DAIRY SECTOR

Cutbacks on fertiliser have gone too far

For several years, concerns have been expressed about the reduction in use of fertiliser and lime.

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Dairy AI usage not increasing as it should

One of the biggest mistakes being made on farms is cutting costs in essential areas, unfortunately often done due to financial pressure.

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Sizeable gap in profit margins, figures show

The milk price in 2013 averaged 40c in profit monitor results compiled by Teagasc.

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Priority must be to minimise drops in yields

Achieving high peak milk yields in April or May is a very important aspect of achieving high milk yields; this is well recognised by farmers.

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Minister Coveney Launches FETAC/QQI Certified Best Practice in Milking Course. Pictured Left to Right Back Row: Mike Magan, Chairman of AHI, Peter Byrne, CEO of FRS Network and Tom O'Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer of Teagasc.

Course gets to grips with best milking practice

Funding for a new milking skills training course has been announced by the Department of Agriculture.

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Digestible grass good for protein

Grazing limits
Teagasc research conducted across 40 client farms has demonstrated that high grass digestibility and reduced grass fibre content are the most important nutritional factors for achieving high milk protein during mid-season.

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Teat disinfection kills infections and can raise profits

Mastitis reduces milk yield and leads to poor-quality milk. Together, these factors erode the milk income received by farmers and processors.

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Expansion business plans questioned

The dairy expansion train has already left the station, as evidenced by the increase in dairy cow and replacement heifer numbers over the last three years, said Teagasc dairy systems economics researcher Laurence Shalloo, at a recent Teagasc seminar on Financial Planning for Expansion.

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Farmers slow to embrace benefits of clover

The beneficial effects of including clover in pastures have been well proved in the last few decades. Despite this, farmers are slow to accept these benefits.

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Broken weather leads to silage harvesting difficulties

A lot of very good silage was made in May but towards the end of the month, and in early June, the weather made it very difficult for silage harvesting in most areas.

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