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5th December, 2019

Dr Dan's Newspaper Articles

Rearing Bull Calves on Dairy Farms in the North of Ireland

In the North of Ireland currently it is not allowed to slaughter male calves as part of certification for dairy under the Red...
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GLANBIA WINTER MILK SCHEME INCREASES THE WORKLOAD ASSOCIATED WITH TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AN AUTUMN BREEDING PROGRAMME IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY WHILE PREPARING FOR THE SPRING CALVING PROGRAMME

A farm visit to conduct a Pre-breed scan for a client in Co. Laois who has both a spring and autumn calving programme revealed...
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AN EXTRA 2 LITRES OF MILK PER COW ON AVERAGE PER DAY BY REDUCING WAITING TIME FOR MILKING AND INCREASING THE MILKING INTERVAL TO 12 HOURS

On a prebreed scan today for an autumn calving programme involving a total herd of 370 cows in milk today, split between spring...
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OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPTY COWS TO BE RECYLED INTO AUTUMN CALVING PROGRAMME

In our travels this week, we are encountering farmers wanting empty cows scanned for suitability for breeding to calve next...
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USE OF SEX SEMEN IN DAIRY COWS FOR AUTUMN CALVING IN 2020

  Currently we have a demand by dairy farmers to identify cows in terms of suitability for the use of sexed semen. The...
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PREPARING FOR SPRING CALVING IN 2019

The negative impact of the 2018 summer drought on silage stocks has been significantly reduced by the mild weather in December...
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WINTER MILK PRODUCTION – THE POOR RELATION

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....
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PREPARING FOR THE DRY COW PERIOD

This year will be remembered for the challenges presented in farming because of seasonal extremes in weather. A wet spring with...
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SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION FROM DAIRY

The past two weeks post the ploughing fiasco has been an Indian summer. This has resulted in excellent grass growth rates,...
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ENSURE YOUR IN-CALF STOCK REMAIN FIT

The fodder shortage has asked many questions about systems of milk production for spring calving systems. There is no...
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