Welcome to the Lacpatrick Newsletter February 2018

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In this issue we invite you to join our farm liaison team at your local supplier meeting. Meetings will be taking place across the province in January and February and we hope you can attend. Paul Crosson discusses the rise in antibiotic resistance and the impact it has on dairy farms. Ciarán Aylward (Ornua) reviews the market outlook for 2018 … Read More

Artigarvan update

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The £30m (€42m) Dairy Technology Centre in Artigarvan is now running for the new season. All of the heavy lifting at the Artigarvan site has now been completed in terms of investment and commissioning. There are some minor ancillary works being carried on the effluent system in anticipation of the peak milk season. These works are expected to be finished … Read More

Market Outlook

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Looking at the market and the outlook for milk prices, LacPatrick chief executive officer Gabriel D’Arcy said production increases across the large milk producing countries in Europe has resulted in a weakening of the global markets. Current skim milk powder and butter returns are well below current milk prices but global factors such as rising oil prices and a robust … Read More

Exceeding calving standards in Monaghan

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The LacPatrick Farm Advisory team held a hugely successful calf health and management event in Monaghan on Thursday 1 February. The event was hosted by LacPatrick supplier Dermot Sherry who is in the middle of calving. In the region of 100 farmers attended the event which included speakers from Corby Rock, Bonanza Calf Nutrition, Oriel veterinary clinic and Zoetis Ireland. … Read More

Antibiotic residues-make them a thing of the past!

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With the increase in milk price towards the end of last year, some farmers may have been tempted to continue producing milk for longer than usual, resulting in shorter dry periods for some cows. The key thing to bear in mind now, is that if these cows were treated with antibiotic dry cow therapy, then the minimum dry period must … Read More

House of Lords visit

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Members of the House of Lords select committee on the EU visited the LacPatrick Dairy Technology Centre in Artigarvan on 1 February. The group of Lords visited ROI and NI as part of a fact-finding mission for a report it is writing on Brexit. LacPatrick was the only dairy company the House of Lords visited during the trip. They used … Read More

Antibiotic usage on dairy farms

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by Paul Crosson Supply Strategy & Development Manager Why is there such a focus on antibiotic usage at present? Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to become resistant to medicines and is now one of the most pressing issues facing the global health profession. In addition to bacteria, other disease-causing organisms, such as fungi and viruses, are developing resistance … Read More

Cellcheck Tip Of The Month

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Is your milking machine good to go?! A new year, a new lactation…..is your milking machine good to go? Did you have it serviced during the dry period? If not, how can you be sure that you are heading into a new season with a perfectly functioning milking machine? To ensure it runs smoothly, most people will service their tractors … Read More

Market Outlook for 2018

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Contributor: Ciarán Aylward, Economist, Ornua. Farm-gate milk prices have recovered strongly after they hit a trough in mid-2016. European milk prices have increased by over 45% on average since then and this has been reflected in Irish milk prices which have grown by over 50% over the same period (from 23 cpl to 35 cpl). Combined with an increase in … Read More

Prioritising on-farm Health and Safety

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January is an ideal opportunity to take a step back, review your approach to health and safety and make sure you have appropriate policies and procedures in place to minimise risk. With the number of fatal accidents in the agricultural industry in 2017 totalling 27 according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive – equating to 7.73 deaths per … Read More