My healthy herd, my fertile herd, my productive herd, my HAPPY herd!
The abolition of milk quotas in 2015 may signal a rapid increase in dairy herd size in Ireland. The emphasis is ever shifting from the individual dairy cow to the dairy herd. Dairy herd health and management is an exciting field to be involved in today. I have the experience, skills, expertise and dedication to deliver a first rate ambulatory service to your dairy enterprise. Lameness, fertility, mastitis, nutrition, control of infectious disease and cow welfare are all fields in which I can make a real and positive difference to the profitability of your dairy; be it 50 cows or 500. Allow me to advise.
In recognition of the every increasing difficulty producers face in achieving high conception rates in their dairy herds, I am experienced in the field of reproductive ultrasound in cattle; I use the fully portable Easi Scan 3 digital ultrasound system for womb and ovarian pathology diagnosis as well as for pregnancy diagnosis. I am currently engaging with a number of farmers in the Mallow area to provide a routine, custom and highly efficient herd fertility service.
The ability to produce grass cheaply is a real advantage Irish producers over their European, North American and Australasian colleagues. This system, although highly efficient, cost effective and relatively easily managed, may require additional supplementation in the form of concentrates on an ad hoc basis throughout the year. I use the dairy nutrition program RUMNUT to help ensure delivery of balanced rations to my dairy clients.
Mastitis in can severely and adversely affect the health, welfare and productivity of your dairy herd. I have gained valuable experience in the investigation of mastitis outbreaks in dairy herds and am happy to advise on your specific concerns, requirements and goals. I use a DeLaval DCC counter for evaluation of cow / quarter somatic cell counts (SCCs) in real time. This aids immensely in decision making. If you milk record, then I can access and assess your herd and individual cow milk data online so as to identify problem areas and effect change for the better! I have the expertise and knowledge to improve your product's quality; better quality means better returns! The cow is of the bovine ilk, one end is MOO, the other MILK!
It has been documented that up to 20% of dairy cows in Irish herds are lame at any one time; every expanding herd sizes and fragmentation of farms mean that cows can spend more time walking on hard and unforgiving surfaces than Mother Nature ever intended. I use locomotion scoring as a tool for herd evaluation of lameness in herds. If you can't easily walk that track in your bare feet, neither can Daisy!