Crops Harvest Update from Cork and Carlow
This week, the Tillage Edge podcast gets a crops harvest update from the counties of Cork and Carlow with Phelim McDonald of Teagasc, Carlow and Elaine Clifford, Teagasc, Cork joining presenter Michael Hennessy with the latest information.
Working at Height on the Farm
17% of farm fatalities over the last 10 years were caused by falls from heights or being struck by collapsing or falling objects. Always take time to stop and plan before starting to work at height or in an environment where it is possible to be struck by something falling from a height.
Adapting to climate change on livestock farms
Animal agriculture is particularly vulnerable to more extreme weather, which was seen during the recent droughts in the south and east of the Island. Farming practices focusing on adaptation may not be the same as measures designed to mitigate emissions. Researcher Donal O'Brien gives some information.
Grass 10 Newsletter July 21st 2020
Grass10 Update this week has information on: Grass quality during the last round of summer grazing; Grazing management; Applying K; Watch the videos from beef farmers and members of the Grass10 courses to see why they are involved; Mike Bermingham, 2019 GFOY Dairy Winner taking over our social media on Wednesday 29th July.
Review of Ballyhaise heifer rearing unit at grass
For the last two years Ballyhaise Research Farm have been running a dedicated replacement heifer rearing unit which consists of a 10ha grazing block. This year there is 31 calves and 21 maiden heifers on this block. Martina Gormley, Teagasc Dairy Specialist tells us more here.
A unique grazing system that works
If you don’t measure grass you can’t manage it. On this episode of the Beef Edge podcast, suckler farmer Thomas O’Connor from Co. Kildare joins Catherine Egan to give an insight into his farming system.
Child Safety on Farms
Health and Safety Authority figures tell us that sadly 21 children lost their lives as a result of farm accidents in the past 10 years. Over 80% of childhood deaths on farms had a farm vehicle or a machine involved.
How to check the ram is fit for breeding
Rams should be checked 10 weeks before the breeding season to ensure they are fit to breed. This is to allow time to build body condition, sort out health problems, buy replacement rams, acclimatise replacements and quarantine replacements. Drystock advisor Edward Egan demonstrates what is needed.
Designing a Flock Breeding Programme
The number of lambs reared per ewe joined is a key determinant of the overall financial performance of a lowland sheep enterprise. Sheep Specialist Damian Costello outlines the factors to be considered in a flock breeding programme including: culling, ram selection and purchase of breeding stock.
Early Lamb Systems
This week’s OviCast discusses the pros, cons and alternatives to early lambing systems. Ciaran Lynch is joined by Shane Moore, who is farming in Co. Roscommon and Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc. Michael outlines the key dates and requirements for early lambing systems for 2021 while Shane explains he has run an early lamb system for many years. He discusses why it initially suited his system and why he has moved away from it in recent years as sheep numbers increased on his farm.
Farm Safety for Older Farmers
Sadly in 2019 twelve farmers over 65 years lost their lives due to farm accidents. This represents 66% of the total number of fatalities. Getting older impacts on a person’s ability to undertake tasks in the same way as when they were younger. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have some relevant advice
Dairy Newsletter - July 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team. In this month's edition: Complete a fodder budget in July; It’s never too late to milk record!; When to pull the bull out; Research update - Comparing supplement types in a severe drought situation; Five duties of an employer; Health & Safety - Work at heights is dangerous.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Clover- A Farmers Perspective
On the latest Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Fergal Coughlan, Farm Manager in Clonakilty, Lawrence Sexton, Farmer and Mark Treacy, Teagasc Dairy Advisor and to discuss "Clover- A Farmers Perspective".
Is it time to pull the bull?
Just when is the appropriate time to remove the bull? On this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge, advisor John McCabe joins Emma-Louise Coffey with advice and information for farmers.
Working Safely with Livestock on Farms
Working with livestock is responsible for 39 farm workplace deaths on Irish farms in the last 10 years. During this period 7 deaths were caused by an attack by a bull, 22 by cows and heifers and 5 were associated with cattle. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John McNamara have some advice.
Drench Test - Checking Product Efficacy
The drench test is a very simple procedure to check and see if the drench is working and killing the worms in the lambs. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep in Teagasc runs through checking product efficacy of drench.
