Northern Ireland
Training fully booked for soil scheme
Kieran Mailey
All courses to be held this spring as part of the SNMS are fully booked with farmers now being directed to the online training option.
31 January 2024 Fertilizers
Where to for fertiliser in 2024?
Aidan Brennan asks if farmers would be right or wrong to spread more fertiliser in 2024.
24 January 2024 Northern Ireland
Farmers urged to manage slurry properly
A recent CAFRE open day focused on making best use of livestock slurry on farms this spring. Kieran Mailey reports.
Top tips for soil sampling before spring
Soil samples should be taken before the lifting of the fertiliser and slurry restrictions in early 2024.
29 December 2023 Management
Top tips for early spring slurry spreading
The closed period for slurry spreading ends in three weeks' time for counties in zones A and B. Before then, give thought to making best use of slurry with the outlined tips.
20 December 2023 Climate and environment
Just 14,500 lime payment claims submitted
The low uptake equates to only 35% of approvals and means that at best €8.5m of the €16m budget allocated will be utilised.
22 November 2023 News
The Grass Week: end of grazing as covers deplete and conditions deteriorate
Low utilisation has led to covers on farms that continued to graze to rapidly disappear, while ground conditions called a halt to grazing for many before now.
18 November 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: farm covers on the upper end for closing
Despite an early finish to the grazing season for many, the poor utilisation rates have brought farm cover down rapidly, though it is still on the higher end for complete closing.
4 November 2023 Grass & feeding
Spreading deadline extended to March for liming scheme
The lime will need to be spread by 31 March 2024 and Department checks will ensure that lime claimed for is delivered and spread.
6 October 2023 News
Over and out for Kildalton’s John O'Connor
Adam Woods reports from last week’s suckler beef open day at the Teagasc Agricultural college in Piltown in Co. Kilkenny
13 September 2023 Breeding & health
Milking the benefits of low input grazing swards
Portrush farmer William Chestnutt is making use of multispecies swards to feed his 250 cow dairy herd, Kieran Mailey reports.
6 September 2023 Northern Ireland
Grass measurement reaps rewards in Cavan
The Smith family discussed what role technology, changing calving pattern and grass measurement has played on their farm.
23 August 2023 Grass & feeding