Dairy Cattle Management

Dairy management: Grass on a knife edge
Aidan Brennan
Grass growth rates remain subdued and more meal is being fed than farmers would like, or can afford to feed, writes Aidan Brennan.
19 June 2024 Management
Dairy Management: weather issues, genotyping bulls and enjoying the summer
With warmer weather on the way, farmers should be trying to maximise grass growth rates by spreading additional nitrogen where nitrogen is limiting.
17 June 2024 Management
Dairy management: warmer weather on the way
With plenty of moisture in the soil, grass growth rates should improve once air temperatures pick up, writes Aidan Brennan
Nitrates derogation threat is existential for dairy farmers
The hands-on nature of dairy farming means that dairy farmers won't be able to trundle along and put up with lower farm incomes supported by off-farm jobs, writes Aidan Brennan.
12 June 2024 Management
Dairy Management: grass growth rates start to suffer
Cold, northerly winds are hampering grass growth rates and making swards stressed, writes Aidan Brennan.
12 June 2024 Management
Dairy management: grass growth rates under pressure
Aidan Brennan says that colder than normal weather conditions is leading to a lower than normal grass growth rate.
10 June 2024 Management
Five steps for accurate and even spreading
With grazing under way and first cut done or soon to be done, now is a good time to check over the fertiliser spreader, writes Gary Abbott.
5 June 2024 Farm machinery
Dairy management: second-cut silage and managing cash
Aidan Brennan looks at how much fertiliser is required for making second-cut silage
5 June 2024 Management
How to do a simple cashflow forecast
Aidan Brennan says cash is tight on many farms after 16 months of producing low-margin milk in poor weather conditions.
5 June 2024 Management
Dairy management: wet weather continues to have an impact
Very heavy rain over many parts of the country is making grazing conditions difficult, as soil is saturated in many locations.
29 May 2024 Management
What are the best days for silage this week?
With a mixed forecast, Aidan Brennan says farmers may have to take chances when they come, rather than waiting for perfect conditions.
27 May 2024 Management
Dairy management: cow problems, reseeds and silage
Aidan Brennan says the current weather and grass growth situation means that its a high risk time for cow digestive problems.
22 May 2024 Management