Northern Ireland
Half of all cost on NI dairy farms is feed
Peter McCann
In 2023, concentrates made up 40% of costs on benchmarked dairy farms in Northern Ireland, with forage costs accounting for a further 9%.
7 February 2024 Grass & feeding
Grass growth rises despite heavy rainfall
Declan Collins takes a look at data from PastureBase Ireland, to see where grass growth was in 2023.
28 January 2024 News
Straw a hot topic at fodder meeting
The National Fodder and Food Security Committee met on Wednesday 24 January to receive an update on fodder supplies.
Late spring could see 15% of dairy and beef farms short of fodder
Farmers should plan for early nitrogen and slurry applications to improve spring grass production, the National Fodder and Food Security Committee heard on Wednesday.
25 January 2024 News
Callows farmers want 'freedom from flooding and freedom to farm'
High waters on the Callows (Rivers Shannon, Suck, Brosna and Little Brosna) from July last year meant that farmers suffered the loss of thousands of bales of silage. and hay as well as grazing ground.
17 January 2024 News
Is a fodder shortage looming on farm?
Early housing due to the wet autumn means many farmers have used up a lot of winter forage and possibly facing a shortage before turnout.
17 January 2024 Northern Ireland
Shannon Callows farmers voice concerns over scheme exclusion
It is estimated that 230 farmers were paid support payments for loss of fodder last year. However, there are nearer 500 farmers affected by the floods, a meeting in Shannonbridge heard on Monday.
16 January 2024 News
This week in photos: scanning sheep, IFA AGM, maize and grazing
Our top farming photos from the past week include farmers scanning sheep, grazing cows on fodder rape, attending marts and more. We also visit Roscrea Mart and have all the action from the IFA AGM.
14 January 2024 News
Farmer writes: slurry up, silage down
Keeping slurry and silage stocks in check is a bit of a balancing act on most farms this winter, writes Tommy Moyles.
10 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: calving almost upon us
Calving is almost upon us too, with the first couple coming close to their due date, writes Karen McCabe.
3 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Big money for small square bales
The Dealer got an awful land when he was told of the price of hay in Kenmare this week.
27 December 2023 Dealer
Five tips to complete a mid-winter fodder budget
The end of the year is a good time to check fodder reserves using the outlined steps.
27 December 2023 Management