Finola McCoy, Programme Manager
W elcome to the March edition of the CellCheck newsletter. Our guest contributor this month is Paschal Coughlan of ICBF. Paschal is writing about the value of milk recording for Irish dairy herds. Milk recording is often seen as an avoidable cost, particularly at times of low milk price. However, that is exactly when milk recording is most valuable as it enables farmers to maximise the profitability of their herd and make informed decisions relating to quality milk production. As we enter the busiest time of year for most dairy farmers and their service providers, it is useful to remember some quick tips that can really help to get the season off to a good start. Becoming a dab-hand with a CMT is one! Read about it in the CellCheck Tip
of the Month. Remember too, that taking milk samples from cows with mastitis in early lactation before using any treatment is a really good practice-it helps in understanding where the problem is coming from and how to prevent it in the future. Farmers should take a sample from all cases, label it well and put it in the freezer. Samples will be fine in the freezer for 4 months-they may never be needed, but on the other hand, if you are concerned about the number of cases of mastitis as the season progresses, there will be an invaluable bank of data already collected that can be sent to the lab for culture. In partnership with Limerick RVL, we have been involved in the development and roll-out of a laboratory proficiency test scheme, which commercial labs are participating in-more about this in the coming months!
CELLCHECK NEWSLETTER • MARCH EDITION 2017
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