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14th December, 2017

3 times a day milking on dairy herds in Northern Ireland

Scanning cows in the North of Ireland has revealed a high level of farmers milking cows 3 times a day. 1 client informed me that it has increased milk production by 18% in his high yielding group. He has just proceeded, with his low yielding cows on the same routine. There is a price to pay in terms of farm labour and higher input costs. Farm management must also step up a gear as the risks of impaired health and reproductive performance increase.