Organic Dairy Farming
Organic dairying is a relatively small but growing sector within the dairy industry in Ireland. Latest figures from DAFM show that there are 62 organic dairy operators with an average herd size of 79 cows (2019). Dan Clavin, Teagasc Organic Specialist gives us an insight into the organic dairy sector in Ireland and outlines the various conditions of organic farming.
Soil Health Series: Soil Physical Quality Indicators
Soil health can be described as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans. Researchers at Teagasc Johnstown Castle and Oak Park along with colleagues at UCD recently investigated different types of soil physical indicators. Teagasc Researchers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal and Giulia Bondi give more information
NMP Online Software for a hard job
Do you work with your advisor on a Nutrient Management Plan for your farm? The online software to assist in this process is NMP Online. What is NMP Online and what advantage is it to farmers. Environment Specialist Tim Hyde gives some information.
Forestry and climate change mitigation: The role of Sitka spruce and how its continued improvement will play a key role in climate change mitigation
Sitka spruce is the predominant species used in Irish forests. The species is extremely well adapted to growing in Irish conditions, it loves the rain. Over 300,000 hectares of Sitka spruce is planted in Ireland all this biomass growing vigorously represents a significant carbon store. Researcher Niall Farrelly and Walsh Scholar Ronan Cashell have more information.
Dairy Research Webinar- The alternative autumn and spring grazing practices to increase grass supply
On the recent Dairy Research Webinar, Michael Egan joined host Stuart Childs to discuss "What are the alternative autumn and spring grazing practices to increase grass supply?"
An Interesting Career in Forestry
Derek Gibson works in the Forestry Development Department in Teagasc as a Forestry Technician. His overall role is to provide support to the forestry researchers on all aspects of the research work being undertaker. Here he gives more information on his interesting role.
The Water Cycle - where does all the water go? Sediment impact on water quality Webinar
Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Owen Fenton and Daire OHuallichain, Teagasc to discuss The Water Cycle - where does all the water go? and sediment impact on water quality. The presentations were followed by a Questions and Answers session with the panel.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 16 July
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomás Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
Mycotoxins and their impact on pig performance
Mycotoxins and their impact on pig performance is the topic for this episode of the Pig Edge and presenter Ciaran Carroll was joined by Louise Clarke, Teagasc’s Specialised Pig Development Officer at Ballyhaise to find out more.
Mushroom Picking Technology
Mushroom growers face a constant challenge of recruiting and retaining staff to harvest their crops. Teagasc Mushroom Advisor Donal Gernon is hosting a Mushroom Picking Technology webinar featuring Axis Technology. This webinar gives mushroom growers an insight into a mushroom picking system currently being adopted on a large farm in Canada.
Revised Teagasc Green Book published - Major and Micro Nutrient Advice for Productive Agricultural Crops
The Teagasc Green Book of Major and Micro Nutrient Advice for Productive Agricultural Crops has been revised this year and provides up to date cutting-edge information for farmers, advisors, agronomists and the wider agricultural industry, backed by the latest research and science.
Tillage Newsletter - July 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition: Cash flow and financial management; The five-minute cash flow; Grass weeds; Oilseed rape; Beet; and Health & Safety - Work at heights is dangerous.
TResearch Summer 2020
In this issue of TResearch, we highlight some of the exciting research across Teagasc to identify control strategies against important diseases of mushrooms, barley, potato and laurel. Each respective crop has significant challenges, but increasing the resilience and efficiency of plant varieties as part of an integrated management approach is key to maintaining plant health and supporting sectoral-level sustainability.
Blight Control and Potato Crops Supply in 2020
Shay Phelan, Crops & Potato Specialist, Teagasc, Oak Park joined Mark Plunkett on the Tillage Edge podcast this week. Shay discussed potato blight control, blight programmes, products available and their effective use.
Pig Research Update - GILTLIFE (Part 2)
This project was a collaboration between Teagasc & University College Limerick. It investigated the effects of nutrition & management on gilt welfare & performance. Improving rearing conditions for replacement gilts should improve their welfare & increase their output.
