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Friday 2nd November 2012.

Charlotte Johnston - TheDairySite Editor

Charlotte Johnston
Editor








Industry Approach to Reducing Cell Counts and Improving Milk Quality

While milk quality is important and constant improvements in quality have to be made, the question arises over who should take the responsibility for this.

Speaking at the British Mastitis Conference, Finola McCoy, Research Officer at Teagasc, Ireland explained how the Irish dairy industry collaborated to bring to life a national udder health programme, called CellCheck.

Introduced at the end of 2010, CellCheck aims to build awareness, establish best practice, build capacity and evaluate change.

Two working groups have been established. The first to bring together the science of mastitis control and provide clear and consistent information to the industry. The second group consists of individuals with an intimate working knowledge of the Irish dairy industry and represents industry groups with the ability influence change at farm and industry level.

The CellCheck Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control were published in February 2012. Monthly articles have been sent to farming media, cooperatives and included in client newsletters to help raise awareness about the CellCheck programme and the value of improved udder health.

Seminars have also been held nationwide in line with the CellCheck Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control. The seminars have been open to all, including veterinarians, milk quality advisers, milking machine technicians, farm advisers etc.

Over 500 service providers attended the seminars over the last year, and, as well as providing practical information, gave these participants in the dairy industry the chance to meet people from other disciplines.

Farmer workshops have also helped deliver best science and practice information around mastitis control to producers. The workshops have helped encourage the uptake and improve standards of key best practices in everyday milking routines.

These workshops have identified significant gaps between routine practices and behaviours on farm, as well as the standards to which those practices are done.

CellCheck has also commissioned economic research, looking at effect of mastitis on farm profitability. Work currently being undertaken includes the cost of mastitis to the processing industry, which will help motivate change at a higher industry level.

Mastitis control is achievable, Ms McCoy said. The key is not only seeing that practices are implemented on farm, but reviewing the quality of implementation and ensuring farmers' understand why such practices are important.

To the TheDairySite readers, this will be my last editorial as I'm moving on to pastures new. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Michael Priestley, who will be taking over on TheDairySite. I wish you all the best for the future and thank you for reading!


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