The Heritage Bill was a 'trivial waste of taxpayers money that won't do farmers any favours' says leading dairy farmer
The newly passed Heritage Bill won’t do farmers any favours, a dairy farmer has warned.
The newly passed Heritage Bill won’t do farmers any favours, a dairy farmer has warned.
As I sit basking in the Kerry sunshine writing this column, I realise there are many of you wishing that this period of dry weather would end.
More than 1,200 extra people were employed on Irish dairy farms between 2010 and 2016, according to new research that will be presented by Teagasc at the International Agricultural Workforce...
Cattle are unable to dissipate their heat load very effectively.
Patrick Hickey farms with his wife Elaine and brother John with two dairy farms in the midlands and three other brothers involved in dairying.
Parlour-fed concentrate will form a major part of daily feed allowance in drought conditions, according to Teagasc.
Here's key advice from Teagasc on how to manage drought conditions on your farm
The incidence of BVD in calves born so far this year has halved compared to 2017, new figures from Animal Health Ireland (AHI) show.
Rainfall in most of the country is well below normal levels, according to Met Eireann, and Teagasc is advising farmers to manage drought conditions by holding rotation lengths.
The Government could be forced to restrict farming expansion if Ireland is to avoid massive EU fines for not meeting its targets on emissions reduction.
The improvement in weather for the past three weeks has provided an excellent opportunity to preserve top quality silage and get slurry spread in preparation for second cuts of silage.
The challenge for mid-summer grazing management is to keep leafy grass in front of the herd every day.
New research from Teagasc Grange has highlighted the dangers of Vitamin D deficiency among young calves in Ireland.
Farmers in some parts of the country are facing possible moisture deficits as the good weather continues.
For a number of years silage time seems to have coincided with erratic weather patterns which has made the first cut a 'snatch and grab' operation.
As silage harvesting continues at speed, farmers will need to make the most of the better weather early this week.
Recent weeks has seen much improved grass growth and ground conditions for most of the country.
This has been an extremely difficult season to date. Grazing conditions and indeed the opportunity for zero grazing have been challenging.
Rainfall was an unprecedented 144ml for the month of April in our part of Kerry, so last weekend's turn in the weather was a long overdue boost to both dairy prospects and farmers' morale.
This spring has tested the mental resolve of farmers up and down the country. It has been a huge battle to ensure that our cattle have had enough feed in front of them and for many, the battle continues.
Any farmer looking to get the most out of their grass, when putting cattle out, needs to take these four tips from Teagasc on board.
FARMERS have been urged to stick with target dates for first cut silage and to close as much ground as is feasible over the coming weeks.
An improvement in soil temperatures has brought relief to most dairy farmers as they see an opportunity to get cows outdoors. Yet many farmers are still faced with keeping cows...
Concerns are being raised over the fast-approaching breeding season as farmers continue to deal with the fallout from the weather woes.
In response to the fodder crisis in the north-west, Teagasc teamed up with Aurivo Co-op for a series of farm walks in Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal earlier...
Synchronisation involves the hormonal manipulation of the cow's reproductive cycle.
Cutting energy costs by 40pc on farms is "absolutely realistic" by following some simple steps and using readily available products, according to a Teagasc researcher.
We have been waiting for what seems like an eternity, but finally the spring proper has arrived. We've been so busy dealing with the shortage of...
"If you're not changing, you're standing still and eventually going backwards." This philosophy is...
Rearing calves requires a high level of management, particularly in the first couple of weeks. As a rule of thumb a calf must gain 0.7kg every day on your farm to reach target weaning...
Reseeding has long been touted as one of the most cost effective on-farm investments, with...
More focus needs to be placed on herd fertility and culling in order to achieve dairy efficiency and profitability, says Teagasc dairy specialist Joe...
With increasing cow numbers it is essential that workloads are sustainable to ensure a resilient farm business into the future, according to Teagasc.
Dairy farmers are being advised to prioritise the highest quality silage to milking cows.
