Dairy Expansion

McConalogue gives little away on topic of capping herds amid dairy expansion question

McConalogue gives little away on topic of capping herds amid dairy expansion question

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue gave little away when the subject of capping herds was mentioned...

January 29, 2021

Minister on dairy expansion: Ag Climatise ‘based on premise of stable herd’

Minister on dairy expansion: Ag Climatise ‘based on premise of stable herd’

The climate action roadmap for the Irish agricultural sector, Ag Climatise, is based on “the premise of a stable herd”,...

January 28, 2021

Dr. Mitloehner issues warning on increasing herd sizes

Dr. Mitloehner issues warning on increasing herd sizes

While there is not necessarily a need to cut herd sizes for the purpose of climate change mitigation, increasing numbers...

January 21, 2020

Dairy conference: Debt levels being diluted by efficiency gains on farm

Dairy conference: Debt levels being diluted by efficiency gains on farm

Since the expansion period began in Ireland for dairy, many people are concerned that too much debt is being put...

December 5, 2019

‘Can’t sit on our hands’: Glanbia chairman on price and expansion

‘Can’t sit on our hands’: Glanbia chairman on price and expansion

“Every dairy farmer should be able to choose his or her own direction – however, we do not have the...

November 20, 2019

What is the answer to the impending calf tsunami due in spring 2020?

What is the answer to the impending calf tsunami due in spring 2020?

As the tsunami of dairy calves grows nearer, and with Teagasc placing no value on the dairy bull calf, is...

October 26, 2019

Glanbia milk supply growth expected to be 8.5% in 2019

Glanbia milk supply growth expected to be 8.5% in 2019

Glanbia Ireland’s milk supply growth in 2019 is expected to be 8.5%, amid continued growth, with the company making investments...

October 23, 2019

‘Dairy renaissance’: Dairygold ambitions to ‘continue to grow’

‘Dairy renaissance’: Dairygold ambitions to ‘continue to grow’

Following a “satisfactory” performance in 2018, which saw the co-op generate revenue of €993 million and earnings of €48.6 million,...

April 11, 2019

350,000 extra dairy cows: Ireland’s current calf conundrum

350,000 extra dairy cows: Ireland’s current calf conundrum

Ireland has an extra 350,000 more dairy cows in the country now compared to five years ago, with additional calves...

March 4, 2019

Dairy focus: French flair, growing numbers and making money from bull calves

Dairy focus: French flair, growing numbers and making money from bull calves

Brockna Dairies, owned by the Hanbidge family from Co. Wicklow, played host to farmers from all corners of the country for...

July 29, 2018

Buildings focus: Starting out with a second-hand, 14-unit parlour in Co. Laois

Buildings focus: Starting out with a second-hand, 14-unit parlour in Co. Laois

Farming 140ac in Vicarstown, Co. Laois, Eoghan Miller is a new-entrant dairy farmer. Originally Eoghan – who is married to...

July 2, 2018

Northern Irish Lakeland suppliers optimistic for future growth

Northern Irish Lakeland suppliers optimistic for future growth

Lakeland Dairies’ milk suppliers in Northern Ireland are confident for their future in dairying, according to the results of the...

June 22, 2018

Dairy focus: Friesians deliver the goods 900ft above sea level

Dairy focus: Friesians deliver the goods 900ft above sea level

Located in Kilmoganny, Co. Kilkenny, Bryan and Gail Daniels milk a herd of 300 Friesian cows under a grass-based production...

May 29, 2018

Dairy focus: Buying a farm and growing to 280 cows in Co. Offaly

Dairy focus: Buying a farm and growing to 280 cows in Co. Offaly

Farming just outside, Birr, Co. Offaly, John and Sylvia Powell run a dairy enterprise consisting of 280 crossbred cows. The...

May 22, 2018

Are you considering dairy farming?

Are you considering dairy farming?

By Seamus Nolan, dairy advisor, Teagasc Castlerea Since the removal of milk quotas in 2015, there has been increased interest...

March 16, 2018

Growing a 400-cow unit with work/life balance in mind

Growing a 400-cow unit with work/life balance in mind

Padraig and Ena Collins, along with their three children, are in the midst of growing their dairy business to 400...

January 17, 2018

Farmers’ experiences: 3 very different routes of entering dairy farming

Farmers’ experiences: 3 very different routes of entering dairy farming

The face of the Irish dairy industry has changed; the loosening of milk-quota shackles in 2015 gave many farmers the...

January 15, 2018

Dairy focus: Expecting 120 cows to calve in 21 days in Co. Laois

Dairy focus: Expecting 120 cows to calve in 21 days in Co. Laois

The Ging family has been farming in Straboe, Co. Laois, for generations. Now under the stewardship of Bernard Ging, and...

January 8, 2018