Don’t get caught out by grass tetany this spring

If it slips under the radar grass tetany/hypomagnesaemia can suddenly prove very costly to farmers. The transition period post-calving is when animals are most susceptible to metabolic disorders such as this. In severe cases – just like any metabolic disorder – it can have adverse affects on an animal’s future reproductive performance. Any disorder that […]

Phosphorus levels far from optimal

85% of soil samples were sub-optimal for at least one major nutrient in 2018, according to Mark Plunkett – specialist in soil and plant nutrition in Teagasc. Mark was speaking at the Fertilizer Association of Ireland’s spring seminar last week where the association launched its fourth technical bulletin – the efficient use of phosphorus in […]

C&D Foods: Local farmers discuss Goodman impact in midst of beef crisis

Farmers in Co. Longford have, this week, highlighted a number of concerns to AgriLand about the beef industry in the aftermath of businessman Larry Goodman’s takeover of C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown. Last week, Goodman’s ABP Food Group Ltd (ABP) took control of the large-scale pet food manufacturing company after it purchased CEO, Philip Reynolds’ remaining […]

What should I be feeding my suckler cows post calving?

The feed requirement of a suckler cow varies at different times throughout the year and is determined by the stage of production she is at. Naturally, heifers and thin cows have different feed requirements than mature, better-conditioned cows. By now, calving has either commenced or is on the horizon on suckler farms and farmers should […]

First dairy calving statistics of 2019

Dairy calving’s are behind by over 13,000 births compared to this week last year, figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) indicate. Some 117,880 births have been recorded – so far this week (week ending February 17) – on dairy farms across the country in comparison to 131,287 head for this time last year. […]

UK animal feed firm looking for rep to head up Ugandan arm

Belfast-headquartered agri-tech company Devenish is looking for an agricultural expert ready for an opportunity of a lifetime. The firm is on the hunt for a country manager to take the reins of its operations in Uganda. Devenish’s work in Uganda So far the Devenish has invested more than £1 million into supporting sustainable farming practices in […]

Are you capitalising on your grass growth?

By Cathal Bohane, Head of InTouch Nutrition Calving is in full swing on most farms, and the focus has now turned to the beginning of the grazing season. The exceptionally mild beginning of winter has led to above-average grass growth rates in many areas; some paddocks that were closed early are showing very grazable covers, and […]

Final opportunity to attend Making Tax Digital seminars

Northern Irish farmers and their families hoping to pick up a few tips for the UK’s new tax rules have just two opportunities left to attend CAFRE’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ seminars. The seminars focusing on areas impacting on farm businesses have been organised by the College of Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in partnership with […]

Rural dwellers get a ‘LIFT’ in community initiative

An innovative transport scheme that is being seen as having potential to serve rural communities across the country – Local Individually Flexible Transport (LIFT) – is on the road. Kerry Fine Gael Minister of State, Brendan Griffin and his parliamentary assistant, Tommy Griffin, are behind the initiative. The LIFT service, which began this month, is […]

‘Ruxi’ proposal drive after ‘constructive’ NTA meeting

What was described as ‘a very constructive’ meeting was held between the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, and the National Transport Authority, to discuss the rural taxi ‘Ruxi’ proposal. All present at the meeting on Wednesday, February 6, were in agreement that there was a deficit in the provision […]

Two Wexford roadside holdings to go for auction

Two Wexford roadside holdings will go for auction at the Quinn Property premises in Carnew, on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:00pm. What selling agent David Quinn describes as a ‘valuable’ circa 20ac roadside holding is located at Bolachoir, Tombrack, Ferns. The holding has been put on the market as the owner is retiring from farming. “The […]

Tillage focus: The drills are out…sowing beans in Co. Kildare

The dry spell last week saw machinery descend on the tillage fields. Spring beans planting was one of the first jobs on many farmers’ lists. AgriLand visited Darragh Cleary where he was sowing outside Monasterevin in Co. Kildare. Darragh was sowing Fanfare beans at 250kg/ha. Fertiliser spreading was on the afternoon’s agenda and hybrid barley […]

20.5ac of grazing land in Co. Galway has site potential

Maghera, Oughterard, Co. Galway sees 20.5ac of grazing land, outbuildings and a dilapidated two-storey farmhouse on the market. According to Luke Spencer, of Spencer Auctioneers, who is looking after the sale: “This is a parcel of land which we are selling on behalf of overseas clients and they inherited this land several years ago. “The […]

5 factors contributing to profitable dairy-beef production

Dr. Doreen Corridan – Munster Cattle Breeding Group  Expansion in the dairy herd has resulted in an increase of 414,000 calves born in 2018 – an increase of 40% on 2010 figures. Due to the increased fertility and survival of dairy cows, more cows are now being bred to beef sires as less replacements are […]

Management hint: How to identify a sick/weak calf

The calving season is off to a flying start across the island of Ireland with the weather – so far – remaining relatively tame. As the numbers of calves on the ground increase farmers are finding themselves, and staff, becoming progressively busier. It is around this time that some sick/weak calves slip through the cracks […]