Virtual Talking Timber
The Forestry Development Department in Teagasc hosted a very informative virtual webinar - 'Talking Timber' on Tuesday July 14th. The webinar covered all aspects of thinning conifers. Staff from Teagasc and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) gave advice and answered questions
Soil Health is our Wealth
Our soils are precious resources and underpin sustainable food production and many other important ecosystem services for society. Our soild support the production of food, feed and fibre. There are many other functions supported by soil including, the re-cycling of nutrients, sequestration of carbon & regulation of our climate, purification and storage of water. Soils are also an important habitat for biodiversity. Researchers David Wall and Giulia Bondi have more information on soil.
Beef Newsletter - July 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Beef team. In this month's edition: BEAM 5% reduction requirements begin; Teagasc Virtual Beef Week; Research update - Heat synchronisation and timed AI; and Health & Safety - Work at heights is dangerous.
Tips & Advice for Staying Safe on Farm
Accidents on farms are a continuing cause of concern and on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Health & Safety specialist John McNamara, joins Catherine Egan with some tips for farmers in advance of Farm Safety Week.
Grass10 Newsletter - 14 July 2020
Grass10 Update this week has information on: Pasturebase data for the week; focus on correct grazing yield with current high growth rates; Advice for autumn reseeding: and a flyer for the Mike Bermingham’s social media takeover day on Wednesday 29th July.
Decisions around ending the breeding season
The primary reason for shortening the breeding season is to tighten up the following calving season. This is to increase profitability and simplify work load during the coming year. Herds with a very spread out calving pattern generally can’t afford not to milk over the coming winter. Such patterns are higher cost and lower profit systems of milk production. Dairy specialists George Ramsbottom and Joe Patton in a series of videos have information on the economics and advice on the steps to take to correct the calving pattern.
Cobalt Supplementation in Sheep
Cobalt is an important mineral that's required by sheep and is used by the bugs in the rumen to metabolize vitamin B12 which is important for lamb thrive. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep with Teagasc runs through best practice for supplementing with cobalt
Sheep Newsletter - July 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team. In this month's edition: Grassland management; Reseeding; Anthelmintics; Breeding season; Early lamb; Research Update - Rain returning to normal levels; Better Farm Update - Some weaned early; & Health & Safety - Work at heights is dangerous
Let's Talk Pigs- Biosecurity - the first step to excellent health and performance
In the latest Let's Talk Pigs Webinar, which took place on Friday 10 July, Jereon Dewulf joined the webinar to discuss Biosecurity and the first step to excellent health and performance.
Broadleaf Tree Plantations Increasing in Ireland
Twenty-nine percent of the forest estate in Ireland is broadleaf (195,000 ha). The main broadleaf species present are birch, ash, alder, oak, beech and sycamore, predominantly planted within the last three decades and as single-species blocks. Dr Ian Short, Forestry Research Officer, talks about some of the latest research in broadleaf silviculture in a recent episode of The Research Field podcast.
Checking for resistance – the Drench test
Dealing with anthelminthic resistance is an issue on Irish sheep farms. Determining the efficacy of the products used is a necessary first step in adapting to this challenge and on this episode of OviCast, Ciaran Lynch is joined by Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, to discuss why it’s so important to check products on farm.
The Hill Sheep Sector in Ireland
The Irish Hill Sheep sector plays an important role in the economic health of rural economies and the maintenance of the natural landscape in many of Ireland’s most scenic areas. Hill sheep are a very hardy and resilient breed and are hugely responsive to improved nutrition. Michael G. Diskin and Frank Campion, Teagasc Athenry tell us more.
Tillage Update- Be Harvest Ready
Harvest is the busiest time of year for tillage farmers but also poses the greatest health and safety risk. In this Tillage update, advice is given on carrying out maintenance on all machinery prior to harvesting and ensuring safe work practices are carried out on the farm. The update also looks at the potato crop and the blight that the crop is susceptible to.
Tips to improve the quality of grazing swards
Michael O’Donovan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give tips and advice to improve the quality of grazing swards.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar- Anthelmintic resistance in gut worms of cattle
On the latest Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, host Stuart Childs was joined by Dr. Orla Keane, Teagasc researcher to discuss anthelmintic resistance in gut worms of cattle.
