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Thrive: preparing calves for weaning
Declan Marren
Should calves be weaned by age, weight or how much meal they are eating? Declan Marren looks at some of the key targets for calves in the weeks prior to weaning off milk.
 
 
Gower collaboration tops agenda at Horticulture Industry Forum meeting
The meeting highlighted the ambition of the industry in spite of challenges posed by Brexit and COVID-19. Neil Maher reports.
Green gas HGVs are key to net zero - new report
A new international report has found that biomethane and hydrogen fuels are the key to decarbonising the commercial transport sector.
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Syngenta’s early season advice and new spraying app
Syngenta's Billy Cotter, outlines his advice for early season weed and disease control and how growers can improve their spray application this year with the help of Syngenta’s new Spray Assist App.
Farmers warned to beware UV sunlight cancer risks
CSO figures from 2018 suggest that almost one in four (26.6%) of skin cancer deaths in Ireland are to farming, outdoor and construction workers.
Watch: Farm Tech Talk - the Livestock Show
Weekly round-up of advice and discussion for livestock farmers all around Ireland.
Tullamore Breeding Webinar Q&A: managing AI and focusing on maternal traits
Adam Woods takes a look at some of the questions and answers that came in at Tuesday night’s Tullamore farm series breeding webinar.
Watch back: Tullamore Farm suckler breeding webinar
Watch Tuesday night's suckler breeding webinar where all aspects of the breeding programme on Tullamore Farm were discussed.
Camera at the Mart: traditional breeds continue to dominate numbers
Beef calf numbers remain static and despite a small drop-off in the price at the lower end of the market, demand for stronger calves continues to hold well.
In pictures: big entry of ewes and lambs in Drumshanbo
Manus Connolly was in Drumshanbo Mart this week for its weekly sheep sale. Read his sale report here.
Super demand for females in Ballinrobe
Quality is proving in very high demand in Ballinrobe, with prices reaching €3.77/kg.
Rise in traditional beef calf numbers sees prices fall
Increasing traditional beef calf numbers is seeing prices for these types begin to fall over the past seven days.
Cheese missing out on 2021 price boost
Cheese is the one item in the dairy basket that hasn't got a 2021 boost in prices compared with last year.
‘Welcome decision’ on Glanbia cheese plant - Tánaiste
An Tánaiste has said the Glanbia cheese plant will be a "valuable investment for the southeast".
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Munster Technological University - National Centre of Agricultural Engineering
With virtual launch events in April and May, MTU Kerry Campus prepares students for a diverse range of careers in agriculture through the provision of excellent programme offerings.
Sheep management: artificially rearing lambs, orf and TAMS II
This week’s notes look at artificial rearing systems, dealing with an orf outbreak and the impending TAMS II deadline.
Attorney General's advice sought in vet medicines row
Adam Woods has details on an important meeting taking place this week between the Department of Agriculture and industry stakeholders.
Push for Department to cover extra testing costs
Farmers already pay over €27m per year on TB testing and farm organisations insist they cannot be asked to cover the costs of pre- and post-movement tests.
Watch: Thrive dairy calf to beef special
Declan Marren outlines the 20-page Thrive special, available free inside this week’s Irish Farmers Journal.
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Tough times call for affordable reliability
In these testing times, how do you balance ambitions for greater sustainability with the need for increased productivity? How can you work smarter, but at an affordable price?
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Munster Technological University - National Centre of Agricultural Engineering
With virtual launch events in April and May, MTU Kerry Campus prepares students for a diverse range of careers in agriculture through the provision of excellent programme offerings.
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Syngenta’s early season advice and new spraying app
Syngenta's Billy Cotter, outlines his advice for early season weed and disease control and how growers can improve their spray application this year with the help of Syngenta’s new Spray Assist App.
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Bord Bia Market Insights: Irish beef in the Philippines, South Korea and Japan
Beef consumption in Asian markets is increasing making it a target for Irish export growth in coming years.
