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JUNE EDITION 2017

CellCheck ANIMAL HEALTH IRELAND NEWSLETTER Contributing to a profitable and sustainable farming and agri-food sector through improved animal health

CELLCHECK PROGRAMME NEWS

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www.AnimalHealthIreland.ie

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GUEST CONTRIBUTOR IFA President, Joe Healy

CELLCHECK TIP OF THE MONTH P6

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SERVICE PROVIDER NOTES

NATIONAL MASTITIS CONTROL PROGRAMME

CellCheck AnimalHealthIreland.ie Animal Health Ireland, 4-5 The Archways, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41 WN27

AHI gratefully acknowledges the financial and other contributions of our stakeholders to the CellCheck programme.

NATIONAL MASTITIS CONTROL PROGRAMME

CellCheck AnimalHealthIreland.ie Animal Health Ireland, 4-5 The Archways, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41 WN27

CELLCHECK PROGRAMME

June News

Finola McCoy, Programme Manager

O ur guest writer in this month’s edition of the CellCheck newsletter is Joe Healy, IFA President. Joe writes about the rewards, in terms of adding value to their milk, for farmers who focus on lowering their SCC. Our monthly tip is about CellCheck Farmer Workshops. Over 230 workshops have been delivered since the commencement of the CellCheck programme, with very positive feedback and impact on farm. Remember, the next and final phase of workshop delivery as part of the Dairy Knowledge Transfer programme will commence on June 19th. Group facilitators that have not yet competed CellCheck Stage 2 training as part of the DAFM-required CPD can do so on June 19th in the Midlands Park Hotel (formerly known as Portlaoise Heritage Hotel). This will be the final Stage 2 training event held in 2017. Please contact the AHI office if interested in attending on 071 9671928.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Focus on lowering SCC essential for farmers to add value to milk

IFA President, Joe Healy

I farm in Athenry, Co. Galway, and supply my milk to Arrabawn Co-op. From the very early days of my involvement in dairy farming, it has been clear to me that quality is a crucial area farmers can and must focus on to add more value to their milk, improving their milk income as a result. An essential part of milk quality is the somatic cell count (SCC), which affects the processability of milk, and which, above a certain level, is a marker of mastitis infection. A number of years ago, an SCC problem arose on my farm. I began milk recording, which enabled me to identify two high cell-count cows which between them accounted for 31% of the total cell count of a herd which was 70 cows at the time. I immediately culled them, and saw my herd SCC improve dramatically over the following years, as I persevered in focusing on lowering it. Morerecently, Ihostedonmy farmtwoCellCheck farmer workshops organised by Arrabawn Co-op and Teagasc for the benefit of suppliers. I applied what I learned on those two days: I made some small adjustments to my cow and herd management, to my milking routines and other areas, and also carefully selected my cows with a view to continuous improvement. The result of my efforts was that my milk quality improved sufficiently to allow me to qualify and be among the top 500 out of Ireland’s 18,000 dairy farmers for cell count performance.

I was honoured to receive an AHI CellCheck Milking For Quality Award for low SCC milk for the 2015 milk year. Since then, I have found that keeping my cows’ somatic cell count low has had multiple benefits. It ensures healthier cows, a better environment, it has increased my milk yield and quality, and consequently the value of my milk.

....an SCC problem arose on my farm. I began milk recording, which enabled me to identify two high cell-count cows which between them accounted for 31% of the total cell count of a herd which was 70 cows at the time. I immediately culled them, and saw my herd SCC improve dramatically over the following years....

The CellCheck programme for mastitis control is very helpful to farmers in that it focuses on practical, evidence-based, best practice recommendations which cost little, or return a multiple of the cost involved, because they are proven to be effective in getting to grips with, and reducing dramatically the risk of mastitis infection in the herd.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTOR CellCheck encourages farmers to remain disciplined and rigorous in their hygiene and routines during milking and to treat cows appropriately and most efficiently at drying off and during the dry period. It focuses on the simple routines like how to care for freshly calved cows, how to practice good hygiene during milking, how to properly take off clusters to avoid traumatising teats and letting pathogens enter the teat canal, how to maintain the milking equipment, how to start milk recording as soon as lactation begins, etc. Low SCC milk means more money in the farmers’ pocket, as farmers pick up more bonuses than penalties, improve yields and spend less on treating healthier cows. It alsomeans that themilk supplied can bemore readily processed, and improve industry’s ability to extract best value from existing and new markets – an important consideration with our sector’s export expansion ambitions.

