Preparing accommodation for calving 2023
Martin Merrick
With early-calving herds set to begin calving in six weeks’ time, the preparation for calving 2023 should begin now.
29 November 2022 Management
Managing the creep pen for calves
A well-bedded creep pen is a must for autumn-born suckler calves during the housing period.
23 November 2022 Breeding & health
Winter milk: is it for money or madness?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the liquid milk market and wonders if those producing milk over Christmas are getting adequately rewarded for it.
Ensuring adequate slurry storage and straw requirements this winter
With nearly all cattle housed across the country, it’s time to put pen to paper and see if you have enough slurry storage in your tanks and straw in your sheds for the coming winter.
16 November 2022 Buildings
Reducing the risk of mastitis post-weaning
Weaning suckler calves after housing may be more practical in terms of management, but there is a risk of cows developing mastitis.
1 November 2022 Management
Is ad-lib meal feeding still an option in 2022?
Adam Woods takes a look at the economics of ad-lib meal feeding and whether it’s still a runner with meal at €420/tonne.
26 October 2022 Feed
Spread-A-Bale proves more simple alternative in Antrim
Gary Abbott caught up with James Watt, a Co Antrim dairy farmer, to find out why he for a Spread-a-bale Mini straw bedder over a typical mechanical straw blower.
5 October 2022 Farm machinery
Ploughing 2022 highlights: Daisy Bed cubicle sweeper
Purcell Agri Sales launched its all-new ride-on Daisy Bed cubicle sweeper/ lime dispenser at this year’s Ploughing.
28 September 2022 News
Determining straw requirements for winter housing and lambing
Higher volumes of straw are coming on to the market at a much earlier stage and farmers should strike while the iron is hot to get their winter straw requirement sorted.
13 August 2022 Management
Straw prices range from €13 to €22 per bale
There are huge differences in prices, demand and eagerness to chop straw across the country, while haulage is adding to costs.
27 July 2022 News
Gardening with Gerry Daly: potato vine and cuckoo spit on lavender
The potato vine or the potato jasmine vine, Solanum jasminoides, is so named because it has starry flowers that resemble jasmine.
22 June 2022 Gardening
Just how green is my pony?
From the poles they jump to the rugs they wear, how can we make our four-legged friends more environmentally efficient? Helen Sharp has some ideas to get you started.