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Cheese missing out on 2021 price boost
Cheese is the one item in the dairy basket that hasn't got a 2021 boost in prices compared with last year.
COVID-19 bounce makes Ornua profits soar
Ornua, the main exporting arm selling butter and cheese under the Kerrygold brand, released its 2020 financial results on Wednesday morning.
Aurivo co-op increases March milk price
Aurivo the biggest co-op along the western seaboard and which also collects milk in Northern Ireland has increased milk price for March.
Arrabawn's profits and earnings up for 2020
Financially 2020 was a better year for Arrabawn co-op, which has its headquarters in Nenagh, Co Tipperary
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Optimising udder health an absolute priority at Annegrove Holsteins
Brian Rohan milks 180 pedigree Holstein cows with his brother John near Mountrath in Co Laois. Their Annegrove herd is currently averaging 7,200L at 4.3% butterfat and 3.35% protein.
Midlands machinery auction to take place this Saturday
This Saturday 17 April, Hennessy Auctioneers will host its April online machinery auction. 400 lots are to be offered for sale. Gary Abbott reports.
Joskin unveils online trailer and harrow configurator
Joskin has just taken the wraps off a new online trailer and harrow configurator.
New tractor registrations up 16% on 2020
FTMTA figures show that 239 new tractors were registered in March, meaning tractor sales for the first three months of 2021 are up 16% on the same period in 2020.
Martbids: super Shorthorn trade in Elphin
Adam Woods was in Elphin last week for the Moyside and Croghan Shorthorn breeders' club sale.
96ac farm eligible for multiple payments
The guide price for the mixed quality land at Killanure near Mountrath is €400,000 which is equal to €4,166/ac.
Big grassland farm comes on the market in Cork
Farm is suitable for conversion to a dairy farm the auctioneers state.
Farm of good land for sale in Kildare
The land is divided between grass and tillage and will be sold by an online auction.
Using clothesline tech to keep cows healthy in sheds
The louvre system is marketed as having the ability to provide improved ventilation while preventing rain fall from entering the shed.
Green gas HGVs are key to net zero - new report
A new international report has found that biomethane and hydrogen fuels are the key to decarbonising the commercial transport sector.
Opinion: farmers miss out on Ireland’s multi-billion euro wind energy plans
Wind energy is worth €400m annually to the Irish economy, but few farmers have had the opportunity to develop wind turbines of their own, writes Stephen Robb.
Calls for environmental felling grant to be introduced
The IFA has said that ecology continues to be a major pinch point in the system.
Full-time external project manager for Project Woodland
Department engages external project manager and systems analyst with sanction being approved for full-time project director.
Cheese missing out on 2021 price boost
Cheese is the one item in the dairy basket that hasn't got a 2021 boost in prices compared with last year.
Aurivo co-op increases March milk price
Aurivo the biggest co-op along the western seaboard and which also collects milk in Northern Ireland has increased milk price for March.
Scottish farmers get £100/calf payment
Up to £40m is available to farmers under the scheme
Farm Profit Programme helps three businesses make change
This week, John Sleigh speaks with three farmers who have changed their business with help from the Farm Profit Programme
Do you access the full range of body and mind benefits of your health insurance?
There are tangible links between our mental and physical health. It can be hard to know which is leading and which is following. Taking proactive steps to protect both is a step in the right direction
Team talk with hockey player Chloe Watkins
Irish women’s hockey player, Chloe Watkins, talks to Anne O’Donoghue about sporting role models for young girls, the benefits of being part of a team and gearing up for Tokyo
Ann Devine and the arrival of the fun police
Ann Devine finds herself in a pickle when she takes her Mam to visit with "a friend" down the greenway. Colm O'Regan writes
‘My teenager’s sleep patterns have me at my wits end’
Psychotherapist Enda Murphy responds to a worried parent whose 17-year-old is not working well in his homeschooling as he doesn’t sleep at night