Calving

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

What makes a good calf ration?

What makes a good calf ration?

With calving commenced on many farms in recent weeks, the importance of correctly feeding the newborn calf cannot be underestimated....

February 2, 2019

Milk replacer: What should I be looking for on the label?

Milk replacer: What should I be looking for on the label?

With each day that passes, the calving season on dairy farms gets busier and busier. Many farmers may find feeding milk...

February 2, 2019

Calf care event in Portlaoise to cover nutrition, health and grass

Calf care event in Portlaoise to cover nutrition, health and grass

As the spring-calving season begins farmers will be busy planning ahead. A calf rearing seminar this Wednesday (January 30) is...

January 29, 2019

Observation key when it comes to calving suckler cows and heifers

Observation key when it comes to calving suckler cows and heifers

Calving is starting to kick into gear on suckler farms across the country. The number of calves registered to beef cows...

January 27, 2019

Why is colostrum so important for the newborn calf?

Why is colostrum so important for the newborn calf?

Colostrum, also known as beestings, is the first and most important line of defence for a newborn calf. It’s crucial...

January 26, 2019

How can I reduce the heavy workload in spring on my dairy farm?

How can I reduce the heavy workload in spring on my dairy farm?

With the expanding dairy herd, the labour associated with calving a large number of cows over a short period of...

January 13, 2019

Creed: Farmer safety is paramount as calving season approaches

Creed: Farmer safety is paramount as calving season approaches

As the busy calving season approaches for the dairy sector, farmers are reminded to prioritise their health and safety by...

January 9, 2019

Nutrition: 75-80% of the total calf weight is gained in the last 3 months of pregnancy

Nutrition: 75-80% of the total calf weight is gained in the last 3 months of pregnancy

Spring-calving suckler cows and heifers are now in mid-to-late pregnancy and it’s extremely important that measures are put in place...

December 31, 2018

Farmers must scrutinise the role late-calving cows play on their farms

Farmers must scrutinise the role late-calving cows play on their farms

Profitable grass-based, spring-calving dairy production systems revolve around matching calving date to grass growth in order to maximise the quantity...

July 9, 2018

Calving heifers at 24 months: What’s the big deal?

Calving heifers at 24 months: What’s the big deal?

Calving heifers at 24 months has raised some concerns among farmers in the past. There are many factors which deter...

June 30, 2018

Pics: Farmer modifies bra to help calf suckle

Pics: Farmer modifies bra to help calf suckle

A Scottish farmer was forced to modify a bra and fit it to a cow in order to help a...

May 11, 2018

How do I get my replacement heifers back on track to calve at 24 months?

How do I get my replacement heifers back on track to calve at 24 months?

Calving heifers at 24 months has raised some concerns among farmers in the past. There are many factors which deter...

April 22, 2018

Meet the 1 in 11 million calves from Co. Down

Meet the 1 in 11 million calves from Co. Down

One Co. Down farmer had the surprise of his life last Thursday night when his heifer gave birth to four...

March 16, 2018