Dairy Cattle Management

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Dairy Management: late calving cows, flexible milking and protected urea
Aidan Brennan
Aidan Brennan looks at the merits of milking just 13 times in the week, and examines the impact of once a day milking from now on.
Dairy Management: poor thrive in dairy replacements
10 July 2024 Management
Dairy Management: poor thrive in dairy replacements
Aidan Brennan looks through some of the causes for poor performance in dairy replacement calves this summer.
What’s coming up in the dairy scene?
8 July 2024 Management
What’s coming up in the dairy scene?
Aidan Brennan takes a look through some of the dairy related events coming up over the next few days and weeks.
Dairy Management: nitrates, maize and cleaning sheds
Aidan Brennan outlines some of the rules around the crude protein content of dairy rations and the impact on nitrogen excretion rates.
3 July 2024 Management
Dairy Management: soil moisture deficits creep up
With variable rain over most of the country over the last week and with very little rain forecast, farmers will be rightly worried about grass growth, writes Aidan Brennan.
1 July 2024 Management
Dairy Management: poor grass growth and looking after youngstock
Ring fencing winter feed for the winter is essential when working out what to feed dairy cows over the next few weeks, writes Aidan Brennan.
26 June 2024 Management
Dairy management: Grass on a knife edge
Grass growth rates remain subdued and more meal is being fed than farmers would like, or can afford to feed, writes Aidan Brennan.
24 June 2024 Management
Dairy Management: weather issues, genotyping bulls and enjoying the summer
With warmer weather on the way, farmers should be trying to maximise grass growth rates by spreading additional nitrogen where nitrogen is limiting.
19 June 2024 Management
Dairy management: warmer weather on the way
With plenty of moisture in the soil, grass growth rates should improve once air temperatures pick up, writes Aidan Brennan
17 June 2024 Management
Nitrates derogation threat is existential for dairy farmers
The hands-on nature of dairy farming means that dairy farmers won't be able to trundle along and put up with lower farm incomes supported by off-farm jobs, writes Aidan Brennan.
12 June 2024 Management
Dairy Management: grass growth rates start to suffer
Cold, northerly winds are hampering grass growth rates and making swards stressed, writes Aidan Brennan.
12 June 2024 Management
Dairy management: grass growth rates under pressure
Aidan Brennan says that colder than normal weather conditions is leading to a lower than normal grass growth rate.
10 June 2024 Management