Calves

Have you considered turning out some older calves to grass?

Have you considered turning out some older calves to grass?

With milder conditions in store for this week, farmers should consider turning out some older calves to grass. Early turnout...

March 20, 2021

Teagasc develops 2 new calf-rearing contract agreement templates

Teagasc develops 2 new calf-rearing contract agreement templates

Teagasc has responded to a “growing interest in contract arrangements” between farmers to rear calves and other young cattle by...

March 15, 2021

Teagasc project on calf air transport delayed

Teagasc project on calf air transport delayed

The Teagasc project to test the feasibility of transporting calves by air has been delayed due to cargo airline capacity...

March 2, 2021

Dairy advice: Feeding calves in a cold spell

Dairy advice: Feeding calves in a cold spell

The country is in the middle of a cold spell. Temperatures have fallen and winter showers along with sleet and...

February 11, 2021

Farmers advised to ‘reflect’ on travel when trading calves

Farmers advised to ‘reflect’ on travel when trading calves

Farmers are being advised to “reflect” on whether a journey beyond 5km for the purpose of buying or selling calves...

January 28, 2021

Milk replacer: What should I be looking for?

Milk replacer: What should I be looking for?

The calving season will soon be starting and with that comes the feeding of calves. Many farmers may find it...

January 2, 2021

ICMSA ‘confident’ that EU member states won’t back calf trade ban

ICMSA ‘confident’ that EU member states won’t back calf trade ban

Following reports that the minister for agriculture in the Netherlands recently told the country’s parliament that she favoured a ban...

October 29, 2020

Dutch agriculture minister seeks ban on Irish calves

Dutch agriculture minister seeks ban on Irish calves

The minister for agriculture in the Netherlands has said that she wants to see a ban on the import of...

October 29, 2020

Department ‘engaging’ on ICMSA’s Dairy Beef Calf Scheme

Department ‘engaging’ on ICMSA’s Dairy Beef Calf Scheme

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) has said that it is satisfied that the Department of Agriculture, Food and...

September 23, 2020

NI calf TB testing changes ‘strike right balance’ between integrity and safety

NI calf TB testing changes ‘strike right balance’ between integrity and safety

A decision by the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to suspend calf TB testing during the coronavirus...

May 2, 2020

Approval granted for facilities for 600 extra calves in Cherbourg – IFA

Approval granted for facilities for 600 extra calves in Cherbourg – IFA

French authorities have given the go-ahead for the expansion of lairage facilities in Cherbourg which will increase capacity for an...

March 6, 2020

2 sets of mixed-sire twin calves born on 1 farm…3 weeks apart

2 sets of mixed-sire twin calves born on 1 farm…3 weeks apart

An extraordinary occurrence took place on a farm in Co. Kilkenny in the past three weeks when not one but...

March 5, 2020

Dairy farmers stave off ‘disturbing welfare claims’ made by former TD

Dairy farmers stave off ‘disturbing welfare claims’ made by former TD

Dairy farmers mounted a strong defence of the sector’s animal welfare record after some disturbing accusations were made by a...

December 2, 2019

Optimising calf care and value ‘key to dairy success’

Optimising calf care and value ‘key to dairy success’

Optimising calf care and value are the key focuses of a policy paper that the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) National Dairy...

October 2, 2019

What weight should my replacement heifers be now?

What weight should my replacement heifers be now?

Poor fertility in replacement heifers is often due to them being under target weight by mating start date (MSD); however,...

July 28, 2019

Calf trade: Shippers willing to pay up to €100 for Friesian bull calves at Kilkenny and Bandon

Calf trade: Shippers willing to pay up to €100 for Friesian bull calves at Kilkenny and Bandon

As calving on some dairy farms begins to wind down, the number of Friesian calves presented for sale has reduced...

March 30, 2019

‘Animal welfare comes first’ – says department in lairage row

‘Animal welfare comes first’ – says department in lairage row

In response to requests by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to create more lairage capacity for dairy calves in Cherbourg, France,...

March 19, 2019

Twins with a twist: 2 calves; 2 sires; 2 breeds

Twins with a twist: 2 calves; 2 sires; 2 breeds

Twin calves with a twist were born at 12:00am last night, according to one Tipperary farmer, with black following brown...

March 1, 2019