Dairy Cattle - Grass and Feeding

Nitrates to drop dairy profits by 40%
Aidan Brennan
New ifac analysis shows the stark impact of the reduction in the derogation on dairy farm profitability.
20 September 2023 Grass & feeding
Strip grazing and back fencing returns for most
Heavy downpours over the past week have made soils saturated, making grazing a major headache on some farms.
20 September 2023 Grass & feeding
Innovation winner GrassMax: what does it do?
Dairy specialist Declan Collins takes a look at GrassMax, the grass measuring tool from Origin Enterprises, which was overall winner of the innovation award at the National Ploughing Championships.
Excellent milk quality at Dairygold walk in Cork
Routine and consistency are key to success on east Cork farm. Dairygold milk quality award winners Denis and Ruth O’Leary were hosts to a milk quality farm walk on their farm in Blarney, Co Cork.
18 September 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: warm soils keeping growth afloat
Soils are between 3.4°C and 6.2°C above normal, which has been the main reason for strong growth figures recently.
16 September 2023 Grass & feeding
Heat disappears but strong growth remains
The recent hot spell has left warm soils and good growth rates in its wake, but things can change quickly at this time of the year.
13 September 2023 Grass & feeding
'Soilkee' for success, along with diverse swards on Australian dairy farm
A visit to a dairy farming couple in Victoria made a big impression on Nuffield Scholar David Fennelly.
13 September 2023 Climate and environment
The Grass Week: May-like growth rates in September
Despite the late stage in the year, grass growth figures are defying the odds, with growth more akin to May levels.
9 September 2023 Grass & feeding
Excellent growth and ground conditions persist
Despite heading in to the beginning of Autumn, grass growth has actually increased from last week’s figures.
6 September 2023 Grass & feeding
Great growth rates need to be managed
While grass growth rates remain excellent, there is a risk of having too much grass on the farm, writes Aidan Brennan.
30 August 2023 Grass & feeding
Clover management to avoid bloat
Aidan Brennan says clover has huge benefits, but one of the negatives is bloat and this is something that needs to be monitored closely.
23 August 2023 Grass & feeding
Grass measurement reaps rewards in Cavan
The Smith family discussed what role technology, changing calving pattern and grass measurement has played on their farm.
23 August 2023 Grass & feeding