Spring 2020

Total calf registrations break the 1 million head mark

Total calf registrations break the 1 million head mark

Total calf registrations have hit 1,075,268 head, recent figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) have revealed. In relation...

March 22, 2020

Fertiliser: Now is your chance to grab the bull by the horns and get spreading

Fertiliser: Now is your chance to grab the bull by the horns and get spreading

Determination is key to getting the fertiliser out in these difficult spreading conditions and with some good weather in the...

March 20, 2020

‘Full steam ahead’ for calf exports, despite fears of disruption by Covid-19

‘Full steam ahead’ for calf exports, despite fears of disruption by Covid-19

It is full steam ahead for calf exports this week despite rumors circulating that calf exports could be disrupted due...

March 19, 2020

Some good weather on the horizon might present an opportunity to get out grazing

Some good weather on the horizon might present an opportunity to get out grazing

Unfortunately, the wet weather last week and over the weekend threw another spanner in the works in terms of getting...

March 17, 2020

Dairy calf registrations surpass the 800,000 head mark

Dairy calf registrations surpass the 800,000 head mark

There has been a marked increase in the number of calves registered to dairy cows this year, new figures show....

March 16, 2020

Irish calf exports running 30% behind 2019 levels

Irish calf exports running 30% behind 2019 levels

Calf exports from the Republic of Ireland to other European destinations are running 32% behind 2019 levels, figures for the...

March 11, 2020

Dairy calf registrations storm ahead this year by over 62,000 calves

Dairy calf registrations storm ahead this year by over 62,000 calves

The number of dairy-bred calves born – so far this year – is up by over 62,300 head or by...

March 9, 2020

Dairy advice: Keeping calves healthy; first milk recording; and reaching target weights

Dairy advice: Keeping calves healthy; first milk recording; and reaching target weights

We are coming close to the finish line on many spring-calving dairy farms, as calving season begins to wind down...

March 8, 2020

Why a close eye must be kept on BCS in early lactation

Why a close eye must be kept on BCS in early lactation

Rapid body condition score (BCS) loss post-calving can cause health implications or failure to go back in-calf in the future....

March 2, 2020

Have you ticked all the boxes when it comes to feeding your calves?

Have you ticked all the boxes when it comes to feeding your calves?

Whether this year’s calves will be the future milk producers of your herd or the bull calves will go on into...

February 29, 2020

Livestock marts also to be subject to ‘calf welfare inspections’

Livestock marts also to be subject to ‘calf welfare inspections’

Earlier this week, AgriLand learned that a number of random “calf welfare inspections” are currently being carried out on dairy farms...

February 26, 2020

‘Calf welfare inspections’ underway on dairy farms nationwide

‘Calf welfare inspections’ underway on dairy farms nationwide

A number of random “calf welfare inspections” are currently being carried out on dairy farms across the country by the...

February 25, 2020

Dairy calf registrations surge ahead to over 450,000 head

Dairy calf registrations surge ahead to over 450,000 head

There has been a marked increase in the number of dairy calf registrations this year, new figures show. Just over...

February 23, 2020

What should I do if my milk has been contaminated with antibiotic residues?

What should I do if my milk has been contaminated with antibiotic residues?

Calving is in full swing on spring-calving dairy farms across the country and although the management of the newborn calf...

February 23, 2020

4 simple steps to avoid a scour outbreak as calf numbers grow

4 simple steps to avoid a scour outbreak as calf numbers grow

We are entering the thick of the calving season on dairy farms across the country, and as the number of...

February 21, 2020

How many litres of milk should I be offering my calves per day?

How many litres of milk should I be offering my calves per day?

Many dairy farmers are guilty of underfeeding their calves, whether they realise it or not. This is because farmers have...

February 19, 2020

Farmers forced to fully house, as soils reach saturation point

Farmers forced to fully house, as soils reach saturation point

The heavy and persistent rain last week and over the weekend has resulted in the majority of soils across the...

February 18, 2020

Dairy calf registrations surpass the 300,000 head mark

Dairy calf registrations surpass the 300,000 head mark

The spring-calving season is in full swing on many dairy farms around the country, with farmers progressing nicely through the...

February 16, 2020