Welcome to the Lacpatrick Newsletter June 2018

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In this issue, we report on the Balmoral Show and the Ballymoney Show. LacPatrick scored three big wins at two award ceremonies during the month. LacPatrick took home the prestigious award in the Export Category at the 2018 Made in Northern Ireland awards. Two Lacpatrick suppliers were recognized at an awards ceremony which took place at this year’s Balmoral Show. Co.Antrim … 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

Prudent use of antibiotics – practical steps

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Hazel Sheridan, Medicines Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Backweston, Co. Kildare. Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, has been described by the World Health Organization as “a crisis that must be managed with the utmost urgency”. The key driver of resistance is the use of antibiotics in both human and animal populations. The use of antibiotics in both human … Read More

CellCheck Tip Of The Month – Dry Cow Therapy-Selective Or Blanket?

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  There is much discussion lately about the growing challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and how the use of antibiotics in both humans and animals can contribute to it. The use of antibiotics at the end of lactation is one area that is receiving increasing attention. There is much discussion about whether farmers should use a blanket or selective dry … Read More

CellCheck Tip of the Month

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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 industry. The national bulk tank … Read More

Managing Johne’s Disease

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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 is a sound practice, not … Read More

CELLCHECK TIP OF THE MONTH

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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 survive in the cow’s environment, … Read More

GrassCheck 2016 – A tale of two halves for grass growth in 2016

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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 in previous years AgriSearch’s GrassCheck … Read More

LacPatrick suppliers receive AHI CellCheck Awards

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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 a special award for the … Read More