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‘Alarming level of inaction’ on dog control
Barry Murphy
Farm organisations and rural stakeholders have made several submissions to the Department of Rural and Community Development to improve the control of dogs.
 
 
Sheep management: Marketing cull ewes and deciding on lamb castration
Producers with cull ewes to sell need to be mindful of the most lucrative sales avenue for the type of ewes on hand.
Mixed grazing delivering in Roscommon
Mixed grazing, good farm infrastructure and optimum soil fertility were three key elements highlighted at last week’s IGA sheep conference.
Sheep Trends: lambs now dominating kill profile
The lamb kill has gone from comprising 39% of the kill profile to 53%, while hoggets have reduced from 47.5% of the kill to just 34% of last week’s throughput.
Sheep Watch: 100% clearance rates common in sales
A number of mart managers report that demand is such that agents are keen not to let any sheep leave the yard unsold.
Testing silage ahead of harvesting on the Footprint Farms
Testing silage for nitrates and sugars ahead of harvesting can be useful, but factors like the weather and the availability of contractors will impact how these test results are used.
Using wire to grow and utilise more grass
With input costs experiencing a sharp hike in price, farmers need to make use of all options at their disposal including improving grazing infrastructure.
Balmoral beauties steal the show
Adam Woods reports from the sheep rings at the recent Balmoral Show.
New vet medicine rules deferred until December due to IT issues
Adam Woods has the latest on the vet medicine rule changes and what the extension will mean for farmers.
Thrive: dealing with pink eye in calves at grass
Since turnout to grass a number of calves have developed pink eye on the Thrive demo farm. Declan Marren outlines what it is and how to deal with it if it occurs on farm this summer.
Testing silage ahead of harvesting on the Footprint Farms
Testing silage for nitrates and sugars ahead of harvesting can be useful, but factors like the weather and the availability of contractors will impact how these test results are used.
From the Tramlines: mild and damp weather perfect for crops
This week, Stephen Robb talks to farmers from Laois, Wexford and Donegal, where the return of mild, damp weather is helping with crop development.
Monitoring performance to keep stock on target
Regular weighing of cattle on the Thrive demo farm provides information for early management decisions in order to keep stock on track for a 20-month slaughter date. Declan Marren reports.
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Final fungicides important to land high yields
1 June is in sight and many crops are very close to final fungicide applications. The weather so far this year has been generally agreeable, so crops are in good shape and promising high yields.
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Good silage starts in the field but finishes in the clamp
Fermentation relies on bacteria utilising sugars in the grass, but depending on the species of bacteria carrying out the process, the end products will differ.
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Best advice on weed control in grazing pastures
For a growing number of Irish farmers, Forefront T is the product of choice to control weeds such as docks, thistles, nettles and dandelions in grazing pastures.
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Experience boarding life at Glenstal Abbey School - Taster Weekend for fifth class
Boys starting secondary school in September 2023 are invited to stay in the school's Norman castle on the 4-5 June, to learn about boarding life at Glenstal Abbey School in Murroe, Co Limerick.
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