Less Mastitis = More Profit….for all! One of the key CellCheck messages presented at the Teagasc Moorepark Open Day, was the the increased profitability that improving mastitis control and milk quality brings. Recent Teagasc analysis of the national bulk tank somatic cell count (SCC) database shows the magnitude of this financial return for the whole…

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Managing Johne’s Disease Effective Johne’s disease risk management and disease control occurs when calves and young stock are kept away from faecal contamination in sheds as well as on pasture. The animal health focus in any herd should be about protecting calves from exposure to faecal material from the first minutes of their life. This…

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Good Housing means happy, healthy cows! Mastitis occurs because bacteria get into the udder through the teat end. These bacteria can come from other cows (via milk), or from the environment. When cows are housed, their exposure to mastitis –causing bacteria in the environment is higher. Bacteria such as E. coli and Strep. uberis, which…

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By the Agri-food Bio Sciences Institute With annual Grasscheck grass growth up 21% compared with the 2007 – 2015 long term average, 2016 would appear to have been an excellent year for grass production. But looking closer at grass growth and quality shows a volatile season which has had its challenges in managing grass. As…

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Congratulations to the 14 LacPatrick producers who recently received Animal Health Ireland CellCheck Awards for achieving low SCC’s in 2015. They were among the top 500 producers in Ireland whose average SCC for the year was below 87,000, a remarkable achievement which reflects great attention to detail in herd management and mastitis control. There was…

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MANY farmers will shortly be preparing for the dry period, and making decisions about what dry cow therapy to use in their herd. Many farmers may also be considering using antibiotic dry cow therapy only on selected cows in the herd, for various reasons. Remember-these are key decisions that you should first discuss with your…

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