Time for a fodder budget after second-cut silage
Kieran Mailey
With more farmers looking to get silage harvested this week, a fodder budget should be carried out once the job is finished.
22 July 2023 Management
Five tips for harvesting second-cut silage in difficult weather
Wet weather has held up farmers from harvesting second-cut silage. Outlined are some tips to making silage if farmers plan to cut grass in the days ahead.
Bringing surplus paddocks back into the grazing rotation
Where grazing paddocks have been taken out for silage, outlined is some advice to bring these swards back into the rotation.
Five tips for closing up second-cut silage
Where farmers are just finishing first-cut silage this week, outlined are some tips to keep in mind if fields will be closed for a second cut.
27 May 2023 Grass & feeding
My Farming Week: Micheál O’Mahony, Bandon, Co Cork
Michaél O’Mahony runs Tony O’Mahony Agri Plant & Haulage with his father Tony and two brothers.
24 May 2023 News
Five tips for farm safety at silage time
Fieldwork is reaching peak levels and with the aim to get silage in as quickly as possible in dry conditions, safety can be overlooked.
23 May 2023 Grass & feeding
Fertilising grazing swards during peak growth - hold off or crack on?
Grass growth should hit peak levels during the second half of May and with surplus grazing emerging, some farmers will query whether fertiliser is needed or not.
16 May 2023 Grass & feeding
Five steps to prepare for first cut silage
Drier conditions are forecast for the week ahead, which will see more farmers attempt to harvest first cut. Before then, make sure you have the pit ready for grass.
13 May 2023 Management
Farmer Writes: rethinking our silage strategy
The current plan is to try and get a first cut of mainly hay in June, if possible.
10 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Focusing on sward quality during May
As grass growth increases in May, maintaining sward quality in front of cattle becomes much more difficult.
2 May 2023 Management
Winter lingers on in Leitrim
Shane Dobson attended a Teagasc farm walk in Co Leitrim last week to hear how Carrigallen man Niall Patterson is dealing with the current conditions.
26 April 2023 Breeding & health
Is your baler in check and up to spec?
In order to minimise downtime this silage season, Gary Abbott looks at some of the key points and areas to consider from a maintenance perspective when it comes to combination balers.
19 April 2023 Contracting