2017 has started with more positivity and optimism not seen in the past two years. The signs of price recovery for milk, which gathered strength in the second half of 2016, is leading to increasing milk supplies as farmers become more confident and markets generally remain firm. The early January GDT auction, which saw the…

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If you haven’t already submitted your email address to us, please do so either via the email address for the newsletter, newsletter@lacpatrick.co.uk, or give it to your Farm Liaison Officer at his next visit.  Once you are on our emailing list, we can communicate with you on a variety of issues in a quick and…

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Pictured are Francis Kerr and Roy Irwin presenting a cheque for £2000 recently to Sarah Breen of the Friends of Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital. The money was raised from sales of Francis’s book “Ballyrashane 1896 – 2015 A Creamery in a Parish.”  Copies of the book are available at a cost of £10 each…

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Farm Liaison Officer Tommy McVey, has left LacPatrick after 27 years in the dairy industry. Tommy has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the dairy industry, gained from many suppliers and colleagues, firstly with Strathroy Milk Marketing, then Town of Monaghan Co-op and more recently LacPatrick, where he supported farmers primarily in the…

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Adding a heat exchanger to your milk cooling system can drastically reduce water heating costs. Whether your dairy farm operation is large or small, you need plenty of hot water for equipment clean up, cow prepping, and feeding calves. What better way is there to meet your everyday needs than free hot water? A heat…

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Good Housing means happy, healthy cows! Mastitis occurs because bacteria get into the udder through the teat end. These bacteria can come from other cows (via milk), or from the environment. When cows are housed, their exposure to mastitis –causing bacteria in the environment is higher. Bacteria such as E. coli and Strep. uberis, which…

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By the Agri-food Bio Sciences Institute With annual Grasscheck grass growth up 21% compared with the 2007 – 2015 long term average, 2016 would appear to have been an excellent year for grass production. But looking closer at grass growth and quality shows a volatile season which has had its challenges in managing grass. As…

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Staff at the Ballyrashane facility raised £440 for Save the Children by holding a Christmas Jumper Day and running a very successful employee raffle. Pictured are staff members at the site during the Christmas Jumper Day.

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The proceeds from the annual draw run by the staff members in the Agri-store in Monaghan, were this year presented to Drunkill Day Care Centre (Alzheimer unit). Pictured are Mai Murphy and Mary McCaffrey from LacPatrick, presenting a cheque for €1870 to Gretta Connolly, with Joe Leonard Manager LacPatrick Agristore. Thanks to all milk suppliers…

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