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"We're continually attempting to cut out inefficiencies from the system and exploit our herds' increasing genetic potential in order to at least maintain, if not improve margins," says David, who together with Gavin runs Hotts Farm, the family's 400 acre owner-occupied unit, plus a further 30 acres of rented grazing based at Waterbeck, near Lockerbie.
Hotts Farm calves are fed whole milk from the Wyedale system for the first 10 days, after which they're dehorned, moved and introduced to the U40 feed station, which can feed up to 40 calves.
The Hamiltons are committed to dairying at Hotts Farm, and one way forward is to consider achieving greater economies of scale.