‘Smart’ spreader avoids getting stuck in a rut

The French-built Dangreville ‘intelligent’ spreader can automatically inflate and deflate its tyres, without the operator having to intervene. Tyre pressure (on each tyre) changes automatically, depending on the weight of the load and the speed of travel. The software system takes account of the tyre type and size; this is inputted at the factory when the machine…

Coccidiosis poses a major risk for caves: How do you avoid it?

Coccidiosis has been on the increase in recent years. This is often due to a late spring, with the resultant late turnout of stock leading to a build-up of infection in calf bedding and creep areas. It’s all about hygiene and cleanliness as the calving season progresses. What causes coccidiosis? As with cryptosporidia, coccidiosis is caused…

Are my cows on the right track for breeding?

Approximately 700,000 dairy calves have been registered on Irish farms so far this year and the breeding season, to produce next spring’s calves, is fast approaching. For herds planning a late January / early February calving start date, breeding will kick into gear in just four weeks time. As it draws closer, dairy farmers need…

It’s time Irish farmers got full recognition for the quality food they produce

If nothing else, Brazil’s ‘rotten meat’ scandal should bring home to consumers in this part of the world just how lucky they are in having such a high-quality livestock industry on their doorsteps. Origin Green and the other farm quality assurance schemes guarantee full traceability, animal welfare, conservation and environmental protection standards. The only problem…

Keeping an eye on Genomics scheme requirements…

Over 50% of all suckler calves on Irish farms are born between the months of January and April. And in the coming weeks, many suckler farmers will be selecting sires for the 2017 breeding season. Sire selection, in light of the introduction of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP), has become increasingly important at…

How much can I pay for calves this spring?

The face of the Irish beef industry is changing as more calves, sourced for the dairy herd, come on stream and suckler cow numbers decline. The abolition of milk quotas across the EU in 2015 has lead to expansion on Irish dairy farms and, as a result, dairy cow numbers have increased by 167,500 head…

New dairy entrants to share their experiences at Lely open days

Recent converts to dairy farming, John Lanigan and Denis Condron, will share their experiences of switching from suckler farming to dairying at upcoming Lely open days on their respective farms. over, both farmers had focused on weanling production but found the system was not providing an adequate return. The abolition of milk quotas gave John and…

Beware of grass tetany risks over the coming weeks

The focus at farm level, for farmers who have not already done so, is switching to turnout and getting animals out to pasture. But farmers need to be acutely aware of the risks associated with grass tetany. Grass tetany is caused by a Magnesium deficiency which can occur when animals are grazing rapidly-growing, lush, low-fibre…

Are you a news journalist? Do you want to join a dynamic team?

Due to continued growth, Agriland is looking for a news journalist to join our expanding editorial team. If you’re an energetic and enthusiastic qualified journalist, with a passion for all things digital, then we have an opportunity for you. You will be working with other news and technical journalists. For this news-based role, an agricultural qualification…

Spring vs Autumn reseeding – What works best?

Despite some recent inclement weather, attention at farm level is beginning to switch to turning stock out to grass. Research has shown that grass is the cheapest source of feed available to livestock production systems, whether they be beef, dairy or sheep, in Ireland. However, to remain productive and profitable, it may be necessary to…

Four new perennial ryegrass varieties coming to farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine has recently published its Grass and White Clover Recommended List Varieties for Ireland 2017. Details of the recommended varieties, which are evaluated by the Department, were made public earlier this week. Before being included on the recommended list, the varieties were evaluated under six-cut and eight-to-10 cut systems…

‘Factories and butchers will be looking for lambs’

Factories and butchers will be looking for lambs in the next two weeks, according to the IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey. The Mayo-based farmer said there have been very few spring lambs available on the market to date and with Easter Sunday occurring on April 16, factories will be on the look out…