Top heat detection aids for breeding 2024
Martin Merrick
With breeding likely to commence in a month’s time for many spring-calving suckler herds the attention should now turn to heat detection.
10 March 2024 Sucklers
Tips for managing spring-calving herds until turnout
Where spring-calving cows will be housed until April, Kieran Mailey outlines some tips for indoor management.
Suckler systems at a crossroads
Adam Woods previews what’s inside this week’s Irish Farmers Journal suckler Focus.
Keeping calves healthy on Tullamore Farm
Adam Woods take a look at what Tullamore Farm manager Shaun Diver is doing to keep calves healthy.
28 February 2024 Animal Health
The end of the road for small-scale suckling
John Moran believes older farmers are being forced out of sucklers by the complexity of support schemes.
21 February 2024 News
Are suckler calves getting enough colostrum?
The first feed of colostrum is crucial for newborn calves, but are animals getting enough?
13 February 2024 Management
Farmers Writes: the end of an era and the beginning of another
Having made the decision a while back, James Strain has no cows on his farm for the first time in over 100 years.
6 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Grazing patterns of ancient Ireland can offer a ‘blueprint’ for sustainability
Cattle have been farmed in Ireland for thousands of years with their past management offering us a potential blueprint for sustainable farming today. Barry Murphy reports.
20 December 2023 News
Farmer Writes: disillusionment with the powers that be
Communication around the changes to the suckler breeding indexes have dominated the news in beef circles of late, but will they have any impact on the sector, asks Tommy Moyles.
13 December 2023 Farmer Writes
Letter regarding the ICBF index change
The suckler sector will meet its environmental targets by 2030 if those suckling just continue as we are, given the huge exodus of farmers from the sector - Thomas Garraghy, by email
15 November 2023 Letters
Lying space requirements for housed cattle
Adam Woods takes a look at lying space requirements for cattle being housed this winter.
25 October 2023 Breeding & health
Update on AHI Pig HealthCheck programme
We take a look at the Animal Health Ireland-led Pig HealthCheck programme and get an update on its activities in recent months.
22 October 2023 Pigs