Slatted floors for sheep and calves: the pros and cons
Martin Merrick
With the recent straw shortages and another mediocre harvest on the cards, Martin Merrick analyses what merits there are in having slatted flooring vs. straw bedded for drystock.
6 April 2024 Opinion
Opinion: reasons to be cheerful - parts one to four
With all the awful weather, farmers need to focus on the positives as best they can and wait with optimism for the weather to change.
3 April 2024 Management
Beef Management: grazing problems and scour issues
In this week's Beef Management, Adam Woods takes a look at grazing issues and calf scour.
Delayed turnout costing thousands
Adam Woods takes a look at the effect the current weather is having in terms of costs on beef farms.
13 March 2024 Management
Sheep Management: weather challenges and marketing hoggets
This week’s torrential rainfall is hitting at a disastrous time for farmers in the midst of peak lambing, and is creating significant challenges.
13 March 2024 Management
Beef Management: shed space, colostrum and lime/fertilsier applications
Adam Woods takes a look at dealing with the current weather conditions, getting enough colostrum into calves and the lime/fertilser/slurry relationships that farmers have to remember.
13 March 2024 Management
Tips for managing spring-calving herds until turnout
Where spring-calving cows will be housed until April, Kieran Mailey outlines some tips for indoor management.
10 March 2024 Sucklers
Alternatives to straw bedding
With straw in scarce supply Aidan Brennan looks to the alternative bedding options available for farmers this spring.
28 February 2024 Animal Health
Farmer Writes: farmers must stand united
We're all working towards a similar goal in the same sector; production of food for the public at large and a fair price for our produce, writes Karen McCabe.
28 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Keeping on top of calf creep management
Creep areas provide dry lying areas for young stock, which can help to improve calf health.
27 February 2024 Management
Five tips to reducing the risk of calf scour
Calf scour is the main cause of mortality in the first few weeks of life, so keeping on top of hygiene in sheds is important.
24 February 2024 Management
Five routine management jobs after calving
Once the cow calves, there will be some routine management jobs that need completing.
17 February 2024 Management