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6th April, 2020

Archive for 2020

Social isolation in rural Ireland caused in association with Covid-19.

Posted on 18 Mar 2020 | 0 Comments

On farm calls in counties, Leitrim, Longford and Monaghan today reveal the problems associated with social isolation. Social media and media in general have created a tremendous fear among the rural fabric of Ireland, whereby people have been scared in their senior years to move outdoors. Unfortunately, this social isolation will be for a protracted […]

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COVID-19 will place a value on food security in the future from our beef and dairy farms.

Posted on 10 Mar 2020 | 0 Comments

The current outbreak panning into a pandemic globally associated with COVID-19 has shown the implications of failure to place monetary value on excellence in supply chain in food production in Ireland. In the UK it has been shown that food security has resulted in a situation where by supply chain has a three day window […]

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Six-week extension in the winter housing period causing significant herd health problems in County Kerry.

Posted on 10 Mar 2020 | 0 Comments

Farm visits today in County Kerry revealed farmers severely stressed with the inability to cope with the optimization of herd health during this critical phase of the production cycle. Farmers are currently into week 8-10 of the calving season. In the normal year the calves would be out grazing by day and slurry fication would […]

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Early post calving womb infections will decrease both milk production and the chances of getting your cows back in calf.

Posted on 06 Mar 2020 | 0 Comments

• Your dairy herd now entering the second phase of the calving season. These cows will form the late calving batch and it is essential that any reproductive problems are identified early post calving. • Womb infections or metritis as it is classically described, will decrease milk production potential by an average of 400 liters […]

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Priestland Holstein herd presenting a cow with projected 305-day yield of 20,000 on twice a day milking for expo show in 12 days’ time.

Posted on 03 Mar 2020 | 0 Comments

Ona farm visit to Ian McClean and Sons and a Priestland herd outside Bushmills County Antrim, this pre scan herd is an exhibition of excellence of pedigree Holstein breeding management. Every cow has her own comfort zone with excellent livestock management at all stages of the production cycle. The McClean brothers have a passionate interest […]

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Milk recording will become a mandatory process for purposes of milk sales in conjunction with antibiotic usage for dry cow therapy

Posted on 02 Mar 2020 | 0 Comments

On farm calls in Derry today, farmers are faced with a situation where milk recording was not an issue in the past but will be in the future if dry cow therapy regulations are implemented. Farmers will only be able to selectively use dry cow therapy in conjunction with a veterinary surgeon and milk recording […]

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Rearing calves using cow’s milk with inbuilt pasteurization to protect against risk of Johne’s disease.

Posted on 02 Mar 2020 | 0 Comments

On a farm visit with Ian and Brian Thompson in Coolmore, Derry. This dairy farm has invested in a milk feeding system using whole milk from dairy cows including milk which can not be sent off farm for milk processing to be fed to calves. This unit costs £8,000 pounds sterling, Brian and Ian consider […]

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Housing environment – an integral feature of heifers coming out of puberty.

Posted on 27 Feb 2020 | 0 Comments

  On a farm call outside Listowel today, farmer presented two batches of heifers which had been split when they went in for winter housing. The strongest heifers were placed in a poor housing environment where there was insufficient cubicle spaces and a slatted environment. The second batch of heifers had excellent cubicle spaces, rubber […]

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Cows scanned pregnant carrying twins can often mummify one of the calves and a single calf can be born.

Posted on 27 Feb 2020 | 0 Comments

The photograph enclosed is the mummified foetus born co twin to Friesian heifer calf. Smart scan previously identified that this animal was carrying twins at a later stage of pregnant beyond the stage where foetal gender could be determined. A single ever calve was born and this mummified calf was born co twin. The heifer […]

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Herd health problems increase dramatically in spring calving herds as cows have to be housed for extended period after calving.

Posted on 26 Feb 2020 | 0 Comments

  Farm visits in county Cork and Limerick today reveal that farmers are unable to milk cows outdoors because of poor grazing conditions. Ground is saturated because of high water tables and an extremely wet month of February. The calving season for spring calving is now well underway with almost 40% of cows calved in […]

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