The Signpost Series - Forestry webinar
In his presentation, Teagasc Forestry Specialist Tom Houlihan explains the positive role that well-planned and sustainably managed farm forests can play in addressing climate change challenges. He highlights the significant forest resource that exists in Ireland and how expanding this resource can provide further multiple benefits, both for forest owners and society.
Nutrient Recovery Cycle - Infographic
This infographic outlines the nutrient recovery cycle which can improve the efficient use of resources in pig production. By using pig manure as a fertiliser to grow crops which will in turn be used in making pig feed, a circular economy is created.
Grass10 Newsletter - 7 July 2020
Grass10 Update this week has information on: PastureBase Ireland current performance; Predicted Growth Rate; Hit the targets to grow more grass; Beef Edge Podcast: Episode 23 - “How my farm grows more grass”.
The Water Cycle – where do all the water and nutrients go
The water cycle is a series of flows and storage components from rain to evaporation. The soil type on a farm determines the path the water takes from when it hits the ground until it evaporates. Researcher Owen Fenton gives information on where the water and nutrients go.
Processing Fresher, Healthier, Longer-Lasting Foods
Food processing is any method used to convert fresh foods into food products. In large-scale food manufacture. Dr Elena Inguglia describes how some of our foods are currently processed, and how these processes might be improved for food to be processed freshers, healthier and longer-lasting.
Better Farm Sheep Update - Patrick Dunne, Co. Wicklow
Patrick Dunne is a participant in the Teagasc Sheep Better Farm Programme. The programme focuses on grassland management, breeding and production methods. Patrick gives an overview of this farm as well as an update on what's been happening on the farm.
Understanding the genetic basis of fertility and semen quality in bulls
In seasonal production systems, demand for semen from young genetically elite bulls often exceeds supply. As part of a large Science Foundation Ireland funded project researchers are examining the role of both early life nutrition and genetics in regulating sexual development and subsequent semen quality and fertility in young bulls.
Nutritional composition and human health implications of grass-fed beef
Ireland’s climate has encouraged the development of “grass-fed” as a point of difference for Irish beef in high-value markets in Europe and beyond. A study at Teagasc Grange asked: what is the comparative nutritional composition of Irish beef which is long term grass-fed, grass/silage plus concentrate-fed or concentrate-fed, and what are the implications of the different sources of beef for the health of the beef consumer? Project lead Aidan Moloney tells us more.
Understanding how targeted early life nutrition can advance the availability of high quality semen from genetically elite young bulls
The bull has a huge influence on the rate of genetic progress in cattle, particularly when used through artificial insemination. Novel research currently being conducted at Teagasc Grange is focused on understanding the underlying physiological and molecular mechanisms regulating the role of nutrition in stimulating sexual development.
The impact of housing characteristics (space allowance, floor type) on welfare and performance of beef cattle
The critical issues pertaining to welfare of housed beef cattle identified by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission include, space allowance and flooring. Find out more about research being carried out in order to examine the impact of floor type on the welfare and performance of beef cattle, and to quantify the financial implications of alternative options.
Grass-forage and concentrate beef: production and quality attributes
Grass-based production systems offer an economic advantage for Irish beef farms. There is renewed interest in 100 % grass-fed beef, which is perceived as being more ‘sustainable’ by consumers. However, there is little research information on rearing and finishing progeny from the suckler beef herd on grass-forage diets solely.
BovINE (Beef Innovation Network Europe) has been established across 10 EU member states to focus solely on the needs of the 255,000 farmers that constitute the EU bovine meat sector. Coordinated by Teagasc (IE), BovINE is built around a multi-actor approach, requiring focused cooperation between researchers, advisors, farmers and other relevant actors/players in the beef industry to facilitate knowledge exchange and acceptance of co-created solutions.
Developing more sustainable beef finishing strategies through improved nutrition and growth of animals
Economic sustainability of beef farming needs to be improved, while simultaneously its environmental footprint needs to be reduced. The efficiency of converting feed into meat protein in a cost-effective sustainable manner requires new understanding of the effects of forage nutritive value and supplementation of concentrates.
Genomic selection for compensatory growth in beef cattle
In beef production systems, feed accounts for up to 80% of the total direct costs incurred by farmers. There is an opportunity to genomically select cattle with an enhanced compensatory growth potential. Studies from Teagasc have shown that a target average daily gain of 0.5 to 0.6 kg for steers and heifers during the dietary restriction period is sufficient to give an optimal compensatory growth response.
