Promoting cows in Moscow!

As I write this blog, we have 70% of our own dairy livestock housed for the winter. It has been a really great Autumn for grass growth and ground conditions have been excellent for grazing cows and other dairy livestock .

We are paying particular attention to liver fluke in our cattle this year. There have been strong warnings coming from our Department of Agriculture that high levels of liver fluke are showing up all over Ireland in the livers of livestock that are being slaughtered for the food chain in the past few months.

Off to Russia

In early October, we attended the Golden Autumn Agricultural exhibition in Moscow. It was a very interesting show. We had a trade stand in conjunction with Bord Bia (the Irish food board) and Enterprise Ireland (Irish promoters of businesses abroad). We had an excellent show promoting dairy cattle from Ireland to the Russian marketplace.

Even the cows dress up at the Golden Autumn Agricultural exhibition in Moscow

Even the cows dress up at the Golden Autumn Agricultural exhibition in Moscow

There is a huge market in Russia for dairy stock (particularly Holsteins and Friesians) as Russia strives to be independent when it comes to food security within the Soviet Union.

Back home, (and despite the weak pound) the trade for dairy stock has picked up in the UK. The milk price trend is on the up and all indications are for this trend to continue as milk is in short supply due to poorer than usual grass silage quality throughout Europe this year. To date the UK milk supply is 10% behind last year’s production.

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