Grass

Dairy farms: Jobs to tick off the May to-do list

Dairy farms: Jobs to tick off the May to-do list

May is a busy month on most dairy farms, with the breeding season in full swing and many farmers planning to harvest...

May 16, 2022

Grass growth: Farms move into a surplus

Grass growth: Farms move into a surplus

The presence of long days, moisture and warm weather has resulted in grass growth rates taking off on farms in...

May 13, 2022

Grass growth: Turns the corners as growth takes off

Grass growth: Turns the corners as growth takes off

We are now in May and it appears that grass growth has finally gotten the boost that it needed, and...

May 6, 2022

FCI wants silage support scheme funds for contractors

FCI wants silage support scheme funds for contractors

The Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) has welcomed the proposed €100/ha silage-making grant announced by the...

May 3, 2022

Machinery Focus: Clover-rich swards usher in the belt rake

Machinery Focus: Clover-rich swards usher in the belt rake

Silage production in Ireland has always centred on grass, but should other plant species, such as clover, be more regularly...

April 30, 2022

First showing for flagship JCB handler at Scotgrass 2022

First showing for flagship JCB handler at Scotgrass 2022

JCB has reserved the first outing of its latest telescopic handler, the TM420S, for Scotgrass which is to be held...

April 27, 2022

Pottinger launches new belt-type rake for grassland range

Pottinger launches new belt-type rake for grassland range

Grassland specialist Pottinger has added yet another new product to its grassland range – the new MERGENTO VT 9220 belt-type...

April 20, 2022

Managing covers as second rotation begins on farms

Managing covers as second rotation begins on farms

The second rotation has begun on a number of farms, but slow grass growth rates remain an issue on many...

April 14, 2022

Grass is Ireland’s most important crop – ICMSA

Grass is Ireland’s most important crop – ICMSA

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) has emphasised that grass is the most important crop grown in Ireland. The...

April 11, 2022

Clover walks: Cost of grass increased by 80%, but remains cheapest feed

Clover walks: Cost of grass increased by 80%, but remains cheapest feed

The Teagasc clover walks got underway today (Tuesday, April 5) and Kevin Moran who farms near Tuam in Co. Galway...

April 5, 2022

Turning out older calves as the weather improves

Turning out older calves as the weather improves

As the weather begins to improve, farmers can start to consider turning out some of their older calves to grass....

April 1, 2022

Spring-grazing resumes on some dairy farms

Spring-grazing resumes on some dairy farms

Heavy rain in recent weeks disrupted spring-grazing on most farms, but drier weather has seen cows return to grass on...

March 3, 2022

Getting cows out to grass this spring

Getting cows out to grass this spring

The weather in January and early February has been quite good, with many farmers able to get cows out to...

February 9, 2022

Developing effective grassland management systems for sheep

Developing effective grassland management systems for sheep

Developing effective grassland management systems for sheep was the theme recently addressed by Dr. Phil Creighton, during his presentation to...

February 8, 2022

Could you identify perennial ryegrass within a sward?

Could you identify perennial ryegrass within a sward?

A leading grassland expert has suggested that significant numbers of sheep and other livestock farmers cannot identify perennial ryegrass and...

February 7, 2022

AFBI and Barenbrug mark three decades of cooperation

AFBI and Barenbrug mark three decades of cooperation

Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Barenbrug are marking a 30-year partnership, one that has seen the development...

December 21, 2021

Ballyvoy and Dundrod – two new perennial ryegrass varieties from AFBI

Ballyvoy and Dundrod – two new perennial ryegrass varieties from AFBI

Two new, Agri-Food and Biosciences’ Institute (AFBI) grass varieties – Ballyvoy and Dundrod – are about to be released on to the...

December 7, 2021

Using clover to mitigate soaring input costs

Using clover to mitigate soaring input costs

The use of clover looks like it is going to become increasingly more important on Irish farms as input costs...

November 18, 2021