Dairy management: planning for a long dry spell
Aidan Brennan
News that the current dry spell of weather could last longer than planned has sent shivers down most farmers' spines, writes Aidan Brennan.
11 August 2022 News
Eco scheme requirements tightened
Farmers need to carry out two eco scheme options to claim payment under the scheme, unless the Department has clarified that an action will qualify as two options.
10 August 2022 Farm machinery
Combining reliability and performance with latest New Holland
After 17 trouble-free seasons with his previous New Holland CX8.60 combine, Mark Holohan decided to upgrade to the latest CX8.80 model for the 2021 season.
Over 52,000ha of straw going through the chopper
Peter Thomas Keaveney takes a look at good practices surrounding straw incorporation and speaks to two farmers using different types of machines to carry out the job.
10 August 2022 Farm machinery
Déjà vu for regions in a grass deficit
Severe soil moisture deficits means that many farms will be in drought mode by the end of the heatwave this week.
10 August 2022 Grass & feeding
Letter regarding Europe's agrifood system
"Many of these ‘farmers’ [protesting] are now more managers of industrialised feeding systems and of slurry than they are managers of land" - Dr Donal Murphy-Bokern (M.Agr.Sc.), Kroge-Ehrendorf, 49393, Lohne, Germany.
10 August 2022 Letters
Choppers turned on as straw market sluggish
With demand for straw slow and prices uncertain, farmers are turning choppers on to incorporate straw.
10 August 2022 News
The 12 steps to sustainability: are they achievable?
Aidan Brennan reviews the Teagasc 12 step plan to reduce emissions from dairy farms.
10 August 2022 Management
Farmer Writes: no clear-cut way to reduce emissions
If farmers are slow to take up existing technologies, why are we putting so much faith in future ones, writes Tommy Moyles.
10 August 2022 Farmer Writes
Ten tips to building covers for autumn grazing
Livestock farmers should be planning ahead to build grass covers for autumn grazing.
3 August 2022 Northern Ireland
Reseeding lessons from the Thrive dairy-beef programme
Many of the Thrive programme farmers have looked to white clover in recent years to reduce chemical nitrogen usage. Declan Marren writes.
3 August 2022 Grass & feeding
Red clover and multispecies: Miracle seeds or just a fad?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at some of the positives and negatives of both multispecies swards and red clover silage.
3 August 2022 Reseeding