How to reduce your suckler cow feeding costs
Feeding suckler cows based on their body condition score is essential to reduce feed costs on suckler cow farms where maintaining cows can take up 70pc of the total feed costs, according to UCD...
Feeding suckler cows based on their body condition score is essential to reduce feed costs on suckler cow farms where maintaining cows can take up 70pc of the total feed costs, according to UCD...
Although agricultural green-house gases (GHGs) are difficult to reduce, it is not impossible and can done by improving efficiencies on farms, according to a recent report by Teagasc.
Just days after being released from hospital with hip replacements, two farmers will appear on this week's Winning Streak after their lucky stars...
It's essential for all farming families to take into account all aspects included in farm transfers, now more than ever because of the move towards...
Although the Irish climate bestows high yield potential for its primary tillage crops, it also supports the prevalence of many crop diseases,...
The damage Brexit will do to the Irish beef sector will have a serious knock on effect on the tillage sector according to John Cullen, the Zurich Insurance/Farming Independent Tillage farmer of the year.
Operating a 220 Holstein cow farm is a workable number for a one-man system, without heavy reliance on outside labour says west Cork farmer Norman Tuthill.
The Health and Safety Authority will begin a farm safety inspection campaign next Monday, with a focus on the safe management of livestock during calving season, which is typically when the risk of injury to farmers are highest.
With dairy cows ready to start calving any day now, if they haven’t started already, farmers may be weighing up their options on how best to go about heifer rearing this season. Here’s some things to consider when deciding to opt for contract rearing your heifers this year or not.
Many dairy farmers are working with an unsustainably high number of cows, according to a Teagasc Dairy Specialist.
Recent grass silage tests that have been carried out have shown poor protein levels in the winter fodder in many cases, so much so that the feed may...
The annual sheep census required from all sheep flock owners is due to be completed by the end of this month, according to Teagasc.
Michael and Shirley Bateman milk 625 cows on 207ha milking platform and rear 205 replacement heifers. Their aim is to have calves to go to contract rearers at three months of age and...
Marginal milk brings revenue, but it also brings additional costs and often these are costs are much greater than what most people consider in simplistic partial budgeting excercises, John Roche said,...
The incidence rate of TB in Cork has largely remained the same over the past number of years, but there is a significant difference between...
Farmers have been urged to ensure they are aware of the rules governing lighting on tractors.
Research shows that based on current fungicide chemistries it is estimated that the potential loss of chlorothalonil would result in a significant reduction in net margins, reflecting a significant loss in disease control and yield, according to Teagasc Senior Research Officer Steven Kildea.
A key focus in this year’s Positive Farmers conference was mental resilience towards the inevitable stressors that each farmer is subject throughout the year.
Some eight out of 10 tillage farmers are deemed economically viable according to data presented by Teagasc Research Officer, Fiona Thorne at the recent National Tillage conference held in Lyrath, Co Kilkenny.
Increasing ewe productivity by 0.1 lambs across the EU by utilising knowledge and technology currently available could see Europe become almost 100pc self-sufficient in sheep meat, according to Teagasc Research Officer, Tim Keady.
Kent dairy and suckler farmer Florence Mannerings, will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram page today and will be telling our viewers how she’s keeping her options open.
Having recently spent three weeks in New Zealand on a Farm Study Tour organised by Positive Farmers, Peter Farrell brought home five key lessons he’s bringing home to his dairy farm in Co Meath.
Two free Teagasc national lowland sheep conferences will take place next week. They will be held in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly, on Tuesday January 29 and the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on Thursday January 31.
Correcting ventilation and space – both feeding and floor space – in your sheep shed this is critical for performance, according to Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc.
Tipperary couple Liam and Catherine Millerick are currently milking their 121 Jersey crossbred herd once a day (OAD) and achieving better milk solids per cow compared to what they were milking on twice a day (TAD) just six years ago.
A hard Brexit could, indirectly, provide some opportunities for high profit dairy farmers, according to one leading Agri Consultant.
The amount of phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) for required largely depends on how much grass is going to be utilised according to Stan Lalor, speaking to the audience at the Irish Grassland Association conference this week.
Addressing grass growth on the whole farm, not just the milking platform, is essential for reducing the costs associated with feeding according to Teagasc Dairy Business and technology Advisor Richard O’Brien.
