DAIRY SECTOR

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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Research finds that farmers are using 25% more N fertiliser than required

Research work by James Humphreys and colleagues in the late nineties indicate that 200 to 220 units of N per acre are sufficient to support 1 cow per acre without clover.

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Farmers need to reconsider their view on practice of soil testing

Soil testing is the most cost effective tool to optimise the use of fertiliser and slurry and farm production.

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Soil testing neglected practice by Irish farmers

Soil testing is the most cost effective tool to optimise the use of fertiliser and slurry and farm production. 

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Sell some stock if winter housing is deficient

The winter housing period is fast approaching and every farmer should carry out a farmyard assessment now.

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Price critical for profitability of cull fattening

A lot of cows have been culled this year, due to fairly good prices and with the pressure of quota, many farmers are likely to use the opportunity to get rid of problem cows this autumn.

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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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