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

Farmers turn out in force for supplier meetings

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Over two weeks at the end of January and into February, LacPatrick hosted supplier meetings across the region in order to update suppliers on various aspect of the business. The meetings took place in Armagh on 23 January, in Monaghan on 24 January, in Coleraine on 31 January and, finally, in Omagh on 1 February. Each of the meetings was … 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

Getting the best from farm staff

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Whether its family farms or larger units with growing teams, staff management is often highlighted as one of the biggest challenges facing farmers. Farmers are often the first to say that they are stockmen, not people managers. But as units get bigger and the labour market becomes more competitive, producers can no longer afford to ignore this employer duty. Brexit … Read More

Social Media Presence

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In recent weeks we have become active on social media platforms. We are using Facebook and Twitter as a way of instantly communicating with our suppliers on important information like milk prices, farm events, promotions as well as multimedia content relating to the co-op. They are an excellent tool for communicating effectively with you, the LacPatrick suppliers, and we would … 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

Breffni Oriel table quiz

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The annual Breffni Oriel Holstein Friesian Breeders’ Club table quiz took place on Friday 2 February in the Cavan rugby club. Quizmaster on the night was David Boyd and the winning team was the McCollum family from Cavan town with Louis Atcheson and family finishing second. The winners of the juvenile section of the quiz were the Greenan family. LacPatrick … Read More