Focus > December 2018

The many costs of heifer mastitis

Heifer mastitis can be a significant problem for some herds, threatening production and udder health in the first and subsequent lactations. Catherine McAloon, University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine and member of Animal Health Ireland’s CellCheck Technical Working Group, explores the many costs associated with heifer herd mastitis

A national animal welfare strategy for Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is the lead Government department on policy matters that relate to the welfare of animals. Recently, the DAFM announced a public consultation on its intention to develop a national strategy to guide its approach to animal welfare over the next five years, writes Martin Blake, chief veterinary officer at the DAFM