Newly rebranded dairy body prioritises drive to reduce antibiotic usage

Milk Quality Ireland: (Back) Brian Aherne (Fullwood Packo), Jerry Cronin (Glanbia Ireland), Seamus Goggin (milking machine technician), Francis Quigley (Teagasc), John Upton (Teagasc), Hugh Holland (Barryroe) and Pat Dillon (Teagasc). (Front row) Willie Ryan (Dairygold Co-op), Kevin McCabe (Lakeland Dairies), Eamonn Farrell (ICOS), Jerry Long (ICOS), Sinead Farrell (ICOS), Edmond Harty (Dairymaster) and Tom Ryan (Teagasc).

Legislation due to prohibit the blanket use of antibiotics on dairy farms by 2022 is a priority issue for the newly rebranded Milk Quality Ireland.

“The transition to selective dry cow therapy will be an important issue,” said Jerry Long, Milk Quality Ireland chairman. “This transition will require careful management including the need to scale up the level of milk recording across the national herd.”

Previously known as the Irish Milk Quality Co-operative Society Ltd (IMQCS), Milk Quality Ireland Co-operative Society Ltd is a dairy farm infrastructure group whose representatives include ICOS, the dairy co-ops, Teagasc, milking machine manufacturers and milking machine technicians.

“I’m extremely pleased to announce the unveiling of Milk Quality Ireland,” said Jerry Long.

In recent years, we have focused on areas of milk quality, as well as providing training and certification of milking machine technicians.

“We will continue this important work with a renewed focus on helping the dairy industry and farmers to meet significant new demands in relation to milk quality. These new demands relate to the adoption of non-chlorine cleaning protocols for milking equipment and bulk milk tanks, which will require changes to existing practices at farm level in order to respond to market requirements.”

Milk Quality Ireland was established in 1989 to improve milk quality standards in Ireland.

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