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This week in photos: big shows are back
Photo Desk
Our top farming photos from the past week include some of the action from Balmoral Show, setting grass seeds, sowing maize, milking cows, turf production and more.
14 May 2022 Thrive
Thrive weekly roundup: dealing with high costs and feeding calves at grass
Can farmers afford to feed meal to calves at grass over the first grazing season and some programme farmers outline how they are overcoming higher input costs - all in the Thrive weekly roundup.
14 May 2022 Management
Five tips to prepare for ensiling first-cut silage
Before harvesting first-cut silage, outlined are five steps to prepare for ensiling it.
In pictures: quality weanlings in demand in Kingscourt Mart
Niamh Gunn reports from Kingscourt Mart’s sale of weanlings and sucklers on Saturday 7 May.
11 May 2022 Markets
Grass+ Beef: decisions need to be made to maintain grazing quality
Strong growth in most areas of the country means keeping grazing quality ahead of stock now becomes the priority.
11 May 2022 Grass & feeding
Bonus scheme for Hampshire Down lamb launched
The farmer-led group is developing a network of local butchers to process and markets lamb through the scheme.
11 May 2022 Northern Ireland
Farmer Writes: danger of optimism in May
Kieran Sullivan is beginning to wean calves and planning for this winter's forage crop.
11 May 2022 Farmer Writes
NI Sheep Programme: Reseeding plans in Co Antrim
Co Antrim sheep farmer Dermot McAleese is gearing up to reseed grazing and silage swards this summer.
11 May 2022 Grass & feeding
Pit silage versus bales in 2022
Kieran Mailey looks at whether lighter crops in 2022 might influence decisions around silage harvesting.
11 May 2022 Northern Ireland
Some steps to improve silage quality
Producing high-quality silage could save a lot of money this season, as fertiliser and concentrate costs reach exceptionally high prices.
Thrive weekly roundup: demo farm grazing update and tasks for dairy-beef farms
This week's dairy-beef programme roundup has a video update from the demo farm where grass growth has really taken off. We outline three key jobs to be carried out on dairy-beef farms this month.
7 May 2022 Management
Beginners' tips for setting up grazing paddocks
For farmers considering paddock grazing to improve grass utilisation, outlined are some tips to get up and running.
7 May 2022 Management