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CELLCHECK TIP OF THE MONTH CellCheck Farmer Workshops- sign up today! D id you know that you could increase your net farm profit by at least 1 cent per litre by improving mastitis control? Learn how at a CellCheck Farmer Workshop...... Participation in a CellCheck Farmer Workshop as part of the Dairy Knowledge Transfer programme is a great opportunity to help you to understand the causes of mastitis and highlight how making simple changes in your everyday milking routine and management can improve and maintain lower SCC levels in your herd. Over 150 workshops have been delivered so far, and feedback has been very positive. David Delaney, a dairy farmer from Kilkenny recently attended a workshop. For him ‘the commercial benefit really hit home. I hadn’t realised what a high cell count was costing me, and the impact it could have on production. We previously thought our SCC was pretty good- but it wasn’t until we sat down with the calculator and used our own farm figures that we could see the value from having an SCC just a bit lower. I’m new to this discussion group, and most of them had done a CellCheck workshop a few years ago. But everyone still got something out of doing it again’. One of the unique features of a CellCheck workshop is that it is delivered by a team consisting of a milking machine technician, a vet, a milk processor quality advisor and a farm advisor. For David ‘there were very relevant and informative discussions on topical issues, like what kind of dry cow therapy was most suitable for our herds. We all had our own ideas about what we’d do, but once we were presented with the science, it was quite clear what we needed to do.’ The workshop is 2.5 hours in duration and is farm-based, with a mixture of classroom style learning, interactive and practical workstations, and group discussion. Group sizes are small to allow plenty of discussion and questions. David ‘enjoyed the breakout groups-there’s a lot more engagement because it’s in a small group, and particular issues can be thrashed out in more detail.’ The next phase of workshop delivery as part of the Dairy KT programmewill commence in June. Remember, CellCheck Farmer Workshops aren’t limited to participants of the Dairy KT programme-they are relevant to all dairy farmers and milkers. Contact your nearest CellCheck Regional Coordinator for details of activities in your area. [Click here] for previously published tips

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CELLCHECK REGIONAL COORDINATORS

A Resource and Point of Contact for CellCheck Activities in your Area

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Tom Starr 087 6697010

Mícheal Guinan 086 3511852 micheal.guinan@aurivo.ie Mayo/Sligo Aurivo

tstarr@arrabawn.ie Tipperary/Limerick National Co-op

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John Fitzpatrick 086 0426567

Sean McCarthy 066 7163200 sean.mccarthy@kerry.ie Kerry/Clare Kerry Agribusiness

fitzpatrickj@glanbia.ie Kilkenny/Laois/Carlow/ Kildare/Dublin Glanbia

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Sinead Treanor streanor@carbery.com 023 8822369 West Cork Carbery Group

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Andrew O’Neill 086 1836505 aoneill@tipperary-coop.ie Tipperary Tipperary Co-Op

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Tom Downes 087 2564669

Denis Guiry 086 8098639 dguiry@dairygold.ie Cork/Tipperary/Limerick Dairygold

downest@lakeland.ie Longford/Monaghan Lakeland Dairies

Brendan Dillon 087 2626851 BrDillon@glanbia.ie

Cork/Waterford/ Wexford/Wicklow Glanbia

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Service Provider Notes

Final phase of delivery of CellCheck Farmer Workshops

T he final phase of delivery of CellCheck Farmer Workshops, as part of the Dairy Knowledge Transfer (KT) programme will commence on June 19th. Scheduling of workshop dates has now concluded, with group facilitators having an opportunity to select dates for workshops for each of their discussion groups. Over the coming weeks group facilitators will be identifying and contacting other CellCheck-trained service providers in their area, to complete the delivery team. If you are a service provider and have completed CellCheck Stage 2 training, but have not yet delivered a workshop, contact your nearest Regional Coordinator or KT group facilitator in your area and let them know that you are interested and available to join workshop delivery teams. A short refresher video on Farmer Workshop delivery, based on feedback from workshops to date, will be circulated shortly to all Stage 2-trained service providers-keep an eye on your emails!

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