Farm Biosecurity & Facility Hygiene

A good Biosecurity Plan can be drawn up at farm level by assessing the risks posed by the movement of stock, personnel and vehicles onto farms.

Your Vet can advise you on precautions and risks involved in purchasing stock, especially stock bulls.
A few simple actions like:
1. Placing footbaths at the farm and dairy entrance.
2. Having footbaths at calving house and calf house entrances will prevent disease spread within a farm.
3. Clean out water troughs in fields prior to the start of the grazing season.
4. Keep boundary fences in good repair and prevent nose to nose contact with neighbouring stock.
5. Keep vermin under control.
6. Do not stress stock by under feeding or having poor husbandry practices.
7. Parasite control needs to be timely and appropriate for your farm.
8. Be careful not to introduce disease onto your farm when returning from cattle marts, shows, farm events etc.
For further information on events pertaining to this herd health initiative contact Billy Kelleher in Moorepark on 087 2434236, or

Milking Equipment Washing Routines - Dr. David Gleeson (Teagasc)

Choosing a wash routine- 4 most popular routines
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Housing & Bedding Best Pratice

Cow Housing  Make sure saw dust is dry (cubicles), Run Scrapers regularly and Clip Tails  Calving Boxes Disinfect regularly, Use Stalosan F after every calving....Read More


Herd Health & Biosecurity

Dairygold and Teagasc are making a determined effort to put herd health on the dairy farmer’s agenda for the next three years. This will be achieved by providing services and information to milk suppliers....Read More

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