Dairy farmers must improve efficiency

Phil Moore, Elanco Companion Animal Business Manager; Doug Brooks, Elanco Ruminant Business Manager; Gaynor Hillier; Elanco Country Director for the UK and Ireland; Jerry Glover, Elanco Pig and Poultry Business Manager
Phil Moore, Elanco Companion Animal Business Manager; Doug Brooks, Elanco Ruminant Business Manager; Gaynor Hillier; Elanco Country Director for the UK and Ireland; Jerry Glover, Elanco Pig and Poultry Business Manager

Milk producers must strive to improve efficiency levels, if they wish to remain competitive in an increasingly volatile world, according to Elanco director Gaynor Hillier.

She was speaking at the launch of the company’s new business operation in Ireland earlier this week.

“Putting in place proper management systems throughout the year is, obviously, important,” she said.

“But the 90 days in the run up to and post calving are critical in this regard. Management decisions taken during the six day dry period and the thirty days post calving will determine the success or otherwise of the cow’s entire lactation.

“Over the past number of years, Elanco scientists have identified the key management requirements that must be met when it comes to getting cows through the dry period and then on to full milk. And our technical team is now in a position to work with vets and producers in bringing this new thinking down to individual farm level.

“Above all else, we are now able to tap into a much enhanced pool of research talent with a proven ability to deliver new and embracing animal health solutions. All of this is good news for practising veterinarians, livestock farmers and pet owners throughout Ireland.”

The Elanco director explained that the company is committed to finding new products and services across a wide range of veterinary disciplines. Where food animals are concerned these priorities include: disease protection, reducing the environmental impact of livestock production; increasing nutrient digestibility, enhancing animal well-being and eradicating food borne illnesses.”

The Elanco representative also gave a very broad hint that the company intends launching a new, cutting edge product, which will specifically target te dairy sector during the first quarter of 2016.