Top tips for disbudding calves

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

With the spring calving herds motoring on through calving, it is important to look at getting calves disbudded. Here the LacPatrick Farm Advisory team offers top tips on disbudding calves and why it is important to do. 1.Animal and economic welfare Removing the calves’ buds early in life will ensure a better standard of life for the animal, the rest … Read More

LacPatrick sets February milk price

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

The board of LacPatrick Dairies has met on Tuesday (20 March 2018) to set a price for February milk.   LacPatrick will pay a price of 35.75c/litre (including VAT) for suppliers in the Republic of Ireland while suppliers in Northern Ireland will receive a price of 27p/l.   The price for Republic of Ireland suppliers includes an unconditional ‘Early Calving … Read More

10 top tips for dealing with scour

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

The unpredictable weather has resulted in a spike in scour being reported on farms. Here, the LacPatrick Farm Advisory team offers advice to suppliers on how to prevent and deal with scour among calves. The heifer calves are your next generation milkers so keep this in mind when thinking about scour prevention / control / treatment. If you lose ground … Read More

Women in LacPatrick group meets

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

The first ever meeting of the Women in LacPatrick group took place on 15 March with a fierce determination to further develop the movement. The meeting took place in the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown with a strong turnout on display. There were women from all corners of the LacPatrick catchment area. The group focussed on what direction the group … Read More

LacPatrick farmers win at IHFA awards

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News

Two LacPatrick suppliers had a successful time at the Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) awards in recent weeks. Padraic Greenan, under the Greenlea herd, and Brian Corley with his Cornboro herd were among the big winners. Padraic’s Greenlea Armani Pledge ET was reserve champion in class one –  the All-Ireland heifer born after 1 January 2017. Brian’s Cornboro Beemer Dolly … Read More

Women in LacPatrick event

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

Are you interested in participating in a workshop with women involved in all aspects of LacPatrick – from farm level to the global markets and everything in between? A meeting is taking place on Thursday 15 March. Our guest speaker is Mairead Lavery editor of Irish Country Living and the driver of the Women in Agriculture movement. The event takes … Read More

Disruptions to LacPatrick milk collections

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

Following the extension of the status red warning to all counties, LacPatrick Dairies has confirmed there will now be disruptions to milk collections. A meeting of the LacPatrick emergency response team on Thursday morning decided that staff at the Monaghan Town site will finish work at 2pm and the site will not be open on Friday. Ian Hamilton Group Logistics … Read More

Calf health tips during cold weather

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

With calving well under way on most farms, Majella McCafferty from the LacPatrick Dairies Farm Advisory Team offers top tips on keeping calves healthy during this cold spell. Temperatures are set to get as low as -7°C this week as Storm Emma and the so-called Beast from the East storm hits the country. Calves are especially vulnerable at this time … Read More

Possible milk collection disruptions

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

With Storm Emma set to bring record levels of snowfall this week, LacPatrick Dairies has issued a warning to suppliers over possible milk collection disruptions. The heavy snow currently forecast is likely to make road conditions treacherous. ‘Safety the priority’ Ian Hamilton, Group Logistics Manager with LacPatrick Dairies, said the co-op will closely monitor situation on an hourly basis. “If … Read More

Advice to LacPatrick suppliers ahead of snow

Patrick DonohoeGeneral News, Producer news

With the heaviest snow forecast to hit the country by the end of the week, the LacPatrick Farm Advisory Team offers advice on how to deal with the conditions. There are likely to be disruptions to milk collections this week. In many cases there is little farmers can do but keeping lanes and yards clear will help. Milking cows must … Read More