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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.
With milk supply strong and the country 5% over quota at the end of March, Ireland looks set for a final year superlevy bill of a massive €75m.
Jack Kennedy compiles the milk supply postion for each of the dairy co-ops for March.
There were clear messages on improving family finances at this week's series of Teagasc Farm Financially Fit events.
The latest Dutch dairy board quotes were back slightly to 35 c/litre on foot of the decline in the Global Dairy Trade Auction result last week.
Each year the Department of Agriculture release the grass varieties that have dropped off the recommended list and the ones that are new to the list, writes Jack Kennedy.
There is little point in reseeding unless you have a good handle on soil fertility and how it might be improved, writes Aidan Brennan.
Research at the Clonakilty Research farm is aimed at finding out the best grass varieties for grazing.
While it's not the complete package just yet, the new PPI will improve the information we have on grass varieties.
Having enough of the farm grazed to maximise new growth and having enough grass to feed cows is the goal on dairy farms at this time of year.
Dehorning is an important procedure from both an animal welfare and financial perspective, writes Jack Kennedy.
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