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Farmer Writes: an adventure and a half with a Blue calf
Karen McCabe
'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.
12 June 2024 News
One-fifth of tillage farmers expect to lose money in 2024
Of those who said that their tillage area will decrease this year, 15% said it would decrease by over 40%.
Spike in sales of spring barley seed
Demand for spring barley seed has seen a marked increase in sales, as arable farmers finally make progress with planting.
Dairygold to import fodder 'if necessary'
The co-op estimates that it will provide interest-free credit to the value of €35m to its suppliers this spring.
14 April 2024 News
Weather woes spark demand for silage
Demand for silage is quickly rising as fodder shortages on livestock farms intensify
10 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmers need finance more than fodder
The winter looks like it may be coming to an end, but the long shadow cast by the last 18 months means farmers need financial backing. So how about a low-interest loan fund for smaller farmers?
10 April 2024 Dealer
Slatted floors for sheep and calves: the pros and cons
With the recent straw shortages and another mediocre harvest on the cards, Martin Merrick analyses what merits there are in having slatted flooring vs. straw bedded for drystock.
10 April 2024 Buildings
Tillage in crisis and straw scheme needs to stay
Tillage representatives at the National Fodder and Food Security Committee meeting asked for financial support and said the Straw Incorporation Measure should remain in place.
9 April 2024 News
Crucial few weeks ahead for UK crops
There is a clear intention to plant more spring wheat, but the persistence of wet weather means there is uncertainty about whether this can be done, the AHDB said.
17 March 2024 News
Straw prices steady as demand slows
Buying demand for straw has slowed during March, helping to settle prices
13 March 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmers forward buying straw ahead of harvest
One tillage farmer in south Munster has over 1,000 round bales of straw pre-booked for this year’s harvest.
13 March 2024 News
Tips for managing spring-calving herds until turnout
Where spring-calving cows will be housed until April, Kieran Mailey outlines some tips for indoor management.
10 March 2024 Sucklers