There are certain traits and characteristics that are common among profitable farmers that see them earning a higher margin compared to their peers, Agricultural Consultant and Land Agent Mike Brady told the room at this week's Irish Grassland Association conference.
Firefighters recently saved three cattle from a slurry tank after the cattle fell in and almost drowned and Teagasc is reminding farmers to check their slats for signs of cracks and faults.
The mild weather is set to continue, but there will be some sunny breaks throughout the country, however many areas will remain cloudy with highest temperatures of five to nine degrees in mostly light southerly breezes, according to Met Éireann.
The increase in Irish dairy cow numbers from 1.1m cows in 2010 to over 1.4m cows in 2018, has meant that many more dairy farmers are now employing either full or part time people to manage the increased workload, according to Paidi Kelly, speaking at a workshop at the recent National Dairy Conference.
This year, like no other in recent memory, will be remembered for the extreme weather conditions and havoc it caused.
It is well recognised that Irish dairy farmers are among the most environmentally sustainable food producers in the world, according to William Burchill.
Labour is fast becoming the new quota for many dairy farms and it’s increasingly important for farmers to become aware of what employees look for applying for work on dairy farms.
Farmers need to be more dedicated to observing the onset of heat when using sexed semen for it to pay off, new research shows.
The current use of nutritional models in pasture-based systems is extremely limited, according to Teagasc Researcher Michael Dineen speaking at the recent National Dairy Conference.
Irish farmers are more five times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than other workers, new research shows.
During the dry-off period, it is important for farmers to take advantage of the ‘slow’ period and organise themselves for the burst of activity that comes with the calving season, according to Teagasc Researcher Marion Beecher, speaking at one of the workshops at the recent National Dairy Conference.
This year has been a very challenging year regarding grass production and it was noted the recetn National Dairy Conference that it is likely that grassland production will be reduced by 3.5 – 4.0t DM/ha on average across farms, according to Teagasc Researcher Joe Patton.
Successful farming runs in the blood of the Cullen family. They started off with just 15 acres 37 years ago, and now brothers John, Francis and Stephen farm 2,100 acres between them in Co Wexford.
Rearing To Go, a campaign to raise awareness of mental health and mental wellbeing launched today in Cork at Corrin Mart, Fermoy.
Potato growers are being warned to order and import their seed potatoes ahead of Brexit, amid fears a no-deal Brexit could see Ireland face a huge shortage of potatoes.
Potato farmers saw their crop yields back over 30pc in some cases this year, as the weather impacted planting and growing conditions.
An agri show has come under fire for refusing to amend the ‘men-only’ policy they have in place for the show’s award dinner.
Glanbia has announced it is holding its price at 32c/L for November milk, by introducing a 'support payment' after cutting its base price.
Construction of a cubicle shed for cows is a major project requiring significant design and financial planning before construction begins.
The downward trend of foodbourne illnesses has stalled, according to a new European report, and more must be done to push the figures down it says.
Beef farmer, Michael Danagher will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram account today and will giving our readers an insight into his pedigree Charolais farm.
Farmers should stretch the feed now during the dry cow period, rather than during calving time, if they are still seeing a deficit in their winter feed budget, according to Teagasc nutritionist, Brian Garry.
Dog owners are being asked to keep their dogs on a leash at all times after a recent sheep attack left one farmer with a dozen dead sheep and the remaining in risk of aborting.
Farmers should take the time to evaluate the quality of the silage they are buying in times of deficits or preferably have a reserve of good quality silage on farm, according to Teagasc Advisor Joe Patton, speaking at the recent National Dairy Conference.
New tractor sales in November were ahead of those for the same month in the past two years, and overall figures for the year show that tractor sales are up 224 units (13pc), new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.
Two Cork farmers are producing melatonin-rich milk that could help insomniacs sleep easy.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in milk, but four times as much of it is produced if the cows are milked during specific points in their sleep cycles, the producers of Lullaby Milk say.
Making a dairy farm an attractive place to work is of increasing importance to Irish dairy farmers in recent years. Future predictions expect a further 2,000 further workers will be needed by 2025 to enter the sector, according to Teagasc.
Dairy farmers are being warned by Teagasc that the weather is a reality of farming and they must build in resilience to weather shocks.
