Managing the grazing rotation through peak grass growth
Kieran Mailey
Grass growth is running ahead of demand, making it harder to manage grazing rotations.
18 May 2024 Management
Five tips for first cut silage
As silage season moves into top gear across Ireland, outlined are some tips to keep in mind.
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urged
Heightened risks of soil and slurry contamination in first-cut grass silage after the wet winter will require extra vigilance with silage making this season, an expert is urging.
Making a move on mower maintenance
With the recent spell of good weather and burst of growth, the trusty disc mower on all farms is soon to be called into action. Below, we offer a quick service run through before taking to the fields.
15 May 2024 Farm machinery
Dairy Management: growing silage and spreading fertiliser
Aidan Brennan says farmers should be doing fodder budgets for the winter now to assess if they'll have enough silage or not for the winter.
15 May 2024 Management
Know your limits with pits
The issue of silage pit capacity needs to be considered before the silage season begins on farms, which have increased their cow numbers, writes Martin Merrick.
15 May 2024 Buildings
Farmer Writes: first-cut silage harvested in near-perfect conditions
James Strain took his first cut of red clover silage this week and plans to get some 0:7:30 on it and do the same in six weeks’ time.
15 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Five areas to focus on farm safety
Keep safety in mind as farms move into silage season and other fieldwork is carried out. Outlined are some tips to working safely.
11 May 2024 Management
HSA farm safety inspections under way
The HSA has begun inspecting farms nationwide to focus on safe use of machinery on farms. Farmers are urged to address maintenance or servicing issues with their machinery.
10 May 2024 News
From feeding silage to making silage in the space of a week
Now is the time to analyse the grass situation and plan ahead - that was the main message from Teagasc dairy specialist in Ballyhaise, James Dunne, at a Teagasc signpost farm walk in Offaly.
8 May 2024 News
Farmer Writes: spending extra time with calves
There’s a lot to be said for a cow who does her job by the book, and one of those calved recently.
8 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: good weather, price increases and breeding
Breeding season is commencing this week on Padraig Callanan's farm, with calving almost finished. Silage ground preparation is well under way with an aim to have silage cut around 20 May.
1 May 2024 Farmer Writes