Finishing cattle at pasture: concentrate supplementation?
In autumn the diet of grazing cattle is generally unbalanced in terms of energy and protein as there is usually excess degradable protein in autumn grass. Research at Grange has shown dietary energy rather than protein is the limiting factor and where supplementation occurs, concentrate energy sources are required. Researchers Edward O’Riordan and Mark McGee have some information
How to grow and utilise more grass on my farm?
The foundation underpinning good grass production and utilisation is having adequate soil fertility, unimpeded drainage, targeted application of fertiliser and good grazing infrastructure, coupled with appropriate grazing management practices. Specialist Catherine Egan and researcher Mark McGee have some advice.
Feeding weanlings during the winter
Grange research has shown that weanling steers and heifers generally do not require protein supplementation when fed barley-based concentrates and high DMD grass silage. Researcher Mark McGee and Specialist Catherine Egan give some information and advice.
Winter Finishing: Grass-based systems
Even high-quality grass silage is incapable of sustaining adequate growth rates to exploit the growth potential of most cattle so concentrate supplementation is required. Mark McGee and Catherine Egan, Teagasc, AGRIC give advice on efficient feed utilisation when finishing cattle
Want 50kg more winter weight gain for no extra cost? Cut silage in May instead of June
Research conducted at Teagasc Grange has shown that cattle fed high quality 75% dry matter digestibility (DMD) silage gained almost 50kg additional live-weight over a 5 month winter compared to similar cattle fed 65% DMD silage. Joe Patton explains the findings of this research
Parasite control in growing cattle at pasture
Internal parasites are one of the main threats that need to be considered for animals at grass. Researcher Orla Keane has some information and advice on Lungworm and Gut worm
Resilient grass-based systems for beef cattle
In beef production systems, feed provision is the single largest direct cost incurred, accounting for approximately 75% of total costs of production. Beef specialist Catherine Egan and researcher Mark McGee have advice and information
Agricultural Emissions - greenhouse gases and ammonia
Greenhouse gases (GHG’S) and air pollutants are the two main categories of Agricultural emissions. Greenhouse gases have a negative impact on climate change. Air pollutants other type of gaseous emissions from agriculture. They negatively impact on human and animal health.
ICBF: Breeding for more - Sustainable Beef Production
ICBF uses performance, ancestry and genomic data from over 15 million beef cattle (the largest beef cattle database in the world). The goal is to identify the superior animals within the breeding program for key traits such as maternal milk, female fertility, cost of calving, cost of feed and carcass growth rate.
Protected Urea - Cost Efficient N
Protected urea (ProUrea) is urea which is treated with a urease inhibitor. The urease inhibitor can be either a) coated onto the outside of the fertiliser granule or b) incorporated into the urea granule melt during manufacture.
Methane Production: How can we reduce it?
Methane (CH4) is the second most important greenhouse gas (GHG) in terms of global warming. It is 28 times more potent to the environment than carbon dioxide (CO2). Agriculture accounts for 34% of Irish GHGs emissions, with CH4 responsible for nearly 60% of agri emissions.
Farming Influence on Water Quality- Findings of the Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP)
A better environment and supporting the production of high-quality food are the twin aims of the ACP. Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, staff have been working with 300 farmers across six catchments in Ireland for over ten years to achieve these goals while also evaluating the Nitrates Directive regulations.
White Clover will increase grass production and quality. It improves animal performance - 13% increase in animal carcass weight & 25% increase in lamb live weight gain. It saves €50/acre on Nitrogen fertiliser (save 110 units N/acre, CAN @ €250/t ) and gives a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
The ASSAP programme is a new government / industry collaborative initiative running from 2018 - 2021. The programme offers a free support and advisory service (20 Teagasc and 10 Dairy Co-op advisors) and participation is voluntary. Its aim is to improve water quality through working with farmers
Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. The nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in the ammonia form similar to N in urea fertilisers and as such can be easily lost to the atmosphere. Slurry application techniques such as trailing hose or trailing shoe reduce the surface area of the slurry compared to the splash plate thus reducing the loss of N as ammonia to the air.
