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Managing the creep pen for calves
A well-bedded creep pen is a must for autumn-born suckler calves during the housing period.
Dairy management: what weight should maiden heifers be now?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at what target weight maiden or weanling heifers should be now.
Testing silage is not tick the box stuff
Adam Woods takes a look at silage quality testing and what to look out for when you get your results.
Keeping flies under control in autumn-calving herds
Early summer is a period when an increasing fly activity puts dry cows at risk of summer mastitis.


Lively potato conference tells of progress and concerns
This year’s potato conference was moved from spring to post harvest to avoid a clash with the World Potato Congress, which took place in Ireland earlier this year.
Tops tips for fertiliser spreader maintenance and setup
Peter Thomas Keaveney offers readers some tips for setting up and maintaining the fertiliser spreader for accurate application this spring.
Four-bay dry shed for less than €24,000
Irish Farmers Journal contributor Kieran Sullivan has just completed work on a dry-bedded cattle shed on an old silage slab.
Quality of life decreased for farmers during the pandemic
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on farmer mental health and wellbeing was one of the topics discussed at a farm safety conference in Teagasc Ashtown last Wednesday.




Thrive: why are there no Friesian bulls in the programme?
Declan Marren outlines why the Thrive programme is concentrating only on beef-sired dairy beef stock.
Last four 2021-born heifers drafted on Newford Farm
The 40 heifers drafted averaged 296kg carcase weight at an average age of just less than 18 months of age and recorded a sale value of €1,507/head.
Thrive weekly roundup: what system is making money in 2022?
The Thrive dairy-beef programme weekly roundup is all about financial performance this week, with full analysis of each system in place on the demonstration farm in Cashel, Co Tipperary.
Blue skies for Footprint Farmers Open Day in Tullamore
The farm walk was held on Tullamore Farm last week and covered a range of topics from winter feed plans to hedge planting.
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Tipperary contractor swears by McConnel Power Arm
Paul Farrell is a first-generation agricultural contractor, based near Clerihan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. He started his business in 2008 after many years of working for a local contractor.
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Dial before you dig a must for Kilkenny farmer
Natural gas is highly flammable so damaging a gas pipeline can cause major disruption, property damage, serious injury or even death.
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Legacy of Transformula evident in second-lactation Ottawa cows
A top-performing Holstein herd is reaping the benefits of its calf rearing programme three years on with heifer replacements now in the milking herd.
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Digital Skills for SMART Farming in Co. Tipperary
The Tipperary BCP Network – Bridging the Digital Divide. Smart Skills for Farming Communities (Tipperary) – Connecting Farmers in a Digital Age