A series of Beef Health nights and a Dairy Herd Health conference have been announced in an effort to focus on animal health at a critical time in the farming calendar.
The events have been organised by Animal Health Ireland, Teagasc, the Irish Farmers’ Journal and Veterinary Ireland and sponsored by Bord Bia.
The Beef Health Nights will cover topics such as parasite control, nutrition and pneumonia in cattle and will take place 21 October in the McWilliams Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co Mayo and 22 October in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly at 7pm. The programme for the one day Dairy Herd Health Conference includes presentations on mastitis control, rearing healthy heifers, lameness, parasite control, biosecurity and genetics. It will be held in Corrin Mart, Fermoy, Co Cork on 23 October.
Commenting on the forthcoming dairy and beef conferences Joe O’Flaherty, CEO of AHI, said: “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: “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.”
Finbarr Murphy, Chief Executive of Veterinary Ireland added: “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.”
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Source: Irish Farmers Journal