Dairy farming

The latest dairy farming news and dairy prices from the Irish Farmers Journal. Keep up to date with all farming and production news developments in the dairy farming sector.

Dairy Management: genotyping, nitrates and calves
Aidan Brennan says farmers that have yet to tag and send back genotyping samples need to do so by 15 December.
Move to robots pays off for Bellemont Holsteins
The McCollum family run the 500 cow Bellemont Holstein herd outside Coleraine and last week, they held an open day outlining their system. Kieran Maily reports.
Dairy Trends: GDT increases by 1.6% as markets remain steady
It was another positive week for dairy markets, with the GDT increasing by 1.6% while the spot market remains stable, writes Aidan Brennan.
Dairy Trends: European prices continue to rise for dairy
Butter, cheese and whole milk powder are leading the way when it comes to rising demand for dairy, writes Aidan Brennan.
Choosing the right system for profit and lifestyle
GD Young will speak at the Irish Grassland Association dairy conference on his experiences of running a high-input and grass-based system.
The Grass Week: time to complete closing cover
With it now being the beginning of December, the final grass cover should be completed for the year to assess grass supplies for spring.
Preparing for drying off cows
Michelle McGrath from Animal Health Ireland outlines some important advice for farmers as they begin the drying-off process.
Ethical dairying - how does it work?
Declan Collins travels to Scotland to see what's happening on the Ethical Dairy farm and examines recent research results from Teagasc on leaving dairy calves with cows.
Plant diversity is key to soil health
Diverse planting practices have been at the core of our food production systems for thousands of years, writes Emma Hart.
Seeds of sustainability in west Cork
Madeline McKeever’s farming journey has been guided by a lifelong commitment to sustainability, and the diversity of her 30ac enterprise is testament to her efforts, writes Brendan Dunford.
‘Working smarter, not harder’: benefits beyond balance sheet in organic farming
Organic farming is more than just a scheme; it embodies a rich history and philosophy that is rooted in the belief of working with, not against, nature, writes Emma Hart.
Woodlands and wellbeing in Co Westmeath
Forestry is sometimes viewed as incompatible with farming but, for Ger Deegan, it has allowed him to ‘breathe again’ and to enjoy his farming more than ever, writes Brendan Dunford.
ACA organic online meetings open to all farmers 29 November & 6 December
Open online meetings will be held for farmers and their families to engage in meaningful discussions about the various procedures and best practices associated with organic farming enterprises.
GAIN Pre-Calver Gold success on Laois farm
Dairy farmers Richard and Ian Galbraith discuss the success of supplementing GAIN Pre-Calver Gold to their 110-cow herd in Co Laois.
Harnessing the Soil Microbiome for Sustainable Agriculture in the 'Human' Era
Science Week is a national celebration of science, with hundreds of in-person and hybrid events taking place nationwide. Running from 12-19 November
New quad bike regulations - are you ready?
Quad bikes are designed to cope with a wide variety of terrain types and so are a fantastic aid for farm work - by Ciaran Roche, FBD risk manager.
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