Dairy Farming

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

‘Flawed’ dairy report ‘doesn’t include cost of farmer labour or land’

‘Flawed’ dairy report ‘doesn’t include cost of farmer labour or land’

An analysis published by Teagasc and CIT claiming Irish dairy farmers are the most profitable in Europe is “flawed” in...

November 12, 2020

ICMSA reveals appointment of new policy officer

ICMSA reveals appointment of new policy officer

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) has announced the appointment of Méabh Dore to its staff. The incoming appointee...

September 28, 2020

From grass to glass: Selling bottled milk from a vending machine…on the farm

From grass to glass: Selling bottled milk from a vending machine…on the farm

William and Alison Chestnutt have seen a “phenomenal demand” for their milk, as they launched a milk vending machine on...

July 31, 2020

Dairy drive: East and midlands lead the way on herd size, investment…and debt

Dairy drive: East and midlands lead the way on herd size, investment…and debt

The east and midlands region of Ireland is continuing to lead the ‘dairy drive’, where more recent dairy expansion has been...

July 3, 2020

Liquid milk supplies rise but farmer numbers drop in 2019

Liquid milk supplies rise but farmer numbers drop in 2019

While last year saw an overall increase in the amount of milk supplied from winter milkers and year-round dairy farms,...

July 2, 2020

NDC launches campaign celebrating resilience of Irish dairy farming

NDC launches campaign celebrating resilience of Irish dairy farming

A new TV campaign has been launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) to highlight the positive credentials of the...

April 8, 2020

Young dairy farmer set to lose 14ac to new N5 route in Co. Roscommon

Young dairy farmer set to lose 14ac to new N5 route in Co. Roscommon

Cathal McHugh is a 26-year-old farmer in Co. Roscommon who is in a farm partnership with his father Des. In...

June 18, 2019

Dairy farmers ‘disappointed to see milk price below Ornua PPI’

Dairy farmers ‘disappointed to see milk price below Ornua PPI’

Farmers were very disappointed to see a cut in their first big milk cheque of the year when markets would...

March 21, 2019

Analysis: Dairy farm income stability tools

Analysis: Dairy farm income stability tools

An 89-page report titled: ‘An evaluation of suitable tools to manage price/income volatility at dairy farm level in Ireland’ was...

October 11, 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

Farm focus: Milking 355 cows in the midlands

Farm focus: Milking 355 cows in the midlands

The past presidents of Macra na Feirme, Michael and Catherine Gowing, run a spring-calving dairy enterprise in Scorduff, Co. Offaly. Hailing...

June 26, 2017

Grass advice: Managing grass quality while the sun shines

Grass advice: Managing grass quality while the sun shines

With the sun on your back – and on the cows’ – dairy farming has to be one of the...

June 20, 2017

The 40-year journey: How one farmer progressed from manager to owner

The 40-year journey: How one farmer progressed from manager to owner

Farming on the outskirts of Mallow, Co. Cork, John Fitzgerald mapped his transition from farm manager to owner at a...

June 18, 2017

Revealed: The ups and downs of entering dairying

Revealed: The ups and downs of entering dairying

There are many upsides to entering milk production in a post-quota Ireland. The milk price is good, meaning that a...

June 17, 2017

‘Co-ops paying less than 23c/L for milk are underpaying their farmer suppliers’

‘Co-ops paying less than 23c/L for milk are underpaying their farmer suppliers’

Co-ops paying less than 23c/L of milk are “demonstrably underpaying” their farmer-suppliers, according to the ICMSA’s Gerald Quain. Against a...

July 14, 2016

Is there a future for the 70-cow dairy herd in Ireland?

Is there a future for the 70-cow dairy herd in Ireland?

The 70-cow dairy herd will be below average, in terms of numbers in 10 years, but can it survive and...

July 8, 2016