DAIRY SECTOR

Ger Hennessy, Dairygold Co-op, left, with Eugene Lyons and his son Eugene, Aghabullogue, Co Cork, and some of their British Friesian herd, after they were named winners earlier this year of the Dairygold milk quality awards.

Much work to do on reducing SCC levels

Recent data from the ICBF shows that the average SCC in-herd record from July 30 to August 8 this year was 206,000, which is an improvement in recent years.

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Much work to do on reducing SCC levels

Recent data from the ICBF shows that the average SCC in-herd record from July 30 to August 8 this year was 206,000, which is an improvement in recent years.

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Much work to do on reducing SCC levels

Recent data from the ICBF shows that the average SCC in-herd record from July 30 to August 8 this year was 206,000, which is an improvement in recent years.

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Farmers face one of their biggest ever super levy challenges

The country is more than 7% over milk quota, and farmers face one of their biggest ever super levy challenges.

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Forage feed values and prices may vary

Be careful when purchasing forage, as the quality can vary widely, and it should be assessed locally by Teagasc before you buy.

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Manage grass to optimise quality and quantity

Lengthening rotations from mid-August to 30-35 days in late September is a very important aspect of grassland management.

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61-year-old herd stars

A family tradition in Pure Friesian breeding over four generations came under the spotlight at the recent IHFA Pure Friesian Open Day, which featured a herd averaging 6,696kg at 4.38 % fat and 3.51% protein, without following the Holstein route.

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Big surge in reseeding is expected

On average, only about 2.5% of potentially good grassland is reseeded annually.

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Supports must be given to those most in need

When I was invited to attend the launch of the latest programme, I was delighted, because it took place on the kind of family farm I have always advocated, and it was being led from the Dairygold side by Jim Woulfe, who has always been a supporter of this kind of co-operation.

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€1m project to help expansion after quotas

Dairygold Co-op has again joined with Teagasc and is investing €1m in a programme to help its milk suppliers achieve profitable and sustainable expansion in the post-quota era.

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