Spring 2021

Supplementing grass to improve milk solids yield

Supplementing grass to improve milk solids yield

A recent Teagasc report stated that spring-calving cows should be on a rising plane of feed intake and milk solids...

March 22, 2021

Could crypto be the cause of your scour issue?

Could crypto be the cause of your scour issue?

Cryptosporidiosis or ‘crypto’ is the leading cause of scour in young calves and its prevalence is becoming more and more...

March 22, 2021

Have you considered turning out some older calves to grass?

Have you considered turning out some older calves to grass?

With milder conditions in store for this week, farmers should consider turning out some older calves to grass. Early turnout...

March 20, 2021

Benefits of early turnout for replacement heifers

Benefits of early turnout for replacement heifers

Achieving target weights is important for replacement heifers. Those that fail to reach target before breeding and calving will produce...

March 19, 2021

Calf registrations approach one million mark

Calf registrations approach one million mark

As St. Patricks day approaches, so does the one million mark for calf registrations. Currently calf registrations are 44,166 ahead of...

March 16, 2021

Don’t waste fertiliser due to incorrect spreader set-up

Don’t waste fertiliser due to incorrect spreader set-up

Start the spreading season off on a high with the correct set-up of your fertiliser spreader. Although the current wet...

March 15, 2021

How to prevent coccidiosis in calves

How to prevent coccidiosis in calves

Coccidiosis occurs in calves from the approximate age of three weeks onwards. It arises in young calves who have an...

March 15, 2021

Calls for milk processors to subsidise and support calf exports

Calls for milk processors to subsidise and support calf exports

Additional reporting by Michael Carey Dairy calf exports have fallen significantly behind this year in comparison to the same period...

March 10, 2021

Calf exports running 22% ahead of last year

Calf exports running 22% ahead of last year

Dairy calf exports are significantly ahead this year in comparison to the same period last year, according to the latest...

March 5, 2021

Delayed turnout means grazing target of 30% has not been reached

Delayed turnout means grazing target of 30% has not been reached

The severe weather seen in the early part of February means the vast majority of farmers did not manage to...

March 2, 2021

Spring grazing: The 3 main aims

Spring grazing: The 3 main aims

On a recent Teagasc webinar, Donal Patton, a dairy research technologist, based in Teagasc Ballyhaise, outlined the practicalities of spring...

March 1, 2021

Managing weanlings and cows until turnout to grass

Managing weanlings and cows until turnout to grass

The recent heavy rainfalls during the month of February has left land that more challenging for farmers to start grazing...

March 1, 2021

The safety of children on farms should be at the forefront of farmers’ minds

The safety of children on farms should be at the forefront of farmers’ minds

The spring-calving season is well under way on farms across the country with over half a million calves already being...

February 28, 2021

Don’t forget to monitor BSC post calving

Don’t forget to monitor BSC post calving

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

February 27, 2021

How to ensure you are giving replacement heifers the best start

How to ensure you are giving replacement heifers the best start

This year’s calves will be your future milk producers of your herd; so it is paramount that heifers get the...

February 27, 2021

Are you feeding calves enough milk to obtain maximum growth rates?

Are you feeding calves enough milk to obtain maximum growth rates?

During a recent Volac webinar on the dairy heifer – from conception to weaning – it was outlined the importance...

February 26, 2021

Opportunities and challenges facing spring grazing

Opportunities and challenges facing spring grazing

For Irish dairy farmers, grazing grass represents our greatest advantage in livestock and milk production. It costs three to four...

February 25, 2021

Calf births surpass the half a million mark

Calf births surpass the half a million mark

As calf sheds begin to fill and in-calf cow numbers begin to reduce on many farms across the country, we...

February 24, 2021