New rotary going like clockwork
John Crowe
John Crowe visited a new DeLaval rotary in Co Louth where cow flow, milking time and milker comfort were top of the wishlist.
3 January 2022 Grass & feeding
Preparing for another grazing season
John Crowe discusses the importance of an early spring grass walk and setting up the first couple of grazings before calving starts.
30 December 2021 Management
Calving 2022: making a list and checking it twice
With just weeks to go to the start of the 2022 calving season, it’s time get prepared and restock supplies, writes John Crowe.
Soil fertility is the key to success
Now is the ideal time for taking soil samples in order to come up with an accurate fertiliser plan for 2022, writes John Crowe.
28 December 2021 Management
The Grass Week: measuring grass, what do you need?
What to do first when getting set up for measuring grass for the first time in 2022.
17 December 2021 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: preparing for spring
Take time now to assess grazing infrastructure to get more days at grass next spring, writes John Crowe.
11 December 2021 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: the closing farm cover
John Crowe takes a look at the importance of doing a closing farm cover this week.
4 December 2021 Grass & feeding
Ensuring calving facilities and calf sheds are ready for action
It may seem early days to be talking about calving with drying off only now taking place but it won’t be long coming around and early preparations will pay off, writes John Crowe.
1 December 2021 Management
The Grass Week: growth rates to plummet
Predicted growth rates have taken a big hit with the arrival of colder temperatures, writes John Crowe
27 November 2021 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: temperatures forecast to drop
Caution needed when extending the grazing season further this autumn as regrowth’s slow writes John Crowe
20 November 2021 Grass & feeding
Fertility to the fore at winter milk walk
Aidan Brennan reports from a winter milk farm walk at the Porter farm in Co Donegal.
17 November 2021 Management
Grass+: review and prepare to restart in 2022
John Crowe and Declan Marren discuss the 2021 grass year and how farmers can prepare to make the most of their grass in 2022
17 November 2021 Grass & feeding