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Farmer Writes: making use of good grass growth
Bill O'Keeffe
With the first cut in and slurry out, the farm is set up to make use of excellent grass growing conditions, writes Bill O'Keeffe.
Farmer Writes: a welcome drop of rain to bulk up the silage swards
Once silage is off, clover can be oversown, writes farmer Bill O’Keeffe as he gears up for the grass growth that will follow this week’s rain.
20 April 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: good start to the breeding season
Dairy farmer Bill O'Keeffe is waiting on grass growth to kick on, as the herd is progressing well towards its breeding targets.
Farmer Writes: attention now turning to breeding
With a only few beef-sired calves left to come, preparations are underway for the breeding season, writes dairy farmer Bill O'Keeffe.
6 April 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: the painful cost of fertiliser
The cost of this round of fertiliser is eye-watering, but we can’t skimp too much on fertiliser at this time of year.
23 March 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: a week of challenging grazing conditions
It was a difficult week for grazing on Bill O’Keefe’s dairy farm. However, cows have managed to stay out on dry ground for the most part.
23 February 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: getting ahead of lameness and keeping calves moving
Bill O’Keefe is on-off grazing in the mild weather, hoping that it will allow a buffer of silage to remain in case of feed shortages in the future.
9 February 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: a good start to the grazing season
This week, farmer writer Bill O’Keeffe discusses the progress of calving season on his farm before reflecting on the hopes.
26 January 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: calving underway as costs set to rise
Rising grain prices worldwide will keep feed costs high for the year, but we wouldn’t begrudge that to the grain farmers.
12 January 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: 2022 might be a challenge as input costs rise
If we can minimise the amount of feed and fertiliser needed for the first half of the year, costs might start to come back to normal somewhat for the second half of the year, writes Bill O’Keeffe.
29 December 2021 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: waiting around for another Glanbia solution a lost cause
Waiting around for another solution with the current Glanbia structure in place seems like a lost cause, writes Bill O'Keeffe.
15 December 2021 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: hoping for clover to come into its own next year
Bill O’Keeffe spread a tonne to the acre of lime last week on 90% of the grazing platform.
1 December 2021 Farmer Writes