CellCheck Newsletter APRIL 2019 FINAL


Programme news

Finola McCoy, Programme Manager

W elcome to this month’s edition of the CellCheck newsletter. Very often I get queries from people who have taken some milk samples for culture, but aren’t sure where they should send them…..hence the introduction of the CellCheck Partner Lab list! This is a list on the AHI website of all commercial laboratories that are delivering mastitic milk sample services to an agreed standard and undergoing continual evaluation in this area. For more information, see this month’s Tip of the Month. Our guest contributor this month, Julie Bolton, Veterinary Inspector in the ARM Division of DAFM, reminds us about the growing challenge that is AMR, and some of the practices that we can adopt that can help to reduce the risk of AMR developing. One of these is to correctly identify the bacteria responsible for infection and the appropriate antibiotic treatment, which is why culturing samples is such an important practice. Our featured research paper looks at findings from an Irish study which looked at the pathogens responsible for clinical mastitis in a group of Irish farms. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to remind readers that the Discussion Group competition in the CellCheck Milking For Quality awards is now open for entries. All entries must be received by May 13 th . For more information see the AHI website click here or talk to your Teagasc advisor. The addition of the Discussion Group competition to the awards in 2018 was very positive, and encouraged many groups to put a spotlight on udder health and set themselves targets for improvement. Group members supported and motivated each other to achieve these targets, which delivers returns for everyone.

2018 Best SCC Discussion Group winners Pasture Apprentices - Midlands

2018 Most Improved SCC Discussion Group CFS Discussion Group - Kerry



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