The weather has thrown everything at us this winter from storm Emma to "The Beast from East" all coupled with above normal rainfall and below...
As Ireland’s national dairy herd increases and farmers expand their herds, the need for efficient workflow can result in a big impact on the amount of time spent working.
Education programmes for dairy farmers to enable them to acquire new skillsets to increase awareness of the implications of price volatility is the brainchild of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)...
The spring of 2018 will linger long in the memory as one of the tough ones on farmers, especially dairy farmers. Most farmers are now seeing the back...
This will be a challenging year in terms of preparing for the 2019 spring calving programme. The conditions are already set for egg quality and the uterine environment for the early stage embryo...
Replacement heifer calves weaned at a heavier weight tend to maintain this advantage, according to new Teagasc research.
Farmers need to start engaging in benchmarking and monitoring of heat and electricity use in order to create a new mindset around the way we...
After the frost and snow it has taken farmers a while to right themselves.
Farmers were continuing to battle the hangover from the cold snap and Storm Emma this week, with grass-growth levels on the floor, large numbers of stock still housed, and cereal...
Nationally, 90pc of our soils are deficient in either phosphorus (P), potassium (K) or lime, and our silage ground is no different.
Dairy farmers have been urged to feed young calves more milk before selling or the consequences could "destroy" the export trade, according to one of the leading live exporters.
At the start of every year there are endless media guides on how best to set your goals and plan the years ahead.
Delays in getting cows out on grass is costing dairy farmers dearly in terms of extra feeding and general herd management.
Do we need to be patient, or do we need get going?
A new study in the Irish Medical Journal has found a high prevalence of work-related respiratory and upper airways symptoms among dairy farmers.
Ground conditions are poor at present but a few dry days would sort out most free draining soils, a fortnight or so will be required to sort out the heavier soils.
The land letting market has started with gusto for 2018, as dairy, beef, sheep and tillage farmers eagerly await newspaper adverts from local...
Spring calving programmes will begin now for grass-based milk production systems. The target is to have 90pc of cows calved in a six week period. However, the reality is that this figure will be...
Our grass-based competitive advantage is key for Irish farmers aiming to achieve targets of profits of €2,500/ha per annum.
One of the most effective disinfectants for the rearing of healthy calves is already available in an abundance on farms and it's "free" because it is nothing more than plenty of fresh air, said Liam...
With Christmas and New Year in the distant past, at this stage we have all settled back to the dairying way of life. Believe it or not, grass measuring will be starting shortly.
Once-a-day feeding of calves over a month old, and earlier turnout of calves to pasture can reduce the workload on dairy farms by up to 36pc without affecting the performance of the calves, said...
Using "hot" water to wash plastic calf feeding utensils can add to the spread of infection by welding the residue on to the plastic, said UCD health group vet, Catherine Carty.
Johne's Disease has become a major concern for the industry with the challenge of eradication from the national herd a daunting undertaking for the...
The best laid plans in dairying, not to mention considerable financial investment, can unravel if your milking machine is prone to breakdowns.
In less than a month we shall be in the thick of calving so now is the time to get set up for the year ahead.
Bert Van Niejenhuis, a Dutch vet working for CowSignals says that working on the same farm every day, sometimes you don’t see the problems on your farm anymore, and it can lead to an...
Maintaining good relationships with contractors is key to improving cow and grass management,...
Ireland's most efficient dairy farmers are working nine-hour days, according to a recent Teagasc study.
Last Autumn a client of mine walked into my office and said he intended milking 20 extra cows in 2018.
A recent industry-wide initiative to reassess the iodine nutrition of lactating dairy cows is having a beneficial effect on milk iodine concentrations, Teagasc has said in a recent research update.
Teagasc dairy advisors were recently given in-service training on addressing the huge issue of labour on dairy farms and looking at what could be done to rectify the issue for 2018.
The morning and evening hum of milking parlours harvesting milk from daily herds has ceased for a six week period.
This issue revolves around extending lactation by supplementing the herd with additional high quality feed to produce more milk this autumn.