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12th December, 2018

Archive for 2018

WINTER MILK PRODUCTION – THE POOR RELATION

Posted on 05 Dec 2018 | 0 Comments

The hum of milk parlours will gradually cease for 6 to 8 weeks in over 80% of dairy farms in the southern half of Ireland. There is an incessant decrease in winter milk production which is primarily seen as a high cost system with low returns. There has been a continuous exit from winter milk […]

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PREPARING FOR THE DRY COW PERIOD

Posted on 07 Nov 2018 | 0 Comments

This year will be remembered for the challenges presented in farming because of seasonal extremes in weather. A wet spring with delayed turnout created fodder shortages with associated increase in cost of milk and beef production. A similar cost increase arose because of fodder shortage due to the arid climate presented this summer. In contrast, […]

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SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION FROM DAIRY

Posted on 10 Oct 2018 | 0 Comments

The past two weeks post the ploughing fiasco has been an Indian summer. This has resulted in excellent grass growth rates, conservation of late cuts of silage, reseeding, application of slurry and a significant improvement in the psychological well-bring of farmers. This past year has been extremely mentally testing primarily for farmers in our industry. […]

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ENSURE YOUR IN-CALF STOCK REMAIN FIT

Posted on 12 Sep 2018 | 0 Comments

The fodder shortage has asked many questions about systems of milk production for spring calving systems. There is no discussion of expansion on any farm visits. Farmers are optimistic that a mild autumn will enable the harvest of third cuts of silage and enable cows to be kept outdoors later in the autumn. The challenges […]

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THE LEAVING CERT CHALLENGE!

Posted on 15 Aug 2018 | 0 Comments

The impact of the drought still pertains on many dairy farms in the South East and Midlands. The contrasts in challenges experienced by farmers in different parts of the country are phenomenal. Dairy farmers in the North and West coast have seen an excellent recovery with land set aside for second and third cuts of […]

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WATER SHORTAGE INCREASES LATER EMBRYO DEATH

Posted on 18 Jul 2018 | 0 Comments

Water is an integral element of our daily industry. The current drought is having enormous adverse effects on both welfare of our livestock and stress placed on farm families. Milk production has dropped dramatically and the incidence of later foetal death has increased. This will ultimately increase the number of empty cows at the end […]

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INFERTILE BULLS AND EMBRYO DEATH REDUCE 6 WEEK CALVING RATES

Posted on 20 Jun 2018 | 0 Comments

The improvement in weather for the past three weeks has provided an excellent opportunity to preserve top quality silage and get slurry spread in preparation for second cuts of silage. Farmers are now heeding the need to have extra reserves of silage to address the risk of an extended indoor feeding period. Milk proteins are […]

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THE CREAM ALWAYS COMES TO THE TOP

Posted on 23 May 2018 | 0 Comments

This has been an extremely difficult season to date. Grazing conditions and indeed the opportunity for zero grazing have been challenging. However those farmers who have maintained supplemental concentrates to avoid a continuity of negative energy balance and in turn maintain optimal body condition scores are reaping the rewards of high submission rates and pregnancy […]

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PLANNING ON ACCURATE HEAT DETECTION

Posted on 30 Apr 2018 | 0 Comments

An improvement in soil temperatures has brought relief to most dairy farmers as they see an opportunity to get cows outdoors by day and night. Many farmers are still faced with keeping cows indoors at night until grass covers sustain a normal grazing rotation. Supplemental concentrates with forage extenders have been the key to maintain […]

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DAIRY HERD MANAGEMENT IN A FODDER CRISIS

Posted on 28 Mar 2018 | 0 Comments

This will be a challenging year for breeding programmes for spring calving in 2019. The seeds have already been set which dictate both egg quality and uterine environment for development of the early stage embryo after breeding in 3 to 5 weeks time. The challenges of a late spring abound inside the farm gate. Farmers […]

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