#Farm24 hits 112 million views

“24 Hours in Farming 2016 took place from 5am on 18th August until 5am on 19th August and was a massive success, with #Farm24 being seen 112 million times!”

The event, now in its second year, was hosted by Farmers Guardian and was this year sponsored by NFU Mutual.

24 Hours in Farming was the industrys opportunity to take to social media and show everyone what we do, celebrating the farming industry and drawing attention to the efforts of farmers across the UK.

Across the 24 hours there were 15,500 posts across social media channels. Twitter was most popular, but Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook were also being used throughout the 24 hours. #Farm24 trended in the top 5 on Twitter for most of the day, against competition from the Olympics and A Level results, ranking 2nd at its peak.

Volac was proud to be part of such an important event. Social media provides a great tool to spread the message about the work farmers do day in, day out, and we were supporting this year’s event throughout on our own social media channels. We would like to thank everyone who got involved, sent us video clips and entered our competition to win a £100 voucher!

Fantastic #Farm24 video highlights

To celebrate 24 Hours in Farming, we ran a competition to win a £100 voucher.

The winner is…….


  A few other favorites from the day…  




Newborn calf proceedure at Wicton Farm for 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 16.31.46Claire and Daniel Howlett from Wicton Farm, Bromyard, Herefordshire, share their Newborn calf procedure

  1. Secure cow in calving gate, check tail tape for twins, feed cow 25 litres warm energy drink.
  2. Slide calf into wheelbarrow, wash with warm water, dry and move to individual clean pen.
  3. Wear gloves, use teat dip, clean cow teats to perfection, strip and check for milk and ensure sealant removed.
  4. Use mobile milker to mix six litres of colostrum from cow – check cow for Johne’s (collar) or neospora (red tag).
  5. Tail tape cow, record on whiteboard as fresh cow and if Johne’s/neospora.
  6. Teat dip, release cow to fresh cow milking herd and guide to feed barrier.
  7. Clean down calving mat and using volume wash and disinfectant.
  8. Carry colostrum to calf shed, check calf sex, tag accordingly, weigh and spray naval.
  9. Record calf details on whiteboard: Dam freeze brand, tag number, sex, twin, neospora, Johne’s, DOB, time and weight.
  10. If Holstein heifer, fit calf coat.
  11. Measure quality of colostrum using colostrometer (green: Feed immediately; amber: Assess and top up with good quality colostrum; red: Do not use – defrost labelled, quality colostrum from freezer and use).
  12. Measure six litres of colostrum into clean jugs. Check temperature is 37degC. Heat using warm water if necessary. Day time: Feed 2 litres every 2 hours. Nigh time: Feed 4 litres every 4 hours.
  13. Try bottle feeding colostrum first. If the calf does not suck or will not take all the milk, then use a stomach.
  14. Record colostrum intake, last feed time and colostrum source on whiteboard.
  15. Clean all equipment after use and replace in calving bay.
  16. If in doubt, if things get too busy or a break out occurs – please phone at any time day or night.