Calving

Calving at 24 months for optimum economic and lifetime performance

Calving at 24 months for optimum economic and lifetime performance

In order to maintain dairy herd size and performance, it is necessary to have a good supply of quality heifers...

February 22, 2021

Managing cows and fertility this spring in suckler herds

Managing cows and fertility this spring in suckler herds

With calving on a lot of suckler farmers’ minds in the coming weeks, it is important not to forget the...

January 23, 2021

Calving Assist: From YouTube to production…in 4 days

Calving Assist: From YouTube to production…in 4 days

The inventor of the Calving Assist – a device to aid dairy farmers in helping cows to calve – has...

January 21, 2021

Video: Back injury inspires dairy farmer to invent calving assist

Video: Back injury inspires dairy farmer to invent calving assist

A dairy farmer from Co. Tipperary has invented a calving aid for farmers called the Calving Assist. Jim Ryan, from...

January 18, 2021

When to end the breeding season on spring-calving dairy farms

When to end the breeding season on spring-calving dairy farms

The primary reason for shortening the breeding season is to tighten up the following calving season. This is to increase...

January 11, 2021

Tables: ICBF updates beef and dairy gestation length figures

Tables: ICBF updates beef and dairy gestation length figures

The ICBF has updated its gestation length figures for both the major dairy and beef breeds based on insemination and...

December 4, 2020

The importance of getting ventilation right this spring

The importance of getting ventilation right this spring

With the lambing and calving season underway, it is important farmers keep in mind the importance of good ventilation in...

March 15, 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

Clare cow gives birth to twin calves…of different breeds

Clare cow gives birth to twin calves…of different breeds

A dairy farmer in Co. Clare has expressed his surprise after one of his cows delivered twin calves – fathered...

February 19, 2020

How to test the quality of colostrum and top tips on stomach tubing a calf

How to test the quality of colostrum and top tips on stomach tubing a calf

How to test the quality of colostrum using a Brix Refractometer and top tips on stomach tubing a calf colostrum.

February 11, 2020

Co. Kerry farmer gets 3 calves for the price of 1

Co. Kerry farmer gets 3 calves for the price of 1

A Co. Kerry farmer got an unexpected surprise over the weekend when he ventured out early Saturday morning to check...

February 10, 2020

Reminder: Calf investment scheme closes tomorrow

Reminder: Calf investment scheme closes tomorrow

It is the last chance to apply for the new €1.5 million financial support scheme for calf rearing – which...

January 27, 2020

Why colostrum is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime

Why colostrum is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime

Colostrum, otherwise known as ‘beestings’, is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime – as...

January 23, 2020

The key aspects of a good calf shed

The key aspects of a good calf shed

With not long left until the spring-calving season is in full swing, it is paramount that your calf-housing facilities are...

January 22, 2020

Is this the best Christmas present for a dairy farmer?

Is this the best Christmas present for a dairy farmer?

Having all the necessary equipment to make calving a success does not stop at having a good calving shed, attendees...

October 28, 2019

4 calves survive quintuplet birth in Kerry

4 calves survive quintuplet birth in Kerry

Four bull calves were born – and survived – to one cow, while a fifth bull calf died, in an...

September 3, 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

Double trouble: Twin calves born…of different breeds

Double trouble: Twin calves born…of different breeds

A farmer in Co. Cavan got a bit of a surprise in recent days when his cow had twin calves...

February 20, 2019