DAIRY SECTOR

Big surge in reseeding is expected

On average, only about 2.5% of potentially good grassland is reseeded annually.

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Supports must be given to those most in need

When I was invited to attend the launch of the latest programme, I was delighted, because it took place on the kind of family farm I have always advocated, and it was being led from the Dairygold side by Jim Woulfe, who has always been a supporter of this kind of co-operation.

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€1m project to help expansion after quotas

Dairygold Co-op has again joined with Teagasc and is investing €1m in a programme to help its milk suppliers achieve profitable and sustainable expansion in the post-quota era.

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Cutbacks on fertiliser have gone too far

For several years, concerns have been expressed about the reduction in use of fertiliser and lime.

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Dairy AI usage not increasing as it should

One of the biggest mistakes being made on farms is cutting costs in essential areas, unfortunately often done due to financial pressure.

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Sizeable gap in profit margins, figures show

The milk price in 2013 averaged 40c in profit monitor results compiled by Teagasc.

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Priority must be to minimise drops in yields

Achieving high peak milk yields in April or May is a very important aspect of achieving high milk yields; this is well recognised by farmers.

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Minister Coveney Launches FETAC/QQI Certified Best Practice in Milking Course. Pictured Left to Right Back Row: Mike Magan, Chairman of AHI, Peter Byrne, CEO of FRS Network and Tom O'Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer of Teagasc.

Course gets to grips with best milking practice

Funding for a new milking skills training course has been announced by the Department of Agriculture.

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Digestible grass good for protein

Grazing limits
Teagasc research conducted across 40 client farms has demonstrated that high grass digestibility and reduced grass fibre content are the most important nutritional factors for achieving high milk protein during mid-season.

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Teat disinfection kills infections and can raise profits

Mastitis reduces milk yield and leads to poor-quality milk. Together, these factors erode the milk income received by farmers and processors.

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