2021 Open Day
By kind invitation of PG & CP Whitehouse
Bradley Farm, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0DR
Tuesday 12th October 2021, 10.00 - 15.30
After COVID forced us to miss our 2020 Open Day, we are delighted to be back in 2021!
The herd of milking goats at Bradley Farm was established in 2006, with the first goats milked on July 4th 2007.
They are on a TMR ration which is going Soya free by the end of the year.
Milked twice a day thorough a 60:60 rapid exit with EID milk recording, yielding around 1200 litres per goat.
Our breeding strategy is to only breed from goats with good yield, good conformation and good health. 30 of the best are A.I.’d to Dutch and French Semen.
Please come and join us on October 12th where will share with you what we do, warts and all! During the day the plan will be to split into 2 groups where the following topics will be discussed:
1. Herd Health planning
2. Ventilation and housing
We will also provide an update on the research projects the MGA are currently running.
There will also be time to visit our sponsors and trade stands with a fantastic lunch provided by Cabrito and Oh-My-Goat, giving everyone a taste of some fantastic goat products!
SPACES ARE LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR PLACE TODAY FOR THE SPECIAL RATE OF £5 FOR MEMBERS (£10 FOR NON-MEMBERS)
A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors who make our Open Day possible! Please have a look at this year's Sponsors Page
2019 Open Day Round-up!
12th September 2019 saw the third annual Open Day of the MGA
To all of you who came to the Open day, I'm sure you will agree that it was a very enjoyable day!!
We were very priviledged to have so many sponsors and were delighted with the number of attendees. Kindly hosted by the Frost family, the farming set up at Forde Grange Farm is second to none. We we were all treated to various speakers and tours during the day as well as tasting goat meat!
The day started with a talk by Rene Van De Gevel from ForFarmers on their approach to feeding goats, Pete Kelly took visitors round the farm to talk about the management, production and nutrition of the dairy herd, Kathy Azuino showed everyone round the kid rearing section and talked about current ongoing associated research, and Will Frost and staff transported guests to show us where all the baby kids are reared and breeding bucks are kept.
At lunchtime Cabrito provided a delicious piece of freshly cooked goat for all to try.
It really was a memorable day! We hope that everyone who came got something out of it. It was fantastic to see so much support for the MGA and we can't thank everyone enough for all the various contributions!
Many thanks again for all your continued support!
Clare Nichols (MGA Secretary)
A huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:
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