A (very brief) overview of somatic cell count

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Cell count is always a difficult subject to discuss, as the problems can be as individual as the farms themselves. There is no simple solution. Hardly a day goes by when I am not asked for the best tube, jag or teat dip to help stem a rising cell count. Unfortunately there is no one answer to that question. The … Read More

Northern Ireland Farmers Warned Against Smuggling

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Following a briefing by FSA (NI) and DARD on actions being taken in ROI and NI to deal with over quota milk in ROI being smuggled into NI, both Dairy UK (NI) and UFU have warned dairy farmers of the risk of engaging in these activities, not only in terms of their own farming enterprise, but also for the industry … Read More

How can we maximise litres this winter?

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Thompsons’ Dairy nutritionist Mary-Jane Robinson explains Maximising milk production this winter efficiently by ensuring both the correct nutritional management and herd health at farm level is maintained is paramount for profitable production. Given the difficult year the emphasis this winter must be on maximising litres. With the current milk price to feed ratio, feed rates will be higher than previous … Read More

An Excellent Start

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Ballyrashane Creamery achieved another milestone on 6th October 2012 when it became a direct buyer of milk from its first supplier located near Ballymoney. The milk pool increased significantly on 1st January 2013 when a further 44 dairy farms became direct suppliers and the milk pool is now comprised of 99 local dairy farms.  These dairy farms supply the Creamery … Read More

Ballyrashane named one of NI’s top ‘green’ companies

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ACHIEVING QUINTILE ONE STATUS Ballyrashane Creamery has been listed as one of the top scoring companies in this year’s NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey conducted by Business in the Community’s ARENA Network. It achieved Quintile One status. The Survey, which is supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Fleet Financial, annually assesses top businesses in Northern Ireland for environmental management, … Read More

Feeding for the Future

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Winter is well and truly upon us, and the majority of cattle will now be housed. After a forgotten, yet difficult spring, the summer of 2013 has been a welcome relief on all farms. As a result of more favourable grazing conditions, many youngstock have performed better this summer. With grass availability remaining high the temptation is to prolong the … Read More

Limping Towards Success

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Riada Veterinary Clinic  Lameness in the dairy herd remains one of the biggest threats to productivity and hence profitability. Recent estimates of the cost of lameness have ranged from £3000 to £10000 per annum for a 100 cow herd. With cows now housed for the winter, this is the time to plan to reduce lameness. Digital dermatitis is now the … Read More

Six Steps to Reduce Somatic Cell Count and TVC in Your Dairy Herd

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PRE MILKING:Begin the milk process with pre milking teat disinfectant, followed by wiping the formula off via the use of ONE paper towel per animal. DURING MILKING: Wear rubber gloves and disinfect them regularly to reduce the spread of bacteria/infection. POST MILKING: As clusters are removed, apply teat disinfectant to the full length of each teat. DURING MILKING: Dip or … Read More

BRD – Not to be Sneezed at

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By Jenny King – Garvagh Veterinary Clinic Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD, pneumonia) is a major source of economic loss in the UK dairy industry. Estimates in the region of £80 million for the cattle industry as a whole are commonly quoted. In 2000 the cost per dairy breed calf was estimated to be £43, however this doesn’t take into account … Read More

Increasing silage intake, the key to a profitable winter

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As another winter approaches, dairy farmers will once again be bombarded on the merits of all kinds of concentrate feeds, feed additives, mineral supplements etc. Different companies will go to great lengths to extol the virtues of their respective products, and no doubt promises will be made as to the financial benefits to the farmer that the use of such … Read More