Dairy Cattle Management

Preparing accommodation for calving 2023
Martin Merrick
With early-calving herds set to begin calving in six weeks’ time, the preparation for calving 2023 should begin now.
5 December 2022 Management
Dairy management: preparing for a cold spell
Temperatures are set to fall later this week, as the first proper frost of the winter sets in. Aidan Brennan has some advice for farmers to help them prepare.
30 November 2022 Management
Dairy Management: what to do with high clover paddocks
With more grass around than normal, Aidan Brennan takes a look at some of the issues with carrying over high-clover paddocks that have high pasture covers.
Ramping up soiled water storage for 2023
Storage requirements for soiled water is set to double in the next two to three years.
30 November 2022 Buildings
Buyer's guide: automated heat and health detection aids
Aidan Brennan outlines the key considerations when purchasing an automated heat and health detection system.
30 November 2022 Management
Dairy management: what weight should maiden heifers be now?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at what target weight maiden or weanling heifers should be now.
28 November 2022 Management
Dairy management: keeping an eye on body condition score
Milking spring-calving cows into December is a bonus, particularly with such a high milk price, but not if it’s at the expense of body condition, writes Aidan Brennan.
26 November 2022 Management
Energy efficiency: being smart with energy on dairy farms
In the first of a three-part series on farm energy efficiency, Stephen Robb and Teagasc’s Barry Caslin run through some measures to improve the energy efficiency on dairy farms
23 November 2022 Climate and environment
Dairy Trends: EU milk supply increasing
Germany is a big player in the EU milk market and more milk is being produced there at the moment.
23 November 2022 Management
Dairy Management: dosing cows, grass supply and spending money
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the main parasites farmers need to be looking out for when planning dosing strategies this winter.
23 November 2022 Management
Organic housing: retrofitting conventional cubicle sheds
Housing will be one of the major challenges that farmers face in converting to organics, with restrictions on slatted areas and increased space per livestock unit.
23 November 2022 Buildings
Student labour: organising additional help for the spring rush
Agricultural and veterinary students are a valuable asset to a busy spring yard, but it’s a case of give and take between farmer and student.
22 November 2022 Management