Farmer Writes: getting strong covers under control
Bill O'Keeffe
A few repeats is all that is left from the breeding season on Bill O'Keefe's Co Kilkenny dairy farm.
Shinagh: grass still growing with low N
Aidan Brennan reports from the Shinagh dairy farm in Cork, where nitrogen use has been reduced and the carbon footprint measured.
16 May 2022 News
Calf slaughtering up 16% in 2022
Adam Woods takes a look at data that was presented at last Friday’s Department of Agriculture Dairy Calf working group.
Weekly podcast: record beef prices, sexed semen and pig protests
Analysis of the record beef prices seen in marts this week, the latest on dairy markets, carbon emission target negotiations, pig protests, sexed semen use and turf all feature.
12 May 2022 News
Brisk demand for sexed semen
There has been a "noticeable swing in the use of sexed semen," AI companies have told the Irish Farmers Journal.
11 May 2022 News
Sexed semen: what’s important to know
Aidan Brennan has some advice for dairy farmers using sexed semen for the first time this year.
Striking the balance with dairy beef sire selection
As the dairy herd stabilises and with greater use of sexed semen, there are opportunities to breed better quality beef calves on dairy farms this year. Declan Marren reports.
27 April 2022 Breeding & health
Farmer Writes: improving herd genetics a passion of mine
Thomas Duffy is a dairy farmer milking 100 cows on mixed ground from Virginia in east Cavan. He farms in partnership with his parents Ned and Kathleen and sister Kaye.
25 April 2022 Farmer Writes
Protocols for synching cows and heifers
Aidan Brennan outlines some of the protocols for synchronising heats in cows and heifers.
13 April 2022 Breeding
Dairy Management: breeding season and fertiliser spreading
With weeks to go before the breeding season starts here are three things farmers need to do.
6 April 2022 Management
Farmers need high-EBI cows, not high-EBI calves
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the subsequent performance of the most widely used AI bulls in 2018 and asks if genomics is worth the risk.
30 March 2022 Spring AI
Positive results from first stage of IVF study
Stephen Butler, Alan Crowe, Stephen Moore and Pat Lonergan from Teagasc and UCD give an overview of the background to and early results from a large study using embryo transfer and IVF techniques.
30 March 2022 Spring AI