Dairy Cattle - Grass and Feeding

The Grass Week: first-cut silage essential to build fodder reserves
Martin Merrick
While a lot of farmers are still feeding silage, attention on first cut ground needs to take a major focus in the coming weeks in order to replenish depleted reserves of fodder.
Weather issues dominate clover walk
10 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Weather issues dominate clover walk
Thomas Condon attended the Teagasc clover farm walk in Moorepark where weather issues dominated the discussion.
Fear of redamaging ground as farmers enter second rotation
10 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Fear of redamaging ground as farmers enter second rotation
Declan Collins looks at where farmers go from here as they enter second rotation and cows still not out full time.
Growth, soil temperatures and trafficability all low
A lack of fertiliser application and saturated soils have hit soil temperatures and growth figures, while ground is still un-grazeable for many.
6 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Steps for dealing with the wet weather
Aidan Brennan and Declan Collins look at some of the practical things farmers can do to manage during this wet weather crisis.
3 April 2024 Grass & feeding
What is on-off grazing and does it work?
Emer Kennedy and Michael O’Donovan from Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, look at the benefits of on-off grazing for dairy herds.
3 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Farmers on the edge of crisis point with less than a week of silage stocks left
Declan Collins looks at grazing around the country as silage stocks are depleting and still no sign of a weather boost.
3 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Steps to establish a grass and clover sward
Teagasc researcher Michael Egan outlines the steps involved in establishing a successful perennial ryegrass and white clover sward.
31 March 2024 Reseeding
Decisions on first cut silage fertiliser needed amid poor ground conditions
Many farmers would have fertiliser for first cut silage spread at this point in a normal year, but saturated ground has prevented tractors heading in to fields.
30 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Selecting the best grass varieties in 2024
Grassland researchers Tomas Tubritt and Michael O’Donovan fromTeagasc, Moorepark, look at some of the considerations farmers should be making before choosing a grass variety.
29 March 2024 Reseeding
No let up in the weather forecast this week
Declan Collins reels in on the weather woes this week, with a worry among farmers as silage stocks tighten and the bad weather continues.
27 March 2024 Grass & feeding
New clover-safe spray on the market
Aidan Brennan looks at the new clover-safe spray that is licensed for use to kill docks and other weeds in.
27 March 2024 Reseeding