Preparing accommodation for calving 2023
Martin Merrick
With early-calving herds set to begin calving in six weeks’ time, the preparation for calving 2023 should begin now.
29 November 2022 News
Sligo man named FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2022
A dairy farmer from Co Sligo was named the FBD Young Farmer of the Year at the prestigious awards ceremony on Tuesday night.
22 November 2022 Management
Student labour: organising additional help for the spring rush
Agricultural and veterinary students are a valuable asset to a busy spring yard, but it’s a case of give and take between farmer and student.
Reducing the risk of mastitis post-weaning
Weaning suckler calves after housing may be more practical in terms of management, but there is a risk of cows developing mastitis.
1 November 2022 Management
Bobcat skid steer makes cleaning sheds enjoyable for Laois organic farmer
The Young family in Laois made the move to a skid steer in 2020, which they say has transitioned farm work from being a pain to an enjoyable task. Peter Thomas Keaveney reports.
19 October 2022 Farm machinery
Five cattle management tasks at housing time
There are always management jobs to carry out with cattle around housing time, some of which are outlined.
15 October 2022 Management
Time for scanning spring-calving suckler cows
With housing under way, it is a good opportunity to carry out pregnancy scanning in spring calving suckler herds.
11 October 2022 Management
Prioritise replacement heifers for winter feeding
Maiden heifers that will be retained for breeding should be managed separately from store animals to drive weight gain and hit target weights at breeding time.
5 October 2022 Management
Managing BCS can save up to €85/cow this winter
Strategic use of cow body condition can play a significant role in keeping wintering costs in check, writes Declan Marren.
5 October 2022 Grass & feeding
Northeastern Holstein Friesian breeders raise €18,000 for Ukraine
Holstein Friesian breeders in the northeast came together to raise huge funds for Ukraine.
16 September 2022 Pedigree
Watch: organic farming questions answered at ACA farm walk
Adam Woods reports from a well-attended Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) organic farm walk in Co Offaly.
8 September 2022 Management
Working solutions with family help in Tipp top dairy farm
The Toohey farm near Moneygall on the Tipperary-Offaly border are spring-calving over 200 cows supplying Arrabawn Dairies headquartered in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
7 September 2022 Milk quality