Dairygold unveils disease check plan
Dairygold has launched a new herd health screening programme which aims to identify and tackle disease levels in suppliers' herds.
Using its newly accredited milk-testing laboratory in Mallow, Co Cork, the co-op will test for conditions such as BVD, IBR, Neospora, Leptospirosis and Johne's.
Speaking at Dairygold's 2010 Milk Quality Awards in Cork last week, co-op chief executive Jim Woulfe insisted that maintaining world-class milk quality standards was essential.
"As a business involved in the food industry, we must ensure that our products meet the high standards demanded by our customers," Mr Woulfe said.
"We must provide continuous reassurance about the integrity of our products and be able to support this with protocols and systems that enable full traceability throughout the food chain right back to the animal."
A planned approach to tackling the diseases will involve diagnostic tests, biosecurity and vaccination programmes.
"We will work with Munster AI's herd health programme as well as with veterinary surgeons to promote and improve animal health within farms," Mr Woulfe said.