In this issue, we have an update on the formal handover of the LP Dairy Technology Centre in Artigarvan from GEA. We have some important events to add to your calendar. We have some helpful advice articles from Cellcheck on AMR and the rise of summer SCC. Lastly, we take a closer look at some…

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Pictured: L to R – GEA Acceptance Certificate hand-over with Peter V. Nielsen, GEA (left) and Eamonn O’ Malley, LacPatrick.Since LacPatrick announced the £30m investment in its new LP Dairy Technology Centre it has been a whirlwind two years with a hugely successful outcome. Early this month, GEA, one of the largest suppliers of process…

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LacPatrick has secured in excess of £1m of sales of its LP spray dried whole milk and skimmed milk powder in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), following participation at Gulfood in February 2017. Welcoming the deals, Steve Harper, Invest NI’s Executive Director of International Business said: “LacPatrick has used Invest NI support to make impressive…

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After just over 20 years with both former Ballyrashane Creamery and LacPatrick Dairies, Nigel Kemps retired from the business on the 31st of July, 2017. Nigel began his career with Ballyrashane Creamery in 1997 as Deputy Manager of Operations. He progressed to General Site Manager and more recently played a key role in the merger…

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  Event Time: Wednesday 30 August 2017 @ 11am Venue: on the farm of James McMahon, Faltagh, Swanscross, Co.Monaghan Speakers will include Moorepark/Johnstown Castle researchers : Pat Tuohy Owen Fenton James O’Loughlin David Wall Demonstrations based on site investigation, drainage design & costing

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GUEST CONTIBUTOR Hazel Sheridan, Medicines Division, Department of Food and the Marine, Backweston, Co.Kildare What is AMR? Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, is a term used to describe a situation where a medicine that used to work, no longer works. The most common form of AMR is resistance by bacteria to antibiotics. However, there are other…

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Don’t ignore a summer SCC rise! Is your bulk tank somatic cell count (SCC) starting to creep up slightly? If so, don’t ignore it! It is likely to be because the number of infected quarters in your herd is starting to increase a little, which in turn can lead to more infected quarters, and so…

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AFBI Dairy Farm Walks 12- 14 September 2017 The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) will host a series of three farm walks from the 12th to 14th September in Banbridge, Enniskillen and Newtownstewart. These ‘must attend’ events will demonstrate how adopting the latest research results can improve the profitability of your farm. Registration Everyone who…

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Pictured is Dean O’Neill, LacPatrick Farm Quality Advisor, presenting an award to a young handler. On Monday, the 7th of August, the Castleblayney Show attracted an attendance of approximately 10,000 visitors from the local, national and international areas. Agriculture is the shows main focus but this has broadened over the past years and the recent…

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