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Farmer Writes: time for cows to go back in-calf
Karen McCabe
Hopefully a fertility lick and hotter weather will cause some action, though I’d nearly put money on a few arriving into heat immediately if a bull arrived in the field next to them.
22 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: I’d stick with JCB for better or for worse
Gerald Potterton writes about his JCB purchase and spraying insecticides on his late-sown barley.
22 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Watch: trees planted to dry out wet field
Co Down farmer, Derek Robinson has availed of DAERA’s Small Woodland Grant Scheme
Milk production on the wind-down in NZ
Zac Elkin from Craigantlet in Co Down is currently managing a dairy farm in Canterbury, New Zealand.
15 May 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: breeding season in full swing in Laois
The two paddocks the calves were on are closed for bales, as we have found before that the cows don’t like grazing them after the calves.
15 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: shortening the breeding season
As weather imprives, the yard has finally gone quiet and breeding is about to get underway on Tommy Moyles' farm.
15 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Bad spring having a lasting impact
John Egerton is disappointed at the variability in performance of his spring-born calves to date
15 May 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: first-cut silage harvested in near-perfect conditions
James Strain took his first cut of red clover silage this week and plans to get some 0:7:30 on it and do the same in six weeks’ time.
15 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Grazing infrastructure has paid off this spring
Turnout was delayed, but cows are now out full-time, writes Castlederg dairy farmer Jessica Pollock.
8 May 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: spending extra time with calves
There’s a lot to be said for a cow who does her job by the book, and one of those calved recently.
8 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: I've lost interest in this year's crops
Sowing was a mad rush in the one good week, a couple of weeks ago. The fields were barely dry enough but still, like everyone else, we pushed ahead.
8 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Lambing 2024 – a game of two halves
Derek Robinson has had a successful lambing season, despite the challenging weather
1 May 2024 Northern Ireland