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Jack Kennedy is the Dairy Editor with the Farmers Journal which he joined in October 2002. His main areas of responsibility relate to outlining the best existing and emerging technology inside the farm gate to dairy farmers. He previously worked as a researcher at Moorepark Grassland and Dairy Research Centre. He hails from a farming background in Cahir, Co Tipperary. He has a degree from the University College Dublin in Agriculture and a doctorate from Moorepark and UCD. His interests outside of farming are cycling and following all sports.
Farmers considering milking cows need to get basic plans right such as stocking rate, quality cows and a realistic plan.
With less rain and good drying in most of the country there are a lot more cows out grazing on a lot of farms.
Cows that go into negative energy balance after calving can have ketosis so ensure plenty of feed and don't let late calvers get too fat.
With calving in full swing on Irish dairy farms, Jack Kennedy spoke with two vets on the AHI Johne's Technical Working Group about some things farmers need to be aware of at this important time.
While grazing conditions have improved early intervention in animal health issues can make management even easier
A new AHI led initiative to reduce the spread of Johnes in Irish dairy herds is up and going. It involves an on farm risk assessment and testing.
Develop a plan, keep it simple and achievable and reduce spending in first couple of years until you get going.
First week of March, wet paddocks, more rain the forecast but some parts had less rain - its a mixed bag out there.
Farm Relief Services (FRS) have just launched new software which allows a farmer register new calves, record remedies and much more.
With soil temperatures improving slightly and rainfall levels not as high as previous weeks March is bringing improvement.
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