DAIRY SECTOR

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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Working together to make the most of contract rearing

We are facing into a new era after milk quota abolition.

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Is farming on the edge worthwhile?

In the past, we heard a lot about grazing systems which involves very heavy stocking rates, extremely tight grazing and using very little concentrates.

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Despite major effort fatalities are on increase

Up to 2010, when there was a huge upsurge, farm related fatalities were gradually decreasing. 

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Make sure that you are not a tragic farm accident statistic

According to Teagasc Health and Safety Officer, John McNamara many farm deaths can be prevented. 

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Dairy focus: How to manage drought effect

Despite one of the best years ever for grass production, some areas, most notably light coastal areas in Cork and Waterford, suffered from drought in August.

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Prepare now for tax bills later in the year

Any dairy farmer who had a tax bill last year is likely to have a higher one this year.

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