Before inventing the portable water heater, Martin Deady was a distributor for a pressure washer.
Ballymaloe Foods will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram today and will be showing our viewers how they produce one of their newest editions, Ballymaloe Irish Beetroot.
Shinagh Dairy Farm was set up in 2011 as part of a collaborative project between the four west Cork Co-Ops - Bandon, Barryroe, Lisavaird, and Drinagh, in conjunction with Carbery and Teagasc.
Farmers are great at attending sick cows, but they may forget about the lame cows or allow the lameness to become too severe, according to Teagasc Dairy Cow Welfare Research Officer, Muireann Conneally, speaking at the recent Shinagh farm walk in Bandon, Co Cork.
Accident claims at marts are driving the cost of insurance to be a loss-making business and something needs to change, the chief executive of FBD has said.
Accident claims at marts are driving the cost of insurance to be a loss-making business, something that needs to change, the CEO of FBD has said.
Ornua's Chief Executive John Jordan has said that the prospect of Glanbia's 'Truly Grass Fed' cheese on supermarket shelves will erode the value of the Kerrygold brand.
Kylie Magner from Magners Farm in Fethard, Co Tipperary, home to 450 free range pasture-fed hens, will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram account today and talking about how she started off in the poultry business with little or no knowledge.
Heifer mastitis can be a significant problem for some herds, but the risk can be reduced according to UCD veterinary school lecturer Catherine McAloon.
Antibiotic dry-cow therapy undoubtedly has an important role to play at treating infections that persist at the end of lactation and maximising cure rates.
Allocating a dry period of over four weeks in between lactations for cows increases subsequent lactation yield by up to 25pc, according to Teagasc Dairy Advisor Mark O’Sullivan.
Some 28 deaths in the past 10 years were livestock-related fatalities, according to a Health and Safety Authority report.
The dry period is an opportunity for cows to prepare for the next lactation and also allows the mammary tissue time to repair.
New forestry figures show that in 2017 there was over 5,536ha around the country planted with forestry, down from the 6,293ha planted in 2015.
IBR is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus caused by bovine herpes virus- 1, this virus is mostly involved in respiratory infections, according to Dr Maria Guelbenzu speaking at the recent National Beef Conference.
In November 2015, some 19 drystock farmers in Sligo and Leitrim came together to investigate the potential of contract rearing dairy heifers as a means of increasing stocking rate and increasing the profitability of their farms.
The Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine has announced that interim Nitrogen and Phosphorus statements for the period January to September 2018 and are now available online at agfood.ie
Irish farmers are only seeing 50-60pc of their grass growth potential and are not realising the full benefits of the cheapest form of feed – grazed grass, according to Teagasc.
Dairy farmers have a responsibility to provide genetics to beef farmers that will enable them to ‘economically’ finish animals according to John Kehoe, beef farmer and Chairperson of the Beef Stakeholders Group, speaking at the National Beef Conference this week.
Given the evidence for widespread parasitic/anthelmintic resistance on dairy calf-to-beef farms in Ireland it is vital for farmers to implement practices to minimise or stop the anthelmintic resistance on farms, according to Dr. Orla Keane, of Teagasc.
Salmonella has shut down the milk powder production unit at a dairy.
Nicole Winkelmann is the finance director of a 500-cow farmers’ co-op farm near the German/Polish border. She is one of 37 local co-op members who own and farm the 2,300ha farm, which has a 500-cow unit and the remainder in tillage.
Some 90pc of farming accidents are attitude and behaviour related according to William Shorthall, IFA National Safety Executive.
Seventeen farm deaths have been recorded by the Health and Safety Authority this year and 10 of those have involved people in their 60s or older.
Some 45pc of the dairy cows in Bavaria, in south east Germany, are tethered all year round, a situation German consumers is looking to ban.
Young dairy farmer John Coakley says that although he wants to see an increase in numbers on the pedigree herd at home, college is his priority for now.
Herdwatch were the big winners of the 2018 version of the National Dairy Innovation Awards at the National Dairy Show in Millstreet.
Hoteliers and restaurant owners are guilty of not supporting Irish grown food and are seriously undermining the entire Irish agriculture industry, according to Michael Hoey of Country Crest, speaking at the recent Alltech forum held this week.
