October 2017 Newsletter

Milk Price, SDAS Update, Agri Workshop, NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, Johnes Programme, Management & Infrastructure Around Lameness

23 October 2017

Milk Price

The milk price for the month of September is unchanged at 37.31 cpl (169.61 cents per gallon) at 3.60% butterfat and 3.30% protein, including Summer Somatic Cell Count (SCC) bonus of 0.5 cpl and VAT at 5.4%.

The average price paid for the month is 44.62 cents per litre. This is based on the average butterfat of 4.35% and protein of 3.83%, including SCC bonus and VAT.

SDAS Update

Increasingly, customers of dairy products are demanding that milk is produced in a sustainable manner under an accredited quality scheme. Carbery must compete in this environment and demonstrate to its existing and new customers that all milk being processed is in full compliance.

Accordingly your Board has decided that as and from 1st January 2018 milk collection will only take place from SDAS compliant milk producers.

Agri Workshop

The Society's annual Agri Workshop will take place on Wednesday 6th of December in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen.

More details in next month’s newsletter.

NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards 2017

NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards 2017
Pictured at the NDC & Kerrygold Milk Quality Awards recently from L-R are: Zoe Kavanagh, CEO NDC; Tim Regan, Drinagh; Michelle Crowley; Margueritte Crowley; Aisling Crowley; Michael Crowley; Gavin Crowley; Colm Crowley; Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Michael Creed; NDC ambassador & Chef Clodagh McKenna; Arron Forde, NDC Chairman; TJ Sullivan, Drinagh Chairman.

At the recent NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards Michael and Marguerite Crowley from Bauravilla, Skibbereen were joint overall runners up. The Crowleys were one of three farms recognized for an Excellence in Dairy Farming Award aswell as receiving a second award for “Best Percentage Solids”. Drinagh wish to congratulate Michael, Marguerite and family on their excellent achievement.

Johnes Programme

Around calving is a critical time for Johnes control management

Animal Health Ireland (AHI) have announced the commencement of a new programme for the control of Johnes Disease in Ireland. The programme will be introduced in two phases, the first phase commencing September / October 2017 with the second phase expected to start early in 2018.

Phase one of the scheme will apply to herdowners who previously enrolled or participated in the dairy pilot programme (2014-2016). AHI will cover the testing to the value of €3.60 per cow tested - it will cover any testing completed in 2017. Each herdowner will have 12 months from September 2017 to complete testing if not already completed in earlier 2017.

Phase one of the scheme also includes an on-farm veterinary risk assessment and management practices (VRAMP) visit by an approved veterinary practitioner. The VRAMP will be funded by the milk processor and all participants are encouraged to complete this in the next few months before the start of calving.

During Phase Two, access to the programme will be broadened to include all herdowners who wish to register with the programme.

Management & Infrastructure Around Lameness

Farm of John Hurley, Kilronan, Dunmanway
(By kind permission)
Wednesday 15th November
@ 11.00 am


  • Ger Cusack, (Vet Surgeon)
  • Patrick Gowing, Dairy Expansion Specialist
  • Tom Ryan, Farm Buildings Specialist
  • Local Teagasc Advisors


  • Understanding and Managing Lameness in Pastoral Systems
  • Keys to understanding the Dairy cow
  • Different Types of Injuries
  • Farmyard Layout Design
  • Farm Roadways and Infrastructure