High output grass-based systems can be profitable - UCD professor
Rachel Donovan
Cow numbers don't necessarily have to increase in order to grow Ireland's dairy industry, professor Finbarr Mulligan maintains.
19 June 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: an adventure and a half with a Blue calf
'Stuck at the hips' are four simple words no farmer (or vet for that matter) ever likes to hear and we were presented with a stumbling block, having gone past the point of no return.
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
Grass+ dairy: growth rates feeling the pinch
Thomas Condon highlights how cooler weather conditions have caused growth rates to dip below that of demand on a lot of farms around the country, and what to do in this scenario.
12 June 2024 Grass & feeding
Ticking the box for meal bin specs: finishes, augers and access
Martin Merrick details some of the options that can be fitted to Q-Mac silos to suit individual farmers needs.
25 May 2024 Slurry
Dairy management: avoiding digestive upsets in dairy cows
Aidan Brennan says that vets and farmers are reporting more cases of digestive upsets and uneasiness in cows.
20 May 2024 Management
Dairy management: grass growth rates slower than expected
According to Teagasc, a high proportion of farms are very tight for grass as we approach mid-May, writes Aidan Brennan.
13 May 2024 Management
Milking 1,100 cows on an Irish-owned farm in Germany
Peter Doyle and Ciarán Tangney are on college placement on a 1,100-cow dairy farm in Brandenburg, Germany.
13 May 2024 News
Watch: this week in photos - farmers get on with fieldwork
Our top farming photos from the past week include farmers planting potatoes, feeding and moving stock, sowing grass seed, applying lime, spreading urea, some mart action and more.
12 May 2024 News
From feeding silage to making silage in the space of a week
Now is the time to analyse the grass situation and plan ahead - that was the main message from Teagasc dairy specialist in Ballyhaise, James Dunne, at a Teagasc signpost farm walk in Offaly.
8 May 2024 News
The Home Farm: slurry above slats
The spring of 2024 is the worst I ever remember as regards grazing conditions.
17 April 2024 Viewpoints
Focus on feed-efficient cattle, says US rancher
Jim Jensen from Wyoming made his views clear on cattle breeding during a visit to the Foyle finishing unit outside Cookstown.
17 April 2024 Northern Ireland