LacPatrick will be exhibiting at this year’s Gulfood 2017, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show, which takes place in Dubai at the Dubai World Trade Centre at the end of February. In its 21st year, this is a major event in the world’s food calendar, with over 5,000 international companies from 120…

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Chlorate is a residue formed as a result of the breakdown of chlorine-based detergents. On dairy farms, chlorates can occur when chlorine, chlorine dioxide or hypochlorite is used for the disinfection of milking plants and bulk tanks. Chlorate residue in milk products is an emerging food safety concern for the international dairy industry with potential…

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Slurry is one of the four main causes of death and serious injury on Northern Ireland’s farms. Many lives have been lost through farmers being overcome by gas released from slurry during mixing, and 100’s of animals have also been killed. Drowning has also occurred where people, exposed to the fumes, have fallen through openings…

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Cian Devaney, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Ballyhaise Cavan. Teagasc recently ran a number of early grazing events around the country. The local event in the region took place in early February on Killian Brennan’s farm, Kilcogy, County Cavan, with around 70 farmers attending. Killian plans to calve 67 cows this spring with calving starting on the…

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Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen MLA was in the Strabane area recently where she visited a number of family run farms and also met the members of the Ballylaw Farmers’ Group.  She visited the beef and dairy farm of Derick and Hall Donnell.  During her visit west of the Bann several topics were up for discussion…

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In this issue, our Chief Executive, Gabriel D’Arcy explains exciting new developments in relation to shareholders and our governance. We have some interesting pieces on chlorates and early grass grazing, which we hope is of interest and practical use. Farm safety is paramount and we have an in depth article about slurry safety which should…

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LacPatrick welcomes over 350 new shareholders and promises to bring forward governance changes in coming months. Dairy co-operative LacPatrick will be welcoming over 350 suppliers as new shareholders in the coming weeks, meaning that over 99% of all suppliers into LacPatrick’s three sites will be members of the co-op. This move reflects how the organisation…

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