CellCheck Newsletter December 2016 FINAL 1

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SERVICE PROVIDER NOTES SERVICE PROVIDER UPDATE P16

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AHI gratefully acknowledges the financial and other contributions of FBD, Teagasc, UCD and our other stakeholders to the CellCheck programme.

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CELLCHECK NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER EDITION 2016

NEWS

Finola McCoy, Programme Manager

CellCheck Milking For Quality awards

THE SECOND national award ceremony for the CellCheck Milking For Quality awards was held last week in the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny. This was a very enjoyable night with almost 700 invitees in attendance. The evening commenced with a drinks reception for the award winners and their partners, industry representative and sponsors, followed by dinner. After dinner, there was a lively and interesting panel discussion, hosted by Justin McCarthy of the Irish Farmer’s Journal. The panel included Jim Bergin, CEO, GII, Eoin Touhy, dairy farmer and winner of Best 500 Award, Martin Blake, CVO, DAFM, Gerry Boyle, Director, Teagasc, Joe O’Flaherty, CEO, AHI and myself. This very successful evening was supported by the Irish Farmer’s Journal and Ornua, with the plaques for the winners sponsored again this year by the FBD Trust.

Eoin Touhy, Dairy Farmer, Jim Bergin, GII, Gerry Boyle, Teagasc, Martin Blake, DAFM, Joe O’Flaherty, AHI, Finola McCoy, AHI and Justin McCarty of the Irish Farmers’ Journal who facilitated the panel discussion at the Awards ceremony.

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The CellCheck Milking For Quality award is given to the 500 milk suppliers nationally with the lowest, weighted annual average SCC, based on 2015 SCC data collated and analysed by the Department of Agriculture. While there has been clear progress in the SCC of the national herd in the last few years, it is also fascinating to see continual progress in the ‘Best 500’ herds; the first year that the awards were presented, all the winners had an SCC <103,000 cells/mL, which reduced to <97,000 cells/mL last year and <87,000 cells/mL this year! This is a phenomenal achievement, and one which all award winners should be very proud of, with many receiving an award plaque for the third year in a row. A presentation of a hamper was also made to the supplier from each of the 13 participating co-ops, with the lowest average SCC for 2015. I would like to congratulate all the winners, their families and staff on their incredible achievements, and to thank the sponsors of our award ceremony for their generosity and support. Well done everyone!

Paul Crosson, LacPatrick presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Michael and Colleen Rooney of Sheetrim, Monaghan.

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Hugh Holland of Barryroe Coop presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Kieran and Sinead Whelton of Courtmacsherry, Bandon.

Anthony Walsh of Aurivo presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC in 2015 - Desmond McHugh of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

Joe Kerrigan, Centenary Thurles Coop presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2016 - Philip Thornton of Dualla, Cashel.

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Alo Duffy, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Andrew and Ruth Wilson of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.

James Lynch, Chairman, Dairygold Coop presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Matthew and Tricia Treacy of Killeagh, Cork.

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Jerry Ryan of Arrabawn presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Robert and Denise Muir of Killaloe, Co. Clare.

Stephen Shorten, Vice-Chairman, Bandon Coop presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Andrew and Mairead Crowley of Ballinadee, Bandon.

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Seamus Daly, Drinagh Coop presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Richard Jennings of Keelinga, Leap, Cork

Sinead Treanor, Carbery presenting the Award to the Lisavaird Coop supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Alan and Kathleen French of Rosscarbery, Cork

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Jim Bergin, GII presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Eamonn and Anne Doyle of Inistioge, Kilkenny.

Richard Donovan, Chairman, Tipperary Coop presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 - Liam and Marian Hayes of Gortnvoher, Aherlow.

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John Collins, Kerry Agribusiness presenting the Award to their supplier with the best SCC for 2015 to John Shanahan, who accepted the Award on behalf of John Mannix of Lixnaw, Tralee.

Joe Healy IFJ, Jim Bergin GII, Seamus Daly Drinagh Coop, Mike Magan AHI, Stephen Shorten Vice- Chairman, Bandon Coop, Joe O’Flaherty AHI, Michael Berkery FBD, Justin McCarthy IFJ, Finola McCoy AHI, Jeanne Kelly Ornua, Sinead Treanor Carbery, and Sean Molloy GII.

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Justin McCarthy IFJ, Joe O’Flaherty AHI, Mike Magan AHI with Jeanne Kelly Ornua, Finola McCoy AHI and Michael Berkery FBD.

Mike Magan AHI, Sean Brady AHI Board member, Justin McCarthy IFJ, Liam O’Flaherty Dairygold, Joe O’Flaherty AHI, James Lynch Chairman, Dairygold, Anthony Walsh Aurivo, Finola McCoy AHI, Jeanne Kelly Ornua, Alo Duffy Chairman, Lakeland Dairies.

