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Dairy Newsletter - February 2021

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Start milk recording this spring; Feeding the young calf; Complete the first milk recording by St Patrick’s Day; Lameness around calving time; and Health & Safety.

View Dairy Newsletter - February 2021 here (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Start milk recording this spring
    This year is a very important one for dairy farmers in preparing for the new veterinary medicines legislation that will be in place from January 2022. This legislation will mean that dairy farmers will need to change how they use antibiotics, and antibiotics can no longer be used as a preventative measure, i.e., when drying off uninfected cows. 
  • Feeding the young calf
    Guidelines on feeding the young calf adequately was one of the topics covered at January’s CalfCare webinars run in conjunction with Animal Health Ireland (AHI).
  • Complete the first milk recording by St Patrick’s Day
    Spring 2021 is your last opportunity to start collecting a full year’s milk recording data before the change in regulation on the use of dry cow antibiotics at drying off.
  • Lameness around calving time
    According to Waterford-based Ned Dunphy of Farm Relief Services and veterinary surgeon Ger Cusack of Comeragh Veterinary Practice, lameness is an often-overlooked aspect of dairy cow health. Early intervention when lameness occurs is critical to success.  
  • Health & Safety - Review your risk assessment
    February brings an increase in workload and associated risk to the farm. In 2020, 19 farm workplace deaths occurred, three in the childhood, six in the 17-64 years, and 10 in the 65 year old or higher age categories.