Thrive: meal feeding to calves at grass – feed on or cut it out?
Declan Marren
It has been a topic of much debate between the Thrive farmers over the last few years – to feed meal for the first grazing season or not? Now with higher meal prices, has the opinion changed?
Grass bursting out of the ground
Super growing conditions means farmers need to be careful not to let cows and cattle into covers that are too strong.
23 April 2022 Management
The Grass Week: magic day begins to hit farms
With growth effectively doubling over the past number of weeks, now is the critical time to manage swards effectively for optimum performance.
NI Sheep Programme: making improvements to the grazing system
Improving grassland management has been a central theme on the programme farms. Kieran Mailey outlines some steps to improve grazing in the year ahead.
20 April 2022 Management
Milder weather improves growth rates
Much milder weather has seen grass growth rates rise, but there is a risk of colder weather tempering growth rates next week.
13 April 2022 Grass & feeding
Five tips for preventing grass tetany
Lactating cows will be at risk of grass tetany, as weather conditions become more variable. Outlined are some tips to preventing the issue.
2 April 2022 Management
Sheep Management: creep feeding considerations with escalating feed costs
Concentrate prices continue to rise sharply and there is unfortunately no signs on the horizon pointing to the potential of costs tapering off.
23 March 2022 Management
Reducing fertiliser and feed costs while supporting productivity
At the recent Teagasc lowland sheep conference Michael Gottstein, Teagasc, outlined strategies to insulate production systems from escalating costs without negatively affecting productivity.
2 February 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive: five aspects of your dairy-beef system to review
It is a good time to reflect on what went well in 2021 and what could be improved for the season ahead. Here are some of the main topics that dairy beef farmers should focus on.
27 December 2021 Management
The Grass Week: measuring grass, what do you need?
What to do first when getting set up for measuring grass for the first time in 2022.
17 December 2021 Grass & feeding
Beef management: housing cattle ahead of heavy rain
With heavy rain forecast, more cattle are being housed this week as grazing comes to an end.
26 October 2021 Management
Farmer Writes: taking stock for winter and issues with carbon
It's time that the Government acknowledged the crucial role that farmers play in climate action, writes Bill O'Keeffe.
20 October 2021 Farmer Writes