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CELLCHECK NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER EDITION 2016

NEWS

Finola McCoy, Programme Manager

CellCheck Programme Update

WELCOME to this month’s edition of the CellCheck newsletter. This month, our guest contributor is John Downey, from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM). John outlines the value of having a national SCC dataset, and the role that DAFM, the processors and AHI have played in establishing this. It is this dataset that allows AHI to deliver the CellCheck Milking For Quality Awards, now in their third year. We are currently planning a national awards ceremony for this year’s winners, which will be held at the end of the month. I hope to be able to bring you news and photos from the night in next month’s newsletter. The award plaques, which are sponsored by FBD Trust, are presented to the 500 suppliers in the country with the lowest annual average SCC for the year. Even within this group of excellent performers, we can see the standard increasing year after year! In other areas of CellCheck activity, CellCheck Farmer Workshops as part of the Dairy Knowledge Transfer programme are well underway. Workshops commenced at the start of October, and to date more than 30 workshops have been delivered, with very positive feedback from participants.

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