Vaccinate NOW and Get with the Programme!
Do changes in IBR vaccination recommendations irritate you? Confused with the mixed messages about use of IBR vaccines? Want a robust, reliable and simple IBR vaccination programme for your herd?

Over a number of years, advances in research, combined with field experience of using different IBR vaccines on farm, have led to changes in recommendations which may lead to some confusion.

What we now know, and what has been proven in the field since 2012, is that you can use Rispoval IBR Marker Live (the one you mix) in heifer calves from 3 months of age followed by Rispoval IBR Marker Inactivated (the one you don’t mix) within 6 months. The Rispoval IBR Marker Inactivated vaccine can then be repeated on a yearly basis.

NOW is the time to start heifer calves on the Rispoval Yearly IBR Programme. A single dose of Rispoval IBR Marker Live NOW will set up heifer calves to join the Rispoval Yearly IBR programme this coming winter.

We recommend starting the first single dose of Rispoval IBR Marker Live in heifer calves in June/July when they are over 3 months of age so they are fit to join the main herd vaccination with Rispoval IBR Marker Inactivated in November/December. This ensures all animals in the herd are protected from IBR from a young age, and provides a lifetime, whole herd approach for comprehensive IBR protection, including protection from abortion associated with the IBR virus.

This Rispoval Yearly IBR programme has been tried and tested in Ireland since 2012, with both vets and farmers nationwide confident from their experience that they can rely on Rispoval for IBR protection. Since 2012 the volume of Rispoval IBR Marker vaccines used in Ireland has increased 5 fold as more and more farmers are getting with the Rispoval Yearly IBR Programme.

Benefits of Rispoval Yearly IBR Programme

  • Lifetime herd approach
  • IBR Protection for all animals from a young age
  • Clear & simple programme
  • Reduction of virus shedding
  • Prevention of IBR abortion
  • Labour Saving as fewer vaccines required
  • Vaccination of the entire herd in December is both convenient and effective
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    Improving your Oilseed Rape Harvest Management
    This season more than ever correct pre-harvest Roundup® Brands desiccation will be essential for growers.

    The winter and spring weather conditions have resulted in a range of pod maturities within the canopy. Increasingly growers have drilled hybrid varieties at lower seed rates, plants produce thicker stems and with the application of growth regulators and fungicides there is more moisture left in the plant at maturity.

    Desiccation with Roundup Brands will be the key to ensure more timely and reliable harvesting, fewer volunteers, savings in drying costs, and earlier entry to following crop.

    What are the main benefits of using Roundup Brands for harvest management?

    Far less troublesome combining – 91%

    Valuable extra weed control – 82%

    Less drying cost – 80%

    More reliable harvest timing – 76%

    The Timing Guide for Efficient Harvesting of Oilseed Rape

    Apply Roundup Brands when the crop moisture content of the Oilseed rape seeds is below 30%. This may be determined visually by following the 3 steps detailed below.

    1. Select an area of the crop which is representative of the field. Pick, at random, a total of 20 pods from the middle of the main raceme.

    2. Open each pod. If a colour change from green to brown is seen in at least two thirds of the seeds per pod in at least fifteen of the pods picked, the earliest correct stage for spraying has been reached. However, if approximately half the seeds have turned brown, the crop should be ready in 3 days, but repeat the procedure to check that the correct stage has been reached. NB. Spraying too early will lead to poor desiccation.

    3. Repeat the procedure in other areas of the crop to check assessment is applicable to the entire field. Spray within 4 days, unless the weather is very cool, then the window can be extended to 7 days.

    Harvesting – The statutory harvest interval is 14 days, up to 21 days may be necessary before combining .

    Weed stage – For effective control of weeds they must be healthy and actively growing. Weeds that have senesced or died back or are suffering from drought may not be as susceptible.

    For further advice on improving your harvest management visit

    Saving money while reducing the workload
    “It definitely saves money, a healthy cow is a profitable cow. If you have to get the vet to clean out a cow it delays breeding, it delays everything.” Mike McCarthy is farming in Co. Limerick.

    Mike’s farm is naturally deficient in selenium and this needed careful attention each year.

    In 2013 a national Teagasc survey highlighted that dairy cows receive only 38% of their required selenium from grass. This reinforced earlier work which has shown that over 90% of grass and silage is either low or very low in selenium. Selenium is very important for a number of functions within the cow and has been shown to have a considerable effect on fertility, breeding and thrive.

    The McCarthys started using selenium in their fertiliser back in 2014. They were aware of a selenium deficiency on farm and had been blood sampling twice a year to keep an eye on it. Cows retaining cleanings was not uncommon on the farm and calves were often very lethargic when born. Since switching to using Gouldings selenium fertilisers Mike has almost forgotten they had a selenium deficiency. The selenium is taken up by grass and silage and is now fed throughout the year. “It’s in the diet, it’s there, without having to artificially replace it.” It is seldom now that a cow would retain cleanings and calves are much livelier when born. Mike has also cut out administering selenium injections to the herd.

    The easiest way to establish whether your farm has a selenium deficiency is to carry out a mineral scan on either grass or silage or to carry out a blood test on a number of animals. Cows require 0.30mg/kg of selenium in their diet so for grass and silage mineral scans, less than 0.16mg/kg can be considered low while less than 0.08mg/kg can be considered very low. The average selenium content in Ireland is 0.11mg/kg.

    Mike spreads 4 bags per acre of selenium fertiliser on grazing and silage ground. He usually starts his years application with Selenistart, the next product he uses then depends on soil fertility. Lower P + K sites receive Selenigraze while fields which receive slurry and have good soil fertility receive Selenigrass. Mike spreads Selenicut for silage ground.

    The Gouldings Selenium range also includes 18’s + Selenium as well as the products that Mike has been using, namely Selenistart (urea + selenium), Selenigrass (CAN + selenium), Selenigraze + Sulphur (24½-2½-5 + Sulphur + Selenium) and Selenicut (20-2-12 + Sulphur + Selenium). If you have any further queries on selenium and fertiliser please contact your local fertiliser stockist or Gouldings Fertilisers directly on 021-4911611