DAIRY SECTOR

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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Correct conditioning required to maintain effective fertility

The following problems are associated with cows that are too fat during the dry period.

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Close attention to dry cow period is key to success

Researchers and successful dairy farmers now regard the nutrition and management of dry cows more important — and more difficult — than milking cows.

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Dry cow mastitis treatment still vital procedure

The drying off procedure for cows is vitally important in lowering SCC levels during the dry period.

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Volatility: high cost struggle

What is the best strategy to cope with milk price volatility?

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ICBF finds great variation in SCC counts

Recent information from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) showed that the average somatic cell count (SCC) of all cows recorded in the first 10 days of October this year was 215,000 (206,000 last year).

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