AHI_Newsletter Autumn-Winter 2016 Final

AHI NEWSLETTER AUTUMN/WINTER 2016

Charles Chavasse from Zoetis summarised his experiences from visiting problem farms in the spring of this year. Some of his conclusions are: • There is a need to clarify and promote what colostrum is (the first milk harvested just after the cow calved) and highlight the importance of clean harvesting and storage of colostrum. • On farm hygiene needs improving (both the environment and feeding equiment). • There is an urgent need for advice on affordable, functional and practical calf shed design. Finally, a collaborative Teagasc proposal to conduct a four year research project on the animal health aspects of dairy heifer contract rearing was presented by John Mee and reviewed by the TWG at the meeting and the feedback will be used to improve the study design. All participants found the day to be very useful and informative. As a direct outcome the group will now commence working on advice for calf shed construction.

AN I MA L H E A LT H I R E L AND 23

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