Are you finding your way around the world-wide web?
IF YOU have spent any time on the internet youll know that there are many millions of sites. But sorting the useful from the useless is more of a challenge. Here are a few sites that cover dairy related topics which you may find interesting. If you can recommend any others e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Milk Development Council
Includes project factsheets, news on the progress of the generic advertising campaign and a list of publications available – which you can order by e-mail. The sites also includes contact details for each of its Focus Centres.www.mdc.org.uk
The latest news from MAFF, regularly updated. It has a good library of information, with details of environmental schemes, quotas and livestock premium schemes, and disease and welfare information, as well as a comprehensive section on bovine TB. Publications are listed, but there is no on-line ordering facility.
National Dairy Council
If you havent seen the generic milk advertising campaign TV ads you can watch them through this site, with the right software on your personal computer. Click on the information button to find nutritional information, recipes, info and games for schoolchildren, and links to other dairy related sites.
Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland
Details of research projects at Hillsborough and Greenmount College in Northern Ireland.
Holstein UK and Ireland
This site includes details of the societys services available, news and show reports and bull rankings on PIN, PLI and type merit.
Straights Feeders Group
Limited access for non-members, but join up and you can receive details on the latest straights price trends and factsheets to assist with cow nutrition and management.
Details of research on a full range of dairy cow and business management topics for producers and students.
Farmers Weekly Interactive
Daily news service and market reports, a four day weather forecast and the ability to search for previous articles on the web-site and in back issues of farmers weekly using key words. Other features include classified adverts and an on-line auction, an open forum where producers can express their views, farm management tools and buyers guides.