DAIRY SECTOR

Planning for expansion after milk quotas go

Dairy herd sizes are increasing, as are average milk yields on many farms, so further investment is being considered by many to cope with expansion plans after milk quotas are abolished in April 2015.

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Reproductive performance not black and white

It is not possible to have a good herd reproductive performance without good heat detection — and good heat detection is not possible without aids.

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Existing dairy farmers need more support

Discussions of and advice on dairy farm expansions and start-ups have become much more realistic and conservative over the past year.

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Dairy herd size will grow and will be demanding

Dairy herd size has been static over the last 10 years, but is likely to grow rapidly after quota abolition.

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Reseeding is essential for healthy sward

On average, only about 2.5% of good grassland is reseeded annually; it should be at least four times this level (10%), to bring our national grass production up to what is required for reaching the 2020 targets for dairy and beef production.

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One cow saved pays for years of tetany prevention

The biggest danger period for grass tetany (magnesium deficiency) is from turn out to mid-May, especially when meals containing adequate magnesium are withdrawn.

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At the launch of the Emerald Expo 2014 dairy show, Charles Gallagher, CEO, Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA); Tim O'Leary, Deputy President, IFA; Richard Whelan, Chairman, IHFA; and Cathal McCormack, Alltech Ltd, Dunboyne, the major show sponsor.

Changes allow scope to tackle low soil fertility

Changes to the nitrates regulations have resulted in significant increases in the rates of phosphorus (P) fertiliser that can be used on grassland.

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Weather defines your options for spreading slurry

How many farmers have a map of their farm showing the nutrient levels of different areas? There are very few.

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Over 50% of our cows now milk recorded

There has been a 35% increase in milk recording since 2005, the largest annual increase — of 10% — occurring in 2011.

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Over 50% of our cows now milk recorded

There has been a 35% increase in milk recording since 2005, the largest annual increase — of 10% — occurring in 2011.

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