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Jim Bergin GII, Mike Magan AHI, Joe Healy President IFA and CellCheck Best 500 winner, Tom Starr Arrabawn Coop, with Jeanne Kelly Ornua, Joe O’Flaherty and Finola McCoy, AHI.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Mike Magan, Chairman, Animal Health Ireland

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

THE NATIONAL SCC for 2015 was 190,000 cells/mL. This is as a result of great attention to detail by farmers, who in many cases, have been guided by the various components that make up the CellCheck multidisciplinary team approach. Cooperation in tackling health initiatives in cattle is a proven successful way in getting a clear focus and delivery of key messages and this approach has worked particularly well in driving the CellCheck programme. Irish milk is as good as any other and I’m convinced that if we continue to keep the focus on this area, we can be better than our international competitors. The recent presentation of the Best 500 Awards, to the dairy farmers in the country with the best annual SCC has become a wonderful celebration of high achievement on the part of the winners. It would be too easy for the CellCheck programme to claim credit for these top performers, but it does highlight what is achievable and is a simple way to encourage other farmers to follow. We have challenges ahead, particularly in the case of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The United Nations has listed AMR as one of the top three dangers the world human population faces. To put it in its simplest form, the concern is that we are fast running out of antibiotics that are able to deal with bugs that affect humans and that as a result some people will not respond to treatment, due to resistance. Think of how you would feel if it happened to someone close to you!

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AMR is fast becoming a serious issue we must be aware of, which we as farmers must play our part to prevent, and also take measures to communicate this message to society. As farmers, we are all very well aware that NO milk enters the food chain that has antibiotics present. However, we often need to remind the consumer of this. We are also now moving to a stage where we need to show that we have measures in place to limit the use of antibiotics in farm animal production. An example of this is where we use blanket dry cow treatment with long acting antibiotics. We need to consider taking measures that target problem cows in the herd that require antibiotic treatment, and use other treatments for the other cows. Healthy animals need little or no drugs. Success in the reduction of the national SCC levels is a good start. We need to do more and we can by continuing to work together.

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CELLCHECK TIP OF THE MONTH CELLCHECK NEWSLETTER DECEMBER EDITION 2016

THE MILKING PARLOUR is where income on a dairy farm is generated, through the harvesting of milk in a safe, clean and efficient manner. Milkingmachines spendmany hours connected to the most valuable part of your farm - your cows. So making sure they are serviced regularly is essential to ensure that they don’t contribute to mastitis in your herd, and have a negative impact on your potential income. Get your milking machine ready for spring 2017 AT THIS TIME OF YEAR: • Book in your service before spring time with a registered IMQCS technician. A list of these in your local area is available on [click here] . • Get the service technician to go through the report fully with you – it is important to have an understanding of how the machine is functioning, and why certain recommendations may have been made. • Carry out any repairs needed immediately. • Start the season with a new set of liners, and change them after 2000 milkings or 6 months, whichever comes first. • To keep machines in top condition test and service every six months. Don’t forget about the teat sprayers! Check that these are working fully and replace any nozzles that are blocked or faulty.

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AT EVERY MILKING: Carry out checks to make sure you have a fully functioning machine. Daily, weekly and monthly checks will help as an early warning system of any faults. See our CellCheck video to see what these simple recommended checks are [click here] .

More information is available online www.cellcheck.ie and in the CellCheck Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control

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SERVICE PROVIDER UPDATE CELLCHECK NEWSLETTER DECEMBER EDITION 2016

CELLCHECK FARMER WORKSHOP activity under the KT programme is well underway, with more than 80 workshops completed since activity started in early October. Feedback from participants following participation in a workshop has been very positive. Approx. 90 more workshops are scheduled for the remainder of the first phase of workshop activity, which will conclude at the end of January 2017. This is to avoid competing with the spring demands that both farmers and service providers will face. The second phase of workshop activity will recommence in earnest after spring 2017. All queries regarding the delivery of CellCheck workshops may be directed Lisa Byrne, lbyrne@ animalhealthireland.ie or through the Animal Health Ireland office in Carrick on Shannon on 071 9671928. General KT programme queries should be directed to the Department of Agriculture at KTInformation@agriculture.gov.ie.

Maeve O’Connor explaining the importance of CMT testing to identify problem cows at a recent CellCheck Farmer Workshop in Cork.

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CELLCHECK NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER EDITION 2016

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

Paul Cullinan 087 2470803 Mayo/Sligo Aurivo

Brendan Dillon 087 2626851 Cork/Waterford/ Wexford/Wicklow Glanbia

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Tom Starr 087 6697010 Tipperary/Limerick Arrabawn Co-op

Sean McCarthy 066 7163200 Kerry/Clare Kerry Agribusiness

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John Fitzpatrick 086 0426567 Kilkenny/Laois/Carlow/ Kildare/Dublin Glanbia

Sinead Treanor 023 8822369 West Cork Carbery Group

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Tom Downes 087 2564669 Longford/Monaghan Lakeland Dairies

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Andrew O’Neill 086 1836505 Tipperary Tipperary Co-Op

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