Determining straw requirements for winter housing and lambing
Darren Carty
Higher volumes of straw are coming on to the market at a much earlier stage and farmers should strike while the iron is hot to get their winter straw requirement sorted.
10 August 2022 Farm machinery
Over 52,000ha of straw going through the chopper
Peter Thomas Keaveney takes a look at good practices surrounding straw incorporation and speaks to two farmers using different types of machines to carry out the job.
10 August 2022 News
Choppers turned on as straw market sluggish
With demand for straw slow and prices uncertain, farmers are turning choppers on to incorporate straw.
Calf rearing: getting calves off to a good start
The rearing phase of the system is the most labour-intensive and the highest risk period for calf health. Getting the simple things right is very important.
7 August 2022 Breeding & health
Cut to direct payments if 20-25% of land is not left in stubble
Up until last Friday, the rules required shallow cultivation or the sowing of a crop in all circumstances within seven days of the chopping or baling of straw post-harvest.
3 August 2022 News
Straw prices range from €13 to €22 per bale
There are huge differences in prices, demand and eagerness to chop straw across the country, while haulage is adding to costs.
27 July 2022 News
Drying grain, cutting OSR and lifting spuds
If you’re near the tramlines this week it’s a very busy view, as farmers juggle the massive workload of the harvest.
Nitrates rules 'putting a lot of stress on farmers'
New nitrates rules for tillage farmers have yet to be confirmed and are proving difficult to implement.
27 July 2022 News
Tillage Podcast: what's the value of straw?
On this week's podcast, Andy Doyle and Siobhán Walsh talk about the harvest, straw values, grain prices and much more.
22 July 2022 News
Satellite check notifications begin for tillage schemes
Those who applied for the Protein Aid Scheme and the Straw Incorporation Measure may be checked via satellite.
21 July 2022 News
Tullamore Farm bull beef results
Adam Woods takes a look at the bull beef system on Tullamore Farm and how it has performed over the last few years.
20 July 2022 Grass & feeding
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.
20 July 2022 Soils