Type

Journal Article

Authors

Bernadette Earley
Luke Grady
Damien Barrett
Paul Crosson
Michael L Doherty
John F. Mee
Luke O'Grady
James O'Shaughnessy

Subjects

Veterinary

Topics
beef suckler herd health management practices health status irish beef health management irish studies animal health stocking rate herd management beef suckler herds

Herd health status and management practices on 16 Irish suckler beef farms (2013)

Abstract Background: There have been few studies published internationally which document herd health management practices in suckler beef herds and no published Irish studies. The study objective was to document herd health status and management practices on sixteen Irish suckler beef herds over a two year period (2009–2010). The farms used in the study were part of the Teagasc BETTER farm beef programme. The mean (s.d.) herd size, stocking rate and farm size was 68 cows (27.6), 2.0 LU/ha (0.3) and 64.3 (21.6) adjusted hectares, respectively. Two questionnaires were designed; 1) a farmer questionnaire to collect information on farm background and current herd health control practices and 2) a veterinary questionnaire to collect information on the extent of animal health advice given by veterinarians to their clients and identification of any on-farm herd health issues.Results: Dystocia, calf pneumonia, and calf diarrhoea, in that order, were identified as the primary herd health issues in these Irish suckler beef herds. In addition, substantial deficiencies in biosecurity practices were also identified on these farms.Conclusions: The findings of this study may serve as the focus for future research in animal health management practices in Irish suckler beef herds.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Bernadette Earley, Luke Grady, Damien Barrett, Paul Crosson, Michael L Doherty, John F. Mee, Luke O'Grady, James O'Shaughnessy

Experts in our system

1
Bernadette Earley
Teagasc
Total Publications: 120
 
2
Damien J. Barrett
Teagasc
Total Publications: 23
 
3
Paul Crosson
Teagasc
Total Publications: 16
 
4
Michael L. Doherty
Teagasc
Total Publications: 119
 
5
J F Mee
Teagasc
Total Publications: 72
 
6
Luke O'Grady
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 54
 
7
James O'Shaughnessy
Teagasc
Total Publications: 9