Dairy Cows

Ensuring cows have access to clean water

Ensuring cows have access to clean water

Having fresh, clean water for cows to drink is a key part of producing high-quality milk on Irish dairy farms....

May 23, 2022

‘Cows.ie’ to host on-farm sale of ‘unique’ dairy heifers

‘Cows.ie’ to host on-farm sale of ‘unique’ dairy heifers

The well-known farm based in Co. Westmeath belonging to David Clarke and more commonly known as ‘the Cows.ie farm’ is...

October 29, 2021

Video: Cashel Mart unveils new dairy-cow sale method

Video: Cashel Mart unveils new dairy-cow sale method

Cashel Mart in Co. Tipperary is set to host a ‘virtual sale’ of Elite Economic Breeding Index (EBI) weanling and...

August 21, 2021

Methane-busting potential of selective breeding outlined in new study

Methane-busting potential of selective breeding outlined in new study

Selective breeding can reduce the methane intensity of dairy cows by up to 24% by 2050 through establishing an economic...

July 23, 2021

New study examines cutting bovine methane through breeding

New study examines cutting bovine methane through breeding

Adding a negative economic value for methane could facilitate a substantial reduction in methane emissions while maintaining an increase in...

May 20, 2021

Hitting BCS targets crucial over the dry period to eliminate problems at calving

Hitting BCS targets crucial over the dry period to eliminate problems at calving

With many farms drying off cows at present, consideration should be given to the body condition of the herd. With...

November 30, 2020

The importance of giving cows a sufficient dry period

The importance of giving cows a sufficient dry period

At this stage, a proportion of cows in spring-calving dairy herds have been dried off or at least they should...

November 23, 2020

The importance of good hygiene during the housing period

The importance of good hygiene during the housing period

Good hygiene over the housing period is of the utmost importance to reduce the risk of cows contracting mastitis infections....

November 22, 2020

Dairy management: Time to get winter ready and get that cubicle house in order

Dairy management: Time to get winter ready and get that cubicle house in order

When it comes to getting winter ready, thoughts should turn to getting the cubicle shed in order. There has been...

October 12, 2020

Do you know how much water your cows will drink during warm weather?

Do you know how much water your cows will drink during warm weather?

The warm weather over the past week or so, which has seen temperatures rise above 20º, has put considerable pressure...

June 1, 2020

Map: 2019 county-by-county dairy cow numbers

Map: 2019 county-by-county dairy cow numbers

In 2015, quotas were abolished and the expansion period began in Ireland for dairy. Since then, the national dairy cow...

November 1, 2019

‘Just under’ 10c/L net margin for 2018 milk – official report

‘Just under’ 10c/L net margin for 2018 milk – official report

It has been said in an official report that the net margin per litre of milk produced decreased by 34%...

May 14, 2019

Dairy farm jobs rise by 41% over 6-year period

Dairy farm jobs rise by 41% over 6-year period

The number of people employed on dairy farms in Ireland increased by approximately 41% over a six-year period, according to figures...

July 8, 2018

Maps: ICBF releases county-by-county breakdown of dairy cow population

Maps: ICBF releases county-by-county breakdown of dairy cow population

The national dairy cow population has seen a hefty increase in recent years, according to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation...

May 2, 2018

6,600 NZ dairy cows en route to China aboard world’s largest livestock carrier

6,600 NZ dairy cows en route to China aboard world’s largest livestock carrier

Around 6,600 dairy cows from New Zealand are currently en route to China aboard the world’s largest livestock carrier, the Ocean...

July 31, 2017

Holstein cow with an EBI of €342 the ‘top’ dairy cow in the country

Holstein cow with an EBI of €342 the ‘top’ dairy cow in the country

The latest figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation has identified the top 2,000 Economic Breeding Index cows in the...

February 2, 2017

Over 63% of dairy cows sired by AI bulls – ICBF

Over 63% of dairy cows sired by AI bulls – ICBF

Some 63.4% the cows in Irish dairy herds are sired by AI bulls, according to the latest Irish Cattle Breeding...

November 18, 2016

‘Drying off can play a significant role in farm profitability’

‘Drying off can play a significant role in farm profitability’

Drying off can be one of the most critical times of year when it comes to reducing on-farm somatic cell...

November 16, 2016