breeding season

Could your farm benefit from having a teaser bull?

Could your farm benefit from having a teaser bull?

A lot of farms have moved away from using stockbulls in favour of artificial insemination (AI) to increase genetic gains,...

November 7, 2021

Taking extra care of ewe lambs this breeding season

Taking extra care of ewe lambs this breeding season

A few weeks back I discussed the benefits of breeding ewe lambs on farms this breeding season and for those...

October 26, 2021

Raddling rams this breeding season: Why it is a must

Raddling rams this breeding season: Why it is a must

With the breeding season kicked off on many mid-season lambing flocks, sheep farmers will be hoping for positive results when...

October 15, 2021

Looking to achieve a compact lambing period? Here’s how you can

Looking to achieve a compact lambing period? Here’s how you can

A compact lambing period is the ultimate goal on many sheep farms; however, in some cases, it is sometimes hard...

September 22, 2021

What should I do with my cull cows?

What should I do with my cull cows?

At this point of the lactation cycle, most farmers have their cows scanned to determine their pregnancy status – you...

September 12, 2021

Managing under and overfat ewes in the run-up to breeding

Managing under and overfat ewes in the run-up to breeding

Just over a week ago, I spoke about the importance and benefit of body condition scoring (BCS) your flock of...

September 5, 2021

What weight should my ewe lambs be at breeding time?

What weight should my ewe lambs be at breeding time?

Like every other year, the last few weeks have seen sheep farmers very active and keen to get a hold...

September 2, 2021

Have you organised for your cows to be scanned?

Have you organised for your cows to be scanned?

Breeding 2021 has come to a conclusion on most spring-calving dairy herds, with the next task being to get cows...

August 29, 2021

Ram health checks in advance of breeding

Ram health checks in advance of breeding

Checking that both your ram(s) and ewes are fit for breeding is a hugely important job, that is a must...

August 25, 2021

Breeding 2021: Are you still breeding cows?

Breeding 2021: Are you still breeding cows?

The 2021 breeding season has drawn to a close on the majority of spring-calving dairy herds across the country, with...

August 22, 2021

Who were the top ten most desirable bachelors in 2021?

Who were the top ten most desirable bachelors in 2021?

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has released figures showing the top ten dairy-on-dairy and beef-on-dairy bulls for the 2021...

August 20, 2021

Breeding season: Time to ‘pull the bull’

Breeding season: Time to ‘pull the bull’

The 2021 breeding season is approaching its conclusion on spring-calving Irish dairy farms, as we approach the end of July....

July 20, 2021

When to ‘pull out the bull’ and end your breeding season

When to ‘pull out the bull’ and end your breeding season

The latest episode of the Dairy Edge podcast was hosted by Emma Louise Coffey who was joined by George Ramsbottom,...

June 30, 2021

7% increase in the use of sire advice facility in 2021

7% increase in the use of sire advice facility in 2021

The 2021 spring-calving breeding season is entering the closing stages on most dairy farms; as we enter these stages, the...

June 29, 2021

Jersey sires remain popular with customers – LIC

Jersey sires remain popular with customers – LIC

Breeding 2021 on the majority of spring-calving herds is now six or seven weeks in, with many farms now switching...

June 19, 2021

Breeding 2021: What is happening on the ground?

Breeding 2021: What is happening on the ground?

The weather seems to have finally improved, with growth rates finally beginning to reach the levels that are expected for...

June 8, 2021

Is your stock bull fit for purpose?

Is your stock bull fit for purpose?

Most spring-calving dairy herds typically start breeding in early May, so by now most farmers should have completed four weeks...

June 1, 2021

Using tail paint for heat detection

Using tail paint for heat detection

Heat detection plays a crucial part in determining the number of cows submitted, and the number of cows correctly submitted...

May 29, 2021