Protecting soil carbon stocks and enhancing Carbon Sequestration
Soil organic matter is the biggest store of carbon on land. It is greater than the carbon in the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas which is a greenhouse gas. Researchers David Wall & Gary Lanigan have information on why maintaining soil organic matter levels is important?
Conservation of Farmland Habitats
Conservation and protection of farmland wildlife and habitats is an important dimension of environmental sustainability. Aim to retain existing habitats, enhance degraded habitats then consider habitat creation.
Biodiversity Management Practices on Linear Habitats
Engaging in good biodiversity management practices on linear habitats has many positive benefits for farmers, farming and the envirnment. Here we have advice for farmers interested in improving biodiversity management practices and there is also an assessment sheet to assess current practices
Understanding the Dairy Beef Index (DBI)
The Dairy Beef Index (DBI) is a tool to produce quality beef cattle from the dairy herd that have both desirable calving attributes for the dairy herd (i.e., easy calving and short gestation) and valuable carcass merit attributes for the finisher.
Management and prevention of common infectious & parasitic diseases affecting dairy beef calves
Dairy beef calves can be susceptible to a number of infectious & parasitic diseases. Niamh Field has advice and information on the prevention and management of coccidiosis, gutworm, lungworm and viral pneumonia
Dairy-beef performance under three stocking rate intensities
The current research programme in Johnstown Castle is evaluating the effects of herbage allowance (by using three stocking rates) on the performance of dairy × beef crossbreed cattle. Ruth Dunne, Wayne Hayes, Richard Lynch and Padraig French have further information on the research
Growing your potential; Grass-to-Beef
Grazed grass is the cheapest source of energy for ruminants and is capable of supporting high levels of animal performance. Beef systems implementing high levels of grassland management to support improved animal performance and output/ha have a lower carbon footprint per kg of beef produced. Nicky Byrne, Donall Fahy and Michael O’Donovan have some advice
Teagasc Grange dairy calf-to-beef system study
The current research focus of the dairy beef unit at Teagasc Grange is to compare the performance of three DAIRY-BEEF genetic groups. The systems used have achieved exceptional performance.Nicky Byrne and Donall Fahy give an update on the research
Teagasc Green Acres Dairy Calf to Beef Programme
The second phase of Teagasc Green Acres Calf-to-Beef Programme started in 2019. It includes 12 commercially-operated calf to beef demonstration farms located nationwide. This programme is supported by two Teagasc specialised advisors. Programme manager Alan Dillon has more information
Livestock-handling on Irish beef farms: Implications for the human-animal-relationship
Livestock production systems consistently rank as one of the most hazardous with regard to farmer safety. Between 2009 and 2018, 16% of total fatalities in the Irish agricultural and forestry industry occurred in these production systems. A study of beef farmers on livestock handling has been conducted by Teagasc & UCD
Novel diagnostics for bovine respiratory disease (BRD)
At Teagasc, Grange, new technologies are being used for the identification of viral and bacterial infectious agents causing bovine respiratory disease (BRD), commonly known as pneumonia. Researchers Dayle Johnston, Matthew McCabe, Gaelle Esnault, Inmaculada Cuevas-Gómez, Paul Cormican, Sinead Waters and Bernadette Earley give some information
Clinical diagnosis of bovine respiratory disease (BRD)
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is is one of the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality in cattle. An accurate and early diagnosis of clinical (BRD) and sub-clinical bovine respiratory disease (sBRD) is necessary to get a better classification of the disease and guide effective treatment. Read more about theuse of thoracic ultrasonography (TUS) at AGRIC, Teagasc, Grange
Breeding for improved resistance to bovine respiratory disease (BRD)
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is a multifactorial disease affecting cattle of all ages. Internationally and in Ireland, it represents the most significant cause of bovine morbidity and mortality. Clinical symptoms include coughing, breathing difficulty, eye and nasal discharge, a high temperature and reduced animal performance.
Castration- Best Practice
The castration of male cattle intended for beef production is a common practice in many countries. Castration of cattle is usually performed in order to prevent sexual behaviour, reduce aggression, and increase handling safety. Find out more on the best castration practices here
Calving Beef heifers at 2 Years Old
Find out the reasons for calving your beef heifers at 2 years old; why farmers are reluctant to try it and get some key statistics to help make the decision.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar- Breeding the next generation of broodmares
Teagasc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon was joined by Mary McCann, Hartwell Stud & Norman Allen, Knockrath Stud in the third webinar in our Let's Talk Equine series. The topic discussed was "Breeding the next generation of broodmares".
