February News

Finola McCoy, Programme Manager

I N this month’s edition of the CellCheck newsletter, our guest contributor is Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer in Teagasc. Tom talks about the CellCheck Farmer Workshops, as part of the Knowledge (KT) programme and some of the benefits and challenges associated with it. The first phase of KT workshop delivery is concluding, with more than 120 workshops delivered since October 2016, which is an incredible rate of delivery! The logistics required to deliver this number of workshops in a narrowwindowof time is no small feat, and I would like to sincerely thank all involved in the planning, organising and delivery of these events-it’s been a united effort! As outlined in

last month’s newsletter, we will shortly be carrying out a review of the first phase of workshop activity and preparing for the second phase of workshops, which will start once the spring peak has passed. Last month we also had the first meeting of the reconvened CellCheck Implementation Group. All stakeholder groups have been asked to nominate an individual to represent them and engage in discussions and key decisions. This recent meeting explored some of the current and future industry challenges relating to milk quality, such as antimicrobial resistance and the role that the dairy industry can play in reducing its risk.

Maeve O’Connor, Dairygold with a group of farmers from East Cork attending a recently held CellCheck Farmer Workshop.



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