The role of synchronisation in the dairy herd
Dr Donal Walsh explains how fixed-time AI using a progesterone-based device can help to improve breeding performance and reduce workload on farms.
15 March 2023 Northern Ireland
Too many silent heats and waiting for spring
Of the cows that are pregnant, most are in calf to sexed semen writes north Antrim dairy farmer Robert McConaghy.
4 March 2023 Management
Five tips to prepare stock bull for breeding
For February- and March-calving suckler herds, breeding will start in early May. Therefore, the stock bull should be getting some additional attention in preparation for breeding.
Farmer Writes: a cautious call to the vet
For once, the vet wasn’t in much of a rush and we happily bantered away while treating the cow.
1 March 2023 Farmer Writes
Fertiliser planning to replenish fodder reserves in 2023
John Carroll, Tirlán, and Peter Ging, Gouldings, go through some of the steps farmers should be taking to replenish silage stocks next summer.
1 February 2023 Fertilizers
Low EBI herds advised to use beef AI on all cows
Herds at the lower end of EBI should consider using beef across all cows and buying in high-EBI replacement heifers, Monster Bovine's Doreen Corridan has said.
25 January 2023 News
Beef Management: have you got a plan for 2023 fertiliser?
Adam Woods takes a look at fertiliser plans, nitrates meetings and preparing for calving.
18 January 2023 Management
Carbon sub-index added to the EBI
The ICBF and Teagasc have added a new sub-index to the Economic Breeding Index (EBI)
16 November 2022 Breeding & health
Five tips for autumn breeding in suckler herds
On suckler farms with an autumn-calving herd, breeding is under way. Outlined are five tips to help get cows back in calf.
29 October 2022 Management
Declining soil fertility levels in 2021
We look at the different steps farmers can take to increase the fertility of their soil.
21 October 2022 Soil
Managing cow nutrition to maximise conception rates
Getting cow nutrition right throughout the breeding season is critically important in order for autumn herds to be viable. Declan Marren reports.
28 September 2022 Breeding & health