Silage quality is not fantastic this year, according to independent nutritionist, Brian Reidy, who said he has been testing client’s silage from pits that are currently open and the results are not great.
Christor O’Crualaoi of Ballyburden, Ballincollig woke up this morning to find 110 bales slashed, causing hundreds of euros worth of damage.
In recent weeks, farmers have been gathering the last of the winter fodder and are now looking to make the most of what they have. Alltech Nutritionist, Cathal Bohane highlighted several key areas on buffer feeding at the recent Farmex event.
Almost 200 farmers in Kerry have received notification that part of their lands are to be acquired for a greenway through Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).
The Department of Agriculture recently announced a three-year plan to be implemented in Wicklow to manage the growing population of deer in the Garden county. The move comes after a sharp increase of TB incidences in the county with levels now treble the national average.
On a routine morning check this week, Kilkenny farmer Oliver Power walked onto his farm to find 11 of his 40 weanlings dead in a field.
Buffalo farmer, Liam Byrne will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram account today and will be telling us and our followers why he made the move to become one of Ireland’s three buffalo farms.
Currently milking 180 cows, the Gurteen pedigree Holstein Friesian herd has plans to increase herd size to 240 cows, using all home-bred replacement heifers.
The extremely dry weather during the summer has tested farmers in many ways, including bringing new animal health problems to the farm.
Today, October 5, is National Potato Day and people across the country are being encouraged to recognise the nutritional value of the potato and experiment with new and recipes from Bord Bia’s potato recipe website Potato.ie.
Farmers need to plant more forestry the President of the Irish Bioenergy Association has said.
Ireland needs to change its cheddar cheese facilities Gerry Boyle told the Public Accounts Committee yesterday.
Many farm accidents involve farmers over 80 years of age according to Teagasc Director, Gerry Boyle, who said that as more young people get off-farm jobs, much of the management of the farm is being left to their elders.
Some farmers across the country are still feeling the pinch on fodder and while the housing period drawing closer, there is still time to improve the fodder situation if farms are under pressure.
There is not one single issue fundamental to achieving reproduction targets when rearing replacement heifers, according to Senior Researcher at Teagasc, Moorepark, Emer Kennedy.
Jennie Aherne, owner of the Rubyjen Herd, a pedigree simmental herd, will be taking over the FarmIreland Instagram this Thursday, and will be giving our viewers an insight into her family farm at Towerhill, near Cappamore, in east Limerick.
The NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Award has been awarded to Darran and Denise McKenna of Derrygasson, Co Monaghan, which has been running since 1996 and celebrates excellence in Irish dairy farming.
Approximately 100 farmers descended recently on Michael and David Hartnett’s beef farm in Whitegate, Co. Cork as part of an information evening organised by Bord Bia and Teagasc.
Farmers faced tailbacks of over 2km on Saturday, when the first of four bring centres opened to allow them recycle old tyres.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will begin a fortnight long intensive farm inspection campaign today.
Gurteen College recently installed a new 30-unit DeLaval parlour and a new cubicle shed costing the college €900,000, which has helped to more than halve the milking time on the farm.
Hedge cutting is top of many farmers' lists at th moment, but its own dangers and ESB Networks has produced 10 top tips to ensure farmers stay safe.
A new calf feeder, which is capable of automatically feeding two different milk replacers to 140 calves has been launched on the market by JFC.
This week, with good weather conditions, farmers are hoping to take out any surplus paddocks to shorten the fodder gap.
A young innovator, has designed a new implement that means picking stones may soon become a thing of the past.
Dairy farmers are spending, on average, 260 minutes a day in the milking parlour, more than the time recommended by Teagasc.
Coillte, Ireland’s largest commercial forestry and land solutions company, has launched a new classification system that will allow for integrated planning and management of key biodiversity sites across Coillte’s 440,000-hectare estate.
The Newford Farm in Galway sold its two stock bulls in 2017 and moved to 100pc AI, because it had a very successful experience with AI, a recent document from Teagasc states.
Beef factories and the IFA are on a collision course after processors have again moved to cut prices ahead of what they predict will be a very difficult autumn and winter for the sector.
A series of nationwide events have been announced to promote the Department of Agriculture's NeighbourWood Scheme, which has grants of up to €8,800/ha available to develop woodland amenities.