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The Buitelaar Group are proud to be sponsoring the Health and Welfare category at the annual Cream Awards. Adam Buitelaar was invited by British Dairying to give a talk at the New Holland Factory, Basildon to a group of young dairy farmers in the run up to the awards evening held on 7th February 2018.

Adam along with a number of other guest speakers were asked to present to the group reasoning behind their support of the chosen sponsored category. Adam explained Buitelaar’s connection with the Health and Welfare category and why he felt it a necessary subject to promote. This stemmed from Buitelaar’s prime focus throughout all stages of production being centralized around animal wellbeing and standards to attain this.

A relevant topic within the dairy industry is the limitation and reduction of antibiotic usage. Adam spoke of the work Buitelaar are carrying out in partnership with the Royal Agricultural University at the calf rearing centre of excellence. This centre is into its third batch of calves that are closely monitored throughout the rearing process to ascertain a better understanding of the procedures required to maximize efficiency within the rearing stage of beef production to ultimately conclude a more calculated and responsible usage of antibiotics.

The morning of speakers was followed by an engaging tour around the New Holland factory who are the sponsors of the “Young Dairy Farmer of the year” category. Lunch was followed by a debate that engaged all young dairy farmers invited to the day and guest speakers that made for a thought-provoking afternoon.