The Administration of homeopathic remedies
on an Irish Dairy Farm
SAFE SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE
SAFE: ON ANIMALS AND HUMANS
SIMPLE:THAT A THREE YEARS CAN HELP DOSE 100 COWS IN THREE MINUTES.
EFFECTIVE: WITHIN MINUTES OF CONSUMING A REMEDY
Compiled by Pat Aherne, February 2014
Pat Aherne – My Personal Experience with Farm Homeopathy
My name is Pat Aherne and I am dairy farmer from Co. Cork, milking 100 cows – I take great pride in the raw product that I produce and the production methods I use to produce it.
My first memory of homeopathy was 20 years ago, it was a conversion that my father and another farmer were having and they came to the conclusion that homoepathy was only “water”.
The next time I came across it would have been at Bandon mart in west cork in April of 2010, I would not have given it a second thought only for the brutal spring when our herd of cows were struck down with a mastitis infection in February, at the peak of the outbreak out I was treating 16 cows and by the time I had got the infection under control I had a total of 23 cases of mastitis in three weeks, I was worn out from the stress and I concluded that there has to be a better way to treating animals and hence and decided to approach the sales rep. I was very sceptical of the concept but as the company had been in business over 20 years I decided to give it a go.
From that day on my life and the health of our herd changed forever
An added bonus to using homeopathy is that there is no milk withdrawal, I found this to be very important as there is nothing worse than pumping an animal with antibiotics and dumping her milk for up to 10 days at a cost of up to E150 / case, at the time I was averaging 10 cases of mastitis per year and also reduced yield. I began on the Mastitis Programme in May 2010, a product called Ridomast is put it into the drinking water once a month for four months I was also given a stronger/direct dose to give to any cow that had a high cell count (cell count in a cow is her white blood cells, under 200,000 is a healthy animal over 200k is fighting an infection and over 1 million cow is under stress which then lead on to health problems like mastitis and infertility as well as reduced yield).
Since beginning to use homeopathy, I have had less cases of mastitis, now about 3 – 4 per year with no milk dumped, fertility and yield is up. With the success of this product I now purchase most of my health care products from this company for example viruses are a big problem in Irish herds (BVD, leptospirosis, Salmonella and IBR) if I were to vaccinate it would mean 4 separate injections for the animals on 4 different days. With homeopathy put it in to the water once a month for 4 months again no stress on man or animal. Another very important aspect is the back-up service and advice I receive for all the staff in GH Agri.
I use GH Agri programmes for parasite, fertility and retained placenta as well as other products including a vitamin and mineral supplement and organic foot bath hoof klenz for bathing the cows hoofs during the grazing season.