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25th February, 2020

Dr Dan's Newspaper Articles

Smart scan pre-breeding essential with maiden heifers.

On a farm visit in Co. Antrim today, where a group of 30 maiden heifers were presented for a pre-breed scan in conjunction with...
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Expansion in dairy being severely restricted in Northern Ireland by planning regulations for slurry storage.

  Farm visits in county Derry this week revealed that dairy farmers will definitely not be able to expand cow numbers...
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Heat detection systems involving activity monitoring present too many false positives.

On a farm call to county Cork today with a large dairy herd encompassing both dairy cows and maiden heifers for smart scan. On...
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*** Mental Health – A significant problem on multiple Irish dairy farms. ***

  This time of year is reaching peak of calving on many grass based dairy systems. The demand on labour is at its most...
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Case Study: using sexed semen in Dairy cows.

Farm visit today, to a bottle dairy farmer outside Birr, County Offaly. Eoin Lyons milks approximately 120 cows in a robotic...
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***The Curse of Twins in Dairy cows.***

Many farmers dislike cows identified as carrying twins. The incidence of twins in dairy cows increases with the milk production...
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Farmer in Portadown questions pregnancy diagnosis using milk samples collected at milk recording.   On a farm visit...
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Smart scan reveals the importance of onset of puberty in maiden heifers.

On a call today outside of Cookstown county Tyrone, they revealed a batch of maiden heifers being assessed for...
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***Sexed semen can result in an inordinate number of male calves born in high production type dairy cows.***

On farm calls in county Derry today, a client revealed that of 97 cows in calf using sexed semen, 17 were carrying male...
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Single pens VS Group pens for rearing suck calves.

A question that arises on many farms is health issues centering around young calves. As we are well aware, the ability to...
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