Farmer Writes: spring emerging into action
Karen McCabe
Karen McCabe remembers when the first slatted shed was built on her farm, and even though the previous generations were hardy, she reckons even they would be fed up of the weather by now.
Options for silage fertiliser in a wet spring
Frequent rain and saturated ground means silage fertiliser will be applied later than normal on many farms. Kieran Mailey outlines some options for getting nitrogen on silage ground.
20 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Wet weather disrupts grazing plans
Adam Woods takes a look at what the grazing plan should be once the current wet weather passes.
Spring deluge hits slurry spreading and early silage
Pressure is mounting on contractors to get slurry spread, with tanks full as a result of a wetter than normal February.
6 March 2024 News
Calculating organic nitrogen stocking rates
From 1 January 2024 farmers with a grassland stocking rate above 130kg organic nitrogen per hectare are obliged to apply all slurry with low-emission slurry-spreading equipment.
6 March 2024 Management
Brief weather window for slurry and fertiliser
Drier conditions are forecast into the early stages of next week. That may open a window to get some slurry and fertiliser out, kickstarting grass growth.
5 March 2024 Management
Opinion: four days can be a long time in the world of farming red tape
The new requirement to report all slurry exports within four days followed within four days of a ministerial commitment to minimise red tape.
2 March 2024 Opinion
Testing slurry and silage for targeted efficiency
Slurry is both a valuable asset and a potential pollutant. Understanding the composition and quality of your slurry is key to maximising its value while minimising environmental impact.
28 February 2024 Footprint Farmers
Minister recognises key role of machinery industry for wider agriculture
The FTMTA conference ‘Navigating the Evolving Agricultural Machinery Landscape’ recently took place at the Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co Laois, with over 150 industry personal attending.
28 February 2024 News
Map: thirteen county councils identify farmers spreading slurry in closed period
Kerry County Council identified the most incidents of slurry spreading during the closed period.
14 February 2024 News
'Lost business' to slurry spreading rules
"We don’t need new rules, all we need to do is apply the rules we have and things would be a lot better for everybody" - name & address with the editor.
14 February 2024 Letters
Just 27 of women farmers scheme applications approved to date
Under TAMS III, there were 259 applications to the Women Farmers Capital Investment Scheme (WFCIS), with 27 of those approved to date.
7 February 2024 News