting in the UK.
The group of experts will look take the time to discuss how this summer's volatile weather has had an effect on feed costs and feed quality across the world.
Dr Mary Beth de Ondarza from the US and Dr Sergio Casamiglia from the University of Barcelona will look at what effect high feed costs and lower feed quality may have on transition cows.
Later on, Paola Amodeo, a consultant from Italy, will give an evaluation of feed management in a dairy herd.
The experts will also visit a dairy farm in Cheshire, milking 350 high yielding cows. The herd calf all year round on a typical UK system, utilising a total mixed ration and grazing.
The farm is family run, but management is progressive and forward thinking having recently improved rearing facilities and provided facilities for the separate housing of first lactation cows. A new milking parlour is also being installed.
EBBE was established in April 2011 by DSM Nutritional products. EBBE is an independent advisory board that offers guidance and advice based on current scientific knowledge, management practices, genetics, veterinary science and nutritional requirements.
EBBE is in the process of establishing a website to communicate and publish these discussions. More details of this will follow soon.
EBBE board members include specialists in cattle genetics (Dr John Cook from the UK), in veterinary reproduction (Professor Jo Leroy from the University of Antwerp, Belgium), in feed processing (Dr Mary Beth de Ondarza, USA), in veterinary science & cattle nutrition (Dr Carsten Zech, Germany, and Professor Daniel Sauvant of INRA, France), dairy farm management consultants (Dr Paola Amodeo from Italy and Dr James Husband from UK), and professors from the Universities of Barcelona, Copenhagen and Potsdam (Dr Casamiglia and Professor Enevoldsen, and Dr Schweigert respectively).