Dairy Trends: butter and WMP increase while skim and cheese fall
Aidan Brennan
There is no clear direction in the dairy markets at present, with no big changes to either supply or demand, writes Aidan Brennan.
Grass issues and winter feed dominate discussion
Difficulties with grass and grazing didn’t end when the weather improved in late April and farmers are still encountering plenty of challenges, particularly around silage stocks, writes Aidan Brennan.
15 May 2024 News
Grass growth back 25% in April and May
Average grass growth rates are back significantly on last year and on the five year average as extremely wet weather in winter and spring affected growing conditions.
Dairy Management: growing silage and spreading fertiliser
Aidan Brennan says farmers should be doing fodder budgets for the winter now to assess if they'll have enough silage or not for the winter.
15 May 2024 Management
Dairy management: grass growth rates slower than expected
According to Teagasc, a high proportion of farms are very tight for grass as we approach mid-May, writes Aidan Brennan.
13 May 2024 Management
Using the lightning effect to create nitrogen
Aidan Brennan reports from the Netherlands, where GEA have launched a new machine that increases the nitrogen content in slurry and reduces emissions.
Dairy Trends: GDT price increases by 1.8%
Spot market prices in Europe were stable this week, while the GDT price index increased by 1.8%, writes Aidan Brennan.
8 May 2024 Markets
Bring forward climate and nature fund, says Tirlán CEO
The CEO of Tirlán called upon the government to increase investment in Teagasc, slurry storage and to bring forward the spend in the climate and nature fund.
8 May 2024 News
Dairy Management: grass growth and dairy beef bulls
Aidan Brennan goes through some of the requirements for the new dairy beef schemes in terms of what bulls qualify.
8 May 2024 Management
West Cork co-ops lead the way with 5c/l support
The four west Cork co-ops are back on top of the league as they support milk price for March with a 5c/l weather support payment.
1 May 2024 Markets
Dairy Trends: butter prices up and cheese prices down
Butter and cheese prices on the European spot market increased and decreased by €70/t respectively, writes Aidan Brennan.
1 May 2024 Markets
Dairy Management: maximising grass growth and breeding cows
Aidan Brennan says May is the month to drive on grass growth by spreading a bit extra nitrogen and re-filling silage pits
1 May 2024 Management