How to achieve high performance in a dairy calf-to-beef system
Due to the expansion of the Irish dairy herd over recent years more dairy-origin calves are available for beef production, but considerable scope exists for integration of beef and dairy farmers’ needs. Nicky Byrne & Alan Dillon have advice on achieving high performance.
Paul Fitters lecturer in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens takes us on a walk through his wildflower meadow at two different stages in May and June 2020. The meadow has been 15 years’ in the making and is improving year on year.
Webinar - Protecting Nitrogen and Phosphorus inputs on farms
The 13th a series of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars aimed at Irish Agri Professionals.Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Mark Plunkett, Soil & Plant Nutrition Specialist and David Wall, Research Officer, Soil Science and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT to discuss Protecting Nitrogen and Phosphorus inputs on farms.
Lessons from the Derrypatrick herd – Q & A
The Derrypatrick herd consists of 105 cows it uses 100% AI and selects proven sires based on the €uro-Star sub-index. Beef specialist, Aidan Murray along with researchers Paul Crosson, Bernadette Earley and Orla Keane give us some information on the lessons learned from the herd to date.
Ammonia Emissions in Agriculture: Sources, Importance and Mitigation
Ammonia is not a greenhouse gas, but it can indirectly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at Teagasc Johnstown Castle have been examining ammonia (NH3), which is a gaseous form of nitrogen and an air pollutant. Researcher Dominika Krol gives more information.
Frost damage in older plantations
This year the mid May frosts in may have caused substantial damage to trees around the country. Both broadleaf and conifer trees have been affected. Forestry Development Officers Kevin O’Connell and John Casey have some advice on assessing the damage and options available
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Friday
On the final day of our Virtual Beef Week Pearse Kelly and Paul Crosson will discuss the economics of various beef systems on the 12 midday Beef Talk. They are joined by Kevin Hanrahan who will look at Future Beef Policy. Then addressing 'The Grand Challenges' will be the theme for Live@Grange - 7pm. Frank O'Mara will introduce the session. Thia Hennessy will moderate - speakers are Mairead McGuinness, Gerry Boyle, Tim Cullinan and Barry Cowen TD
Let's Talk Pigs Webinar - Becoming Lean - A Guide for Pig Farmers
The first in a series of fortnightly webinars aimed at Irish pig producers took place on Friday, 26 June which focused on becoming Lean and featured special guest Richard Keegan and Agricultural Development Officer Michael McKeon.
Today's Farm - July/ August 2020
Today’s Farm is a bi-monthly publication which includes advice and information on the various farming enterprises, including beef, dairy, tillage, sheep, crops and horticulture, as well as environment and farm management.
What you need to know about African Swine Fever
On this episode of the Pig Edge, Amy Quinn speaks to Eithne White, Veterinary Inspector from the National Disease Control Centre at the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, to get an overview, update as well as general advice on ASF.
Let's talk Dairy Webinar - Milk Recording
Teagasc Milk Quality Specialist Don Crowley is host Stuart Childs guest on the latest Let's Talk Dairy webinar. Don is well known for his work on cell count. Here he goes through milk recording reports specifically 'Cell Check'. He identifies what to look for in the reports and having identified the issues how to deal with these.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Thursday
Grass Management for Sustainable Beef Production is the theme for the Thursday of Virtual Beef Week. On Beef Talk at 12 noon Researcher Mark McGee, farmer John Watchorn and specialist Catherine Egan will discuss 'Building resilience within your grass based system'. Live@Grange at 7pm farmer Sean Roddy, will discuss 'How my farm grows more grass'? He will be joined by his Teagasc advisor Christy Watson and researcher Edward O’Riordan. Aidan Murray will facilitate.
Combine set up and the importance of stopping grass weed seeds spreading during harvest
Dermot Forristal, Teagasc was the guest on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to speak to Michael Hennessy about combine set up and also the importance of stopping grass weed seeds spreading during harvest.
