Dairylink is a dairy farm advisory program designed with the objective of optimising the use of on farm resources (land, labour etc). Farms involved range in size, stage of development, and soil type. Monitor farms are based in Tyrone, Down and Cavan. Farmers involved benefit from one to one advice and we report weekly on business plans, performance and delivery.

10 key issues in play on Dairylink farms
Jack Kennedy
The Dairylink programme attempts to profile real key issues that are happening on Northern farms many of which are producing milk all year round.
22 December 2021 Dairylink
Dairylink farms do carbon benchmarking
CAFRE technologists Aidan Cushnahan and Michaela Tener, describe the process involved in carbon benchmarking and discuss some of the results achieved.
15 December 2021 Dairylink
Balancing the early-lactation diet
Half the herd of the King farm in Co Antrim are less than 80 days-in-milk.
December start for breeding season
Stephen and Hazel Wallace run an autumn calving system on their Co Down farm.
8 December 2021 Dairylink
Dairylink: planning to get better, not bigger
Feed efficiency is the main area of focus for Co Down dairy farmer Stephen Gibson. David Wright reports
1 December 2021 Dairylink
Dairylink Ireland: planning for the dry period in Monaghan
Frank Goodman will start to dry off cows at the end of November.
24 November 2021 Dairylink
Dairylink Ireland: feeding to yield in Co Armagh
Feed efficiency is crucial to driving margins on the Martin farm in Co Armagh. David Wright reports.
17 November 2021 Dairylink
Plan for improved animal health
Animal health plans should be kept under review writes Dairylink programme adviser Aidan Cushnahan
10 November 2021 Dairylink
Ready for winter feeding in Co Antrim
Dairylink farmer James King has good quality grass silage in store. David Wright reports.
3 November 2021 Dairylink
Get replacements off to a good start
Effective heifer rearing systems will enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of the dairy business, writes Dairylink adviser Aidan Cushnahan
27 October 2021 Dairylink
Targeted sire selection pays dividends
As thoughts now turn to breeding in autumn calving herds, CAFRE technologists Aidan Cushnahan and Stephen Gilkinson look at the importance of sire selection.
20 October 2021 Dairylink
Dairylink: winter feeding the CAFRE dairy herd
Dr Alastair Boyle, dairy technologist, and Jim Fulton, assistant farm manager, outline plans to manage the CAFRE dairy herd this winter.
13 October 2021 Dairylink