In May 2011, Glanbia Plc launched a new disease screening service to its milk suppliers. Glanbia is the largest processor in Ireland, purchasing milk from 5,000 milk suppliers. The objective of the programme is to proactively determine and track disease risk on the farm and establish the current herd health status via screening for BVD, IBR, leptospirosis, johnes disease, neospora canium, salmonella, river fluke, rumen fluke, stomach worms, and mastitis bacteriology.
To meet the analysis and communication demands of the new herd health screening service, SoftTrace have collaborated with Glanbia personnel and customised the module to facilitate evaluating and reporting on the bulk sample test results (screened at predetermined intervals) along with supplier herd vaccination history and current status.
Herd screening is conducted at Glanbia’s accredited central laboratory facility in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, where the company offers an extensive and professional range of laboratory services to its suppliers and their advisors. The disease screening test results imported from Glanbia’s milk management system – Bainne – are monitored and validated using the SoftTrace MilkData module and a test report is provided to suppliers, farm advisors and veterinary practitioners via email, SMS messaging, fax or post.
In 2005 SoftTrace MilkData was implemented at the Glanbia Central Laboratory as part of an integrated construction and IT modernisation project designed to take full advantage of the latest testing technologies and information management systems. At Glanbia, MilkData is integrated with laboratory instruments, Glanbia’s milk management and payments system, financial system and external regulatory systems.
Glanbia recognises that as milk production expands over the coming years, sustainable animal healthcare programmes will be key drivers of that expansion. A key element of Glanbia’s leadership role is the screening of milk samples to establish the current health status of supplier dairy herds and the use of available information to develop herd specific animal health programmes. Glanbia’s on-going endeavours in maintaining world class milk quality standards typifies the company’s commitment to its milk suppliers, customers and consumers by investing in the on-going development of the company’s food quality, traceability and safety systems.