DAIRY SECTOR

Good time for quality silage

The results for over 1,400 grass silage samples sent to Dairygold Co-op for analysis show very little difference in the average DMD (feeding value) of silage made in 2014 versus 2013 (69.4 versus 69.1).

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Seven CalfCare events designed to answer all concerns

Animal Health Ireland and Teagasc, in conjunction with Glanbia, Kerry Agri Business and Aurivo and supported by Volac, will deliver seven CalfCare events in January.

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Milk recording shows which cows pay their way

If you make just one new year’s resolution, make it milk recording.

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Dairy farmers paying €400 or more for handy bull calves, to offload surplus milk

The dry cow trade in the marts at the moment is flying high.

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Farmers under pressure to cope with rising costs

Most costs on dairy farms have risen rapidly in recent years.

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Super levy is a serious concerm for some farmers

Understandably, there is some doom and gloom in farming circles at present, due to the disappointing prices for cattle, and the minimum progress to rectify that situation.

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Farming out of sync with fall in greenhouse gas

There is little conflict between good farming and care of the environment. Many farmers have saved money on fertilisers without any loss of production, while better protecting the environment.

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First 18 graduate with professional diploma in dairy herd management

The first graduates of the professional diploma in dairy-herd management course were presented with their diplomas by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney at Teagasc Moorepark, last week.

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900 potential new entrants, 200 to re-enter

About 50% of existing Irish dairy farmers plan to increase milk production by 10-20%, and another 20% plan to increase by 20-50%, said Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle, at the recent National Dairy Conference in Dublin.

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No futures solution yet in dairy slump

It will be 18 months or so before dairy futures markets become relevant and of value to Irish farmers, say co-ops representatives, responding to media reports that Irish milk processors ignored offers to lock in milk prices at 39c/l for two years.

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