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Dairy
The 12 steps to sustainability: are they achievable?
Aidan Brennan
Aidan Brennan reviews the Teagasc 12 step plan to reduce emissions from dairy farms.
20 July 2022 Soils
To bale or chop - nutrient value has more than doubled
Decisions around straw need to take account of the high replacement cost of the nutrients that are exported when straw is removed.
13 July 2022 Husbandry
Tillage Management: start of harvest is not a pleasant tale
The first week and a half of winter barley harvesting has been generally disappointing given the effort and investment involved .
How and when to sow forage crops
Forage crops should be relatively low-input, so try to keep costs down when sowing. You may have enough machinery to do it yourself.
6 July 2022 Fodder
How does grass grow?
Ireland is often referred to as the Emerald Isle, or it’s said to have 40 shades of green. Professor Tommy Boland gives us the science behind why that is.
15 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Five tips for spreading slurry on silage aftermath
Once first-cut silage has been harvested, attention will turn to getting slurry on aftermaths. Outlined are five tips to spreading slurry after silage.
4 June 2022 Management
How much fertiliser to spread for second cut?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the recommendation for fertiliser and slurry for second-cut silage.
4 June 2022 Management
Evaluating the effectiveness of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Programme
The Agricultural Catchments Programme works with 300 farmers across six intensively farmed catchments to quantify the effectiveness of different farming practices on water quality.
1 June 2022 Schemes
Changing the equation on ruminants
Lighthouse Farms provide inspirational stories of farmers around the world finding new ways to survive and tackle new challenges. This is also true of the Irish Lighthouse Farm, writes Rogier Schulte.
Testing plants can make you money
Taking a plant sample can help to identify nutrient deficiencies early and therefore reduce yield losses from that deficiency.
Farm set up for growth this spring
Following a cold period, growth has started to pick up, writes Ballymoney dairy farmer Robert McConaghy.
20 April 2022 Farmer Writes
Biostimulants improving nitrogen-use efficiency
“Biological farming is already showing very decent reductions of chemical nitrogen usage on Irish dairy farms.”
13 April 2022 News