The message from the Dairylink webinar on Monday night was loud and clear – animal health planning needs to be a lot more than marketing spin. It needs to be a live, working document that the farmer, the farm vet and advisers can use to make the business better.

Dairy farmer John Oliver started milking in 2015 on what he would describe as a hill farm near Limavady, Co Derry. John’s vet Keith Laughlin would describe John’s farm and the general terrain as a relatively difficult part of this island in terms of the type of weather fronts that hit the northwest coast, especially at 600ft above sea level. Many readers will be following Peter McCann’s reports on this farm on the Dairylink page each week.