DAIRY SECTOR

Preparation for spring grass must begin now

Autumn grass is very valuable, and should be kept in the cow’s diet for as long as possible.

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Markets must be grown if organic is to be viable

The first essential for successfully changing to organic dairy farming is that farmers are already efficient non-organic farmers, and that they can grow and manage clover swards successfully.

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Working together to make the most of contract rearing

We are facing into a new era after milk quota abolition.

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Is farming on the edge worthwhile?

In the past, we heard a lot about grazing systems which involves very heavy stocking rates, extremely tight grazing and using very little concentrates.

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Despite major effort fatalities are on increase

Up to 2010, when there was a huge upsurge, farm related fatalities were gradually decreasing. 

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Make sure that you are not a tragic farm accident statistic

According to Teagasc Health and Safety Officer, John McNamara many farm deaths can be prevented. 

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Dairy focus: How to manage drought effect

Despite one of the best years ever for grass production, some areas, most notably light coastal areas in Cork and Waterford, suffered from drought in August.

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Prepare now for tax bills later in the year

Any dairy farmer who had a tax bill last year is likely to have a higher one this year.

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Ger Hennessy, Dairygold Co-op, left, with Eugene Lyons and his son Eugene, Aghabullogue, Co Cork, and some of their British Friesian herd, after they were named winners earlier this year of the Dairygold milk quality awards.

Much work to do on reducing SCC levels

Recent data from the ICBF shows that the average SCC in-herd record from July 30 to August 8 this year was 206,000, which is an improvement in recent years.

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Much work to do on reducing SCC levels

Recent data from the ICBF shows that the average SCC in-herd record from July 30 to August 8 this year was 206,000, which is an improvement in recent years.

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