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23rd February, 2019

Dr Dan's Newspaper Articles

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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THE LEAVING CERT CHALLENGE!

The impact of the drought still pertains on many dairy farms in the South East and Midlands. The contrasts in challenges...
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WATER SHORTAGE INCREASES LATER EMBRYO DEATH

Water is an integral element of our daily industry. The current drought is having enormous adverse effects on both welfare of...
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INFERTILE BULLS AND EMBRYO DEATH REDUCE 6 WEEK CALVING RATES

The improvement in weather for the past three weeks has provided an excellent opportunity to preserve top quality silage and...
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THE CREAM ALWAYS COMES TO THE TOP

This has been an extremely difficult season to date. Grazing conditions and indeed the opportunity for zero grazing have been...
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PLANNING ON ACCURATE HEAT DETECTION

An improvement in soil temperatures has brought relief to most dairy farmers as they see an opportunity to get cows outdoors by...
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