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Major Herd Health Meetings and Conference Announced for this Autumn

Pictured discussing the upcoming series of Beef Health Nights and a Dairy Herd Health conference were l-r: Dr Frank O’Mara, Director of Research, Teagasc; Pat O’Keeffe, Deputy Editor, Irish Farmers’ Journal; Jim O’Toole, Director, Meat & Livestock Division, Bord Bia; Mike Magan, Chairman, AHI and Finbarr Murphy, Veterinary Ireland.

Details of a series of Beef Health Nights and a Dairy Herd Health conference were announced today. The Beef Health Nights will take place on 21st of October in the McWilliams Park Hotel, Claremorris and on the 22nd of October in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore at 7.00pm. The Dairy Herd Health conference, which is a one day conference, will be held in Corrin Mart, Fermoy, Cork on the 23rd of October. Both events are sponsored by Bord Bia.

Animal Health Ireland, Teagasc, the Irish Farmers’ Journal and Veterinary Ireland have joined together to host these very important information meetings focusing on animal health at a critical time in the farming calendar.

Joe O’Flaherty, CEO of AHI, said “Animal Health Ireland is delighted to be partnering with our colleagues in Teagasc, Veterinary Ireland and the Irish Farmers’ Journal to enhance and improve animal health on Irish farms. These are important events for Animal Health Ireland, coming as they do at a very critical time in the farming calendar for both beef and dairy farmers. We are very conscious of the financial challenges facing farmers in both sectors and the objective of these events is to provide farmers with information to improve profitability through better animal health.”

Prof Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc, stated “Keeping your dairy and beef herds healthy is smart farming. Managing your livestock’s health through all stages, from the cow before mating, through the care of the young calf, to the weanling and finishing stages is the foundation of profitable milk and beef farming. These events will provide the latest advice and information on the best ways to plan and manage your herd to achieve profitable production.”

Commenting on the forthcoming dairy and beef conferences, Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive of Veterinary Ireland said “a planned approach to animal health issues at farm level can lead to significant productivity gains for Irish farmers. Taking the time to sit down with your veterinary practitioner and putting in place an animal health plan for your farm will lead to improved productivity, animal welfare and profitability. Such an approach to dealing with animal health issues will be increasingly important in the context of an expanding dairy sector and in order to further exploit the potential of our beef industry, and is consistent with the environmental sustainability objectives of an expanding agricultural sector, in the context of Food Harvest 2020 objectives. Looking after the health of the herd provides two benefits, firstly, peace of mind that clinical and sub clinical disease is being effectively managed, and secondly increased farm productivity. Teamwork with the vet, farmer and other advisors is key to achieving these goals”.

The Beef Health Nights will cover topics such as parasite control, nutrition and pneumonia in cattle while the programme for the one day Dairy Herd Health Conference will includes presentations on mastitis control, rearing healthy heifers, lameness, parasite control, biosecurity and genetics.

Further details of the complete conference programme are available on the AHI and Teagasc website, www.animalhealthireland.ie and www.teagasc.ie