Dairy Management: nitrates, maize and cleaning sheds
Aidan Brennan
Aidan Brennan outlines some of the rules around the crude protein content of dairy rations and the impact on nitrogen excretion rates.
26 June 2024 News
Co-ops offer feed rebates as grass growth struggles
Feed demand has been strong in recent weeks due to lower grass growth rates on farms.
22 June 2024 News
No 'major impact' between feeding 12% and 14% nut - UCD
Protein concentrations as low as 12% are fine for grazing cows, according to Professor Finbarr Mulligan from UCD.
Further nitrates changes ‘in the pipeline’
The measures proposed under the interim review of the Nitrates Action Programme include reduced excretion rates for calves and lower feed protein allowances.
12 June 2024 Nitrates
Feed prices hold firm for May
Demand for feed on dairy farms is on the wind-down, as grass growth increases.
22 May 2024 News
Nitrates derogation and dairy banding deadline extended
The nitrates application deadline is now Friday, 26 April, and the dairy excretion rate band deadline is now 15 May 2024.
17 April 2024 News
ICMSA calls for date change to crude protein limit deadline
The ICMSA has welcomed the crude protein exemption, but wants the process simplified.
15 April 2024 News
Department issues clarification on 15% crude protein limit deadline
The Department released a technical note on Friday evening which states the 15% crude protein requirement does not apply where cattle are not outdoors full-time at grass.
13 April 2024 News
Ban on feeding high crude protein from 15 April
A maximum crude protein content of 15% for feed applies to all holdings with a grassland stocking rate of 130kg N/ha or above.
3 April 2024 News
Is red clover a runner this summer?
Aidan Brennan looks at some of the advantages of red clover and some of the things to watch out for when sowing the crop.
20 March 2024 Reseeding
Derogation opens for 2024 applications
Dairy farmers can also declare cow banding information to the Department for 2024.
12 March 2024 News
Dairy Management: grazing and nitrates
With between 1.5 and two times the normal rainfall in February, farmers are playing catch-up on grazing in March.
6 March 2024 Management