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Disease? Not On My Farm! Ambassador Michael Oakes

Disease? Not On My Farm! Ambassador
Michael Oakes

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  • Located near Rednal on the southern edge of Birmingham, farming with his father who started out on a county council smallholding
  • 350 acres comprising of grass and maize crop
  • Milks 200 pedigree Holstein cows, supplying Arla
  • Michael rears all his own replacements and joined Buitelaar scheme in 2020 to sell on bull calves

As Chair of the NFU Dairy Board since 2016, Michael is a prominent name in the industry and strong advocate for farmer collaboration.

Routine monitoring helps him to reduce the risk of disease, working with Meadow Farm Vets and NMR to test for BVD, Johnes, IBR and leptospirosis.

He cites routine footbathing as essential to help combat herd lameness.

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Follow Michael on Twitter @m19mao


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