A series of UK wide cow signals workshops has been designed to increase farmers’ understanding of cow behaviour and show how changes to their environment can improve productivity, health and longevity.

Led by cow signal master trainers and limited to 15 attendees per workshop, these on-farm sessions will help farmers identify the signs of underlying problems, highlight risk areas and share practical solutions.

Aimed at farmers and their staff who house their herd for most of the year, the workshops support AHDB’s strategic aim to accelerate productivity growth to get the best out of production systems.

David Ball, AHDB environment and buildings senior manager and cow signals master trainer, said: “Farmers look at their cows every day and their behaviour, habits and physical appearance can all give clues to their health, wellbeing and comfort.

“We’re encouraging farmers to see their cows from a fresh perspective, to take time to really examine their behaviour and habits.

"Are their cubicles providing optimal comfort, are the feeding facilities optimised? Are there physical signs indicating that her environment could be affecting her wellbeing and productivity?

“By noticing these signals, we can improve their well-being, productivity and longevity – leading to a more profitable business.”

The workshops in the south west are:

Cornwall (location TBC) - June 26

Devon (location TBC) - June 27

Rix Farm, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RA - June 28

Parnham Park Farm, Crook Hill, Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5LY - July 9

Newgrove Farm, Blackford, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4NH - July 11

Bineham City Farm, Knole, Long Sutton, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9JF - July 12

To book a place, contact KE Events on 01904 771216 or email ke.events@ahdb.org.uk.