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No US farms opt for on-site milk testing for bird flu
Anne O'Donoghue
Media in the US have reported that as of the beginning of this week, no farms had signed up to the measure.
12 June 2024 News
Impact of bird flu felt across the globe
In the US, the H5N1 strain of avian influenza has spread to dairy cows in 12 states, while in Australia the H7N3 strain has caused over 500,000 chickens to be culled.
Watch: inside a 6,500-head dairy-beef calf-rearing farm in Somerset
Adam Woods visited Long Lane farm this week, which rears 6,500 calves annually for the Buitelaar group.
Increase in dairy dispersal sales
A number of mart managers in the south have noted an increase in the number of dairy dispersal sales.
5 June 2024 News
Dairy calf birth registrations rising in Britain
Calf birth registrations in Britain shows an ongoing rise in the number of animals originating from a dairy dam.
5 June 2024 Northern Ireland
US approves methane-reducing feed additive for dairy cows
Feeding one tablespoon of the additive per dairy cow per day can reduce methane emissions by 30% annually, Elanco has said.
1 June 2024 News
Antrim firm develops plastic shed roofing
The material is manufactured by Mallusk-headquartered company Brett Martin.
29 May 2024 Northern Ireland
Bird flu spreading through US dairy farms
Milk yield drops of up to 25% have been reported in herds affected by bird flu, writes Aidan Brennan.
29 May 2024 News
114,000 fewer cattle on farms on 1 April
Significant reductions in suckler cow and dairy female numbers.
29 May 2024 News
Farm-to-farm movements down over 40,000 head in 2024
Farm-to-farm movements reduced by over 28,000 head in Munster, while, in contrast, mart throughput has remained largely steady.
26 May 2024 News
Dairy cull cow kill up 23,500 head in 2024
There were almost 115,000 dairy cull cows drafted for slaughter in the first four months of 2024, while the beef cull cow kill of over 42,000 head was steady with 2023 levels.
24 May 2024 News
Winter finisher problems continue
We have slaughtered an extra 20,000 cows so far in 2024, the majority of which are dairy cows.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints