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20th August, 2018

Dr Dan's Newspaper Articles

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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DAIRY HERD MANAGEMENT IN A FODDER CRISIS

This will be a challenging year for breeding programmes for spring calving in 2019. The seeds have already been set which...
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OPTIMISING THE HEALTH TRIANGLE ON SPRING CALVING DAIRY HERDS

The workload on spring calving dairy herds has now stepped up into "sixth gear" as we approach week 5 of the calving season on...
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OPTIMAL MANAGEMENT OF COWS AND CALVES IN SPRING CALVING SEASON

Spring calving programmes will begin now for grass based milk production systems. The target is to have 90% of cows calved in a...
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PREPARING FOR WINTER MILK PRODUCTION IN 2018

The morning and evening hum of milking parlours harvesting milk from daily herds has ceased for a six week period. There are...
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HOUSING MANAGEMENT OF THE DAIRY HERD

The persistent wet weather over the past two months has resulted in an early winter housing period for many beef and dairy...
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