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At Dairygold, we work closely with our milk suppliers, providing a comprehensive range of services and support to ensure sustainability and improvements at farm level in the short and long term. Our mission is to assist milk suppliers in the Society to ensure a consistent supply of high quality milk.
Dairygold personnel will provide consultation and assistance where required to Milk Suppliers on:
For all milk related queries and weekend contact numbers please contact the helpdesk on 1890 200840. At all other times contact your milk advisor for help and advice (telephone numbers are published in the Society Farm newsletter each month and on the MyMilk App and on www.dairygold.ie).
It is vitally important to ensure that Dairygold Co-Op Society has your correct mobile phone number.
The National Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS) was launched by Bord Bia in December 2013 with the support of the Irish Dairy Industry. This independently accredited Scheme demonstrates the quality and sustainability of our dairy produce right back to the farm where the milk is produced. The scheme replaces the existing Dairygold farm audits (for Suppliers who are certified) and it also satisfies the Society’s regulatory and commercial requirements.
Dairygold and the Industry as a whole, believe, for the SDAS Scheme to deliver the maximum benefits from the marketplace and to meet the expectations of key customers, full certification of all Milk Suppliers is essential.
The following table is a reminder of the 10 most common items to be aware of when preparing for the SDAS audit.
Top 10 Items for SDAS Checklist
|Water test||A water test report from Enfer Labs lasts 3 years.|
|Dairygold Farm Sign||Farm sign must be present in prominent location.|
|Medicine Records||Records must be updated back to most recent Bord Bia audit if you are existing member of dairy or beef scheme. Or|
3 months’ records prior to audit if new member to the scheme.
|Farm Safety Statement||Farm safety booklet must be maintained regularly.|
|Bovine Herd Register||Herd Register can be completed in “Blue Book” or Online.|
|Feed Purchase Dockets||A sample of feed purchase dockets must be provided for the audit.|
|Dairy||Fully sealed to ensure vermin proof e.g. doors, no openings in walls.|
|Milking Parlour||Milking equipment should be clean and all surfaces reasonably clean.|
|Farm Hazards||Open slurry pits must be adequately fenced off, guards on PTO shafts.|
The Dairygold Milk Advisory Team is available to offer help and advice in relation to any and all aspects of the scheme. If you have any queries in relation to the scheme, please contact your local Milk Advisor or our lo call help desk on 1890 200 840