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Making Quality Silage
When cattle are housed it is the most expensive period in cattle rearing. The silage quality can determine the weight gain that can be expected from animals over the winter period, in some regions this can be 50% of your year.
Find out more here: Making Quality Silage

White Clover
This tech note outlines why you should sow white clover, where and how to sow white clover. It always gives an overview as to how you can manage white clover.
Find out more here: White Clover Tech Note

Oestrous Synchronisation or Timed Insemination
In Ireland, less than 20% of calves in beef herds are bred from AI. Such low usage of this effective technology most likely reflects the difficulty and labour requirements for heat detection, assembly of cow(s) for insemination as well as land fragmentation in beef herds.Synchronisation is a process that aims to reduce the labour requirement and make AI more accessible to beef farms.
Find out more here: Oestrous Synchronisation or Timed Insemination

A guide to charges for Wintering Arrangements 2020
Every winter a significant number of cattle are housed and fed in rented sheds. Fodder, labour and machinery running costs are often included in the agreements that are made. The payment rate per head is usually determined by local supply and demand, with arrangements in many cases going back over a number of years.
Find out more here: A guide to charges for Wintering Arrangements 2020

Beef Environment Efficiency Programme - Sucklers (BEEP-S)
Beef Environment Efficiency Programme - Sucklers (BEEP-S) is a hugely important scheme for Suckler Farmers. Closing date for applications is Friday, 15 May. Applications for the scheme can be made online on Agfood.ie or through your Teagasc Advisor. 
Find out more here: Beef Environment Efficiency Programme - Sucklers

Update your spring rotation planner and GET FERTILISER OUT - March 2020
The wet weather of early spring 2020 has disrupted the spring rotation planner. It now needs to be adusted to reflect the circumstances. The application of fertiliser will be critical.
Find out more here: Grass Note - March 2020