Dairy Technical

20 years on: How successful has the introduction of EBI been?

20 years on: How successful has the introduction of EBI been?

The economic breeding Index (EBI), launched in 2001, it was developed as a way for Irish dairy farmers to determine...

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It’s time to shift focus to second-cut silage

It’s time to shift focus to second-cut silage

The focus on many farms for the last number of weeks was to get first-cut silage cut and into pits,...

6月15日2021

Parasite-control programme required to reduce APR

Parasite-control programme required to reduce APR

During the recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar, which focused on antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance in farm animals, Orla Keane, a...

June 14, 2021

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300-1,500kg DDM/ha,...

June 13, 2021

Have you considered sowing a fodder crop?

Have you considered sowing a fodder crop?

With the expansion of the national dairy herd in recent years, many farms have become short on housing, with many...

June 12, 2021

Grazing infrastructure: Does your water system need upgrading?

Grazing infrastructure: Does your water system need upgrading?

A good water system is needed on all farming enterprises, but particularly on dairy farms. It can be hugely important...

June 12, 2021

Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

While spring-calving herds are mid-way through their milk production season, most autumn-calving herds are approaching the end of theirs. Cows...

June 12, 2021

Dalevalley sky-high protein sale achieves top price of 10,500gns

Dalevalley sky-high protein sale achieves top price of 10,500gns

Last Wednesday (June 9), Carnaross Mart hosted the Dalevalley sky-high protein dairy sale, for Roy and Heather Cromie, with 27...

June 11, 2021

Number of herds milk recording continues to increase

Number of herds milk recording continues to increase

Milk recording has become an increasingly important management tool used on Irish dairy farms. Yet 2020 saw what can only...

June 10, 2021

Calf registrations edge closer to two million

Calf registrations edge closer to two million

The beginning of June usually sees a reduction in the number of calf registrations. But still, more than one-quarter of...

June 9, 2021

你今年打算再播吗?

你今年打算再播吗?

Reseeding is a considerable investment to undertake at €200-300/ac, so it is worth making sure that it is done correctly....

June 8, 2021

Breeding 2021: What is happening on the ground?

Breeding 2021: What is happening on the ground?

The weather seems to have finally improved, with growth rates finally beginning to reach the levels that are expected for...

June 8, 2021

Mid-season checks: Do your liners need to be changed?

Mid-season checks: Do your liners need to be changed?

Liners are one of the most important parts of the milking machine/parlour, they are the only part of the parlour...

June 7, 2021

Bovine tuberculosis  eradication: how genetics can be part of the solution

Bovine tuberculosis eradication: how genetics can be part of the solution

What seems like a never ending battle with bovine tuberculosis (TB) has lead many to believe that aspirations of eradicating...

June 7, 2021

Monitoring live-weight of dairy heifers

Monitoring live-weight of dairy heifers

It is important to establish and monitor live-weight of young stock; weighing should be carried out every two months and...

June 6, 2021

Total bacterial count: Don’t forget about the milk in the bulk tank

Total bacterial count: Don’t forget about the milk in the bulk tank

June is a busy month on farms – with the breeding season under-way and most farmers planning on finishing their...

June 5, 2021

Before introducing your bull, should you consider beef AI

Before introducing your bull, should you consider beef AI

Before you consider finishing with artificial insemination (AI), it is important to determine how many cows may not yet be...

June 5, 2021

Maintaining grass quality during peak milk production

Maintaining grass quality during peak milk production

Spring-calving dairy cows are now, for the most part, at peak production; maintaining grass quality during peak production is important....

June 4, 2021