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October News

Finola McCoy, Programme Manager

W elcome to the October issue of the CellCheck newsletter. In this issue, our guest contributor from Lakeland Dairies, TomDownes, looks at ways to maximise milk quality in late lactation. This will ensure that suppliers can capture the maximum milk price possible. We also look at the practice of dry cow therapy and what we are trying to achieve from this practice. There is increasing discussion about using blanket or selective therapy, and in this article we explore these various options. Work is also underway collating the 2016 bulk tank SCC data and updating the national bulk tank SCC database. This data, submitted by all the processors to DAFM, forms the basis of the very successful CellCheck Milking for Quality Award scheme each year. Planning is also underway for a national awards ceremony to recognise all the winning suppliers. KT Programme participants – facilitators and farmers – are reminded that you must partake in a CellCheck Farmer Workshop before the end of the year. Any Facilitator unsure of their scheduled date should contact AHI as soon as possible as DAFM are applying a penalty for non-participation.



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