Testimonials and Past Projects
“Mike approaches situations with an “animal first” philosophy, using all the senses to question what’s really happening and all the available evidence to answer problems and counteract issues.
There is no ego with Mike which allied to his impartial position and stance, makes him quite unique in our industry.” – David Selway, General Manager: Micron Bio-Systems
Doubling the Milk Supply on Pilot Farms in Pakistan for a major Global Milk Brand
In 2016, a major, Global milk processing company came with a specific problem: their milk supply in Pakistan was significantly less during the months of April to October. This lead to an inconsistent supply and less efficient collections. The impact on the producers was considerable, as they did not have a consistent income and their cows were not performing to their genetic potential.
After visiting the area and local farms, it became apparent that environmental heat was a huge problem and existing heat abatement equipment was not being used to its potential. Working with their staff and producers, together we adjusted the equipment, educated around the subject of heat abatement and ran a project in 2017 on 10 pilot farms to evaluate the differences.
Collecting milk supply data, complying farms ranged from increasing milk production from 1.3 to 2.3 times the milk from the previous year, nutrition and other management practices not being significantly changed apart from ensuring a consistent supply of food throughout the day.
This processor has many more farms in the region and plans to replicate the interventions from 2018 and into the future.
Increased Profit on Retailer Farms by Decreasing Ketosis
A major UK retailer was wanting to assure their customers of their commitment to animal welfare as well as support a robust farm assurance scheme. Visiting some of their farms revealed opportunities in dry cow nutrition and feed/water space availability. By adjusting fibre and water intakes of the cows, complying farms increased milk volume and income for the farmers as well as reducing ketosis in early lactation dairy cows. This increased supply to the retailer, reduced the risk of ketosis-related transition diseases and meant less work for the farmers in fixing problems after calving.