Mike Madders Dairy Assurance Scheme MEA Conference Presentation given on 21st February 2013
Mike farms within a family partnership on a 730 acre mixed dairy and arable unit on the outskirts of Stafford in the West Midlands. The dairy herd comprises 240 pedigree Holstein Friesian cows, yielding on average 9500 litres and calving all year round. All cows are housed in cubicles in the winter and in summer the high yielders graze by day and are in overnight, with the lows out grazing all the time.
Mike’s training and experience also includes studying agriculture at Harper Adams, international work experience and university courses at the University of Minnisota and a Nuffield Scholarship studying the breeding of dairy cows for health and welfare traits and associated recording systems.
Mike is chairman of the Red Tractor Assurance Dairy Scheme which covers around 11,600 farms throughout the UK. The scheme is responsible for setting and ensuring robust and consistent delivery of the comprehensive Standards required within the dairy industry on food hygiene and safety, animal welfare, traceability and environmental protection. Through this role, Mike represents the dairy sector as a non-executive director on the board of Assured Food Standards.
Mike is also a member of the DairyCo Research Advisory Forum and has held a number of positions at local, regional and national level within the NFU and has formerly chaired both the Staffordshire Grassland Society and Stafford District Agricultural Society.