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The Dairy Edge Podcast

The Dairy Edge is Teagasc’s weekly dairy podcast for farmers. Presented by Emma-Louise Coffey the podcasts will cover the latest information, insights and opinion to improve your dairy farm performance.

There are three ways to listen to the podcast:

  1. If you’re an iPhone user you can listen to the show by subscribing on Apple Podcasts by clicking on this link and listening via your Podcasts app on your iPhone: 
  2. If you have an Android phone, you can listen to the show by clicking on this link: 
  3. Or you can listen by clicking on the player below:

Episode 114

Health and Safety Specialist, John McNamara, joins Emma-Louise Coffey to advise farmers on how to maintain health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 challenge.

Firstly, John re-emphasises the importance of following the HSE guidelines including thorough hygiene and social distancing. John explains that incidences on the farm such as vet assistance for a difficult calving may lead to close contact, for which John suggests masks can be worn to minimise risk to COVID-19.

He also recommends that farmers should keep in contact with family, friends and other farmers throughout this challenging time, taking advantage of technology on the mobile phone to keep in touch. For anyone who is feeling worried or overwhelmed, John suggests that your GP is the first port of call to discuss your problem. He also advises that for farming issues, Teagasc staff are available to help.

For more information: https://www.teagasc.ie/about/our-organisation/covid-19/

Episode 113

In the wake of the government's Covid-19 measures, dairy farmer Kevin Twomey joins Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss what he and his team are doing on farm to minimise the risk of COVID-19.

While the farm teams vary from 1 to 3 full-time staff, most tasks are set up to be completed by one person, including the milking process. Given the nature of farming being a mostly outdoor task, Kevin explains it is possible to maintain a social distance. Kevin recommends that staff travel independently to minimise contact.

He also recommends that people keep in touch over the phone during this difficult time and also take some time away from the farmyard after the busy peak calving period.

Episode 112

Johnstown Castle farm manager Aidan Lawless joins Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss the current performance of the Johnstown Castle dairy herd.

Aidan acknowledges that while February rainfall recorded at Johnstown Castle was lower than in other locations across the country - they received 150 mm – it was double the expected February rainfall. This has presented a challenge to grazing and the spring herds were behind target for % grazed.

The breeding season for the winter milk herd concluded at the end of February following 6 weeks of dairy AI and 6 weeks of beef AI and mop up bulls. Pregnancy diagnosis scanning will take place on these cows in the coming weeks.

As part of the systems trials at Johnstown Castle, clover and multi-species swards are being trialled to investigate whether there are benefits in the form of grass production, milk production and a range of environmental measures. 

For more information: https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/research-farms/johnstown-castle/

Listen to previous episodes here: Podcast Archive