Dairy Cattle Management

Dairy management: grazing, blue cards and milk fever
Aidan Brennan
There is a lot of anger over delays to getting blue cards returned and tags breaking, writes Aidan Brennan.
19 February 2024 Management
Dairy management: dealing with surplus waste milk
With a lot of freshly calved cows on farms there is a lot of waste milk and the mild weather is turning it sour. Aidan Brennan looks at the options for storing milk.
14 February 2024 Management
Nitrates rule changes for 2024
Declan Collins looks at some of the changes to the nitrates rules for all farmers in 2024.
Dairy management: grazing, calves and milk markets
Aidan Brennan encourages farmers to get cows out to grass whenever possible as a means to improve performance and lower costs.
14 February 2024 Management
Dairy management: important to get grazing
Aidan Brennan says the next few days should present farmers on free draining soils to get cows out to grass.
12 February 2024 Management
Dairy Management: tricky grazing and fat cows
Aidan Brennan works out how to allocate grass in springtime to freshly calved cows.
7 February 2024 Management
Specifications announced for TAMS herd health monitoring
A popular new addition to TAMS III, specifications for herd health and fertility monitoring systems have now been released by the Department. Martin Merrick reports.
7 February 2024 Management
Dairy management: how much grass to give freshly calved cows
Aidan Brennan outlines the steps involved in allocating grass to freshly calved cows this spring.
5 February 2024 Management
Reasons to be a cheerful dairy farmer
Even after the second highest milk price ever achieved, the mood among dairy farmers is one of the lowest. Aidan Brennan asks if this is rational.
31 January 2024 Management
Dairy management: early nitrogen and calving
Aidan Brennan has some advice for farmers considering applying some early nitrogen to grass swards.
31 January 2024 Management
How much protein should there be in dairy rations?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at what is an appropriate level of crude protein in dairy rations in springtime.
29 January 2024 Management
Dairy Management: profit, Nitrates and the straw shortage.
Aidan Brennan takes a look at how to get the best use from straw, whats new in Nitrates for 2024 and looks at profit for 2023.
24 January 2024 Management