Positive Farmers Conference: keeping grass-based systems competitive
Aidan Brennan
Aidan Brennan reports from the Positive Farmers Conference in Cork, where New Zealand-based adviser Paul Bird outlined some key elements of remaining competitive.
25 December 2023 Management
Grazing workshop: what are the key targets?
Aidan Brennan reports from the grazing workshop at the Teagasc dairy conference held in November.
13 December 2023 Northern Ireland
Zero grazing outperforms silage, study finds
The results highlight the “practical challenges” of wilting grass to a suitable dry matter for making silage from August onwards.
Work starts when beef PGI secured
No further obstacles to a PGI for grass-fed Irish beef, but real work has yet to come.
22 November 2023 News
Sheep Management: housing lambs for finishing and temporary fencing
It is important to keep on top of breeding progress with a typical repeat rate exceeding 15% quickly raising alarm bells.
1 November 2023 Management
Mid-season flocks should have first paddocks closed
Research carried out in Teagasc Athenry shows that mid-season flocks with a stocking rate of 10 to 12 ewes/ha should have 20% of the grazing area closed by mid-October.
25 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Dairy Management: counting down to housing
Aidan Brennan says there should be about four to five weeks of grazing left on farms not overly affected by the bad weather.
9 October 2023 Management
The Grass Week: warm soils keeping growth afloat
Soils are between 3.4°C and 6.2°C above normal, which has been the main reason for strong growth figures recently.
16 September 2023 Grass & feeding