Farm update - Mathew Mullen Teagasc Glanbia Future Farmer
Matthew Mullen from County Meath is a participant in the Teagasc/Glanbia Open Source Future Farm Programme. In this video Matthew gives an update on what they have been doing on the farm in recent weeks .
Once a Day Milking vs. Twice a Day Milking at Teagasc Moorepark
Emer Kennedy, Researcher in Teagasc Moorepark discusses the Moorepark once a day herd. This herd has been running for the last number of years. The herd is part of an on-going experiment looking at once a day vs. twice a day milking.
Tillage Update - 2nd July
This week's update has information and advice on machinery hygiene, crop records and an update on blight control on potatoes. Listen to the latest The Tillage Edge Podcast covering machinery hygiene and how to do it before and during the harvesting season; watch a video on how to clean down a combine.
Stopping the spread of grass weeds: cleaning harvest machines
Difficult-to-control grass weeds are becoming an increasing problem on Irish tillage farms. This fact sheet outlines the basics of machine cleaning at harvest and gives guidance to growers and contractors on the actions to take.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on, on Wednesday
The focus of Virtual Beef Week on Wednesday, July 8th is 'Sustainable Beef Production'. At 12 noon on Beef Talk, Paul Crosson, John Finn and Sinead Waters, Teagasc will look at GHG and methane emissions and biodiversity on the farm. In the evening discussion - Live@Grange Mark Plunkett, Mike Egan & Eddie Burgess, Teagasc, and Andrew Cromie, ICBF will explore various options to make farms more sustainable.
Lungworm in Cattle
Hoose or lungworm infection, can be widespread and infection this year may be more severe due to the heavy rain that followed the long dry spell. Drystock Specialist Martina Harrington has advice on the identification, management and treatment of the disease
Pig Research Update - GILTLIFE (Part 1)
This project was a collaboration between Teagasc & University College Limerick. It investigated the effects of nutrition and management on gilt welfare and performance. Phoebe Hartnett, previous PhD student who worked on the GILTLIFE project tells us more.
Grass10 Newsletter - 30 June 2020
Grass10 Update this week has information on: PastureBase Ireland current performance; Predicted Growth Rate; High Growth Rates - Get cover/LU back to 160-180 Kg DM/LU; Maintaining grass quality with Barry O’Sullivan and reseeding and clover update with John Macnamara.
How my farm grows more grass?
Sean Roddy, suckler farm manager of the Lyons Demesne farm in Co. Kildare, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge to discuss grassland management on his farm. Sean will be featuring as part of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week on Thursday, 9th July at 7pm where he will also be joined on the panel by his Teagasc advisor Christy Watson and Edward O’Riordan, Teagasc Grange.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on for Tuesday
On Tuesday of next week the Virtual Beef Week will focus on Dairy Calf to Beef Production. Tuesday morning’s Teagasc Beef Talk webinar will focus on the Grange dairy calf-to-beef system study. The live panel discussion from Teagasc Grange at 7pm will have a focus on calf selection
Good news for earthworm numbers in grazed pastures - the role of dung pats
Grazed grassland management regimes can have various positive and negative effects on soil fauna such as earthworms. Teagasc Johnstown Castle and UCD researchers Owen Fenton, Giulia Bondi and Olaf Schmidt tell us more about this supervised two year field study which examined the relationship between earthworms and dung pats.
Control of stomach worms – improving sustainability
Nationally anthelmintic resistance i.e. the ability of parasites to survive a dose that should kill them, is increasing for the 3 most common products we use for control. Find out about the key actions that will help maintain a susceptible worm population and prolong the efficacy of commonly used anthelminthic products.
NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards - Hearne Family Dairy Farm
The Hearne Family was awarded the top prize in the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.Kieran his wife Ann, their four children and Kieran’s mother are from Rathgormack, Co. Waterford. The Hearne’s milk 200 cows and their milk is supplied to Glanbia Ireland. Find out more about their farm.
Farmer Focus, Patrick Dunne: Changing systems and dealing with this year’s drought
Sheep BETTER farm participant Patrick Dunne who farms in the Wicklow Mountains joins Ciaran Lynch on this week’s OviCast who discusses his farming system as well as dealing with this year's drought.
Lower production costs and exceptional aid measures led to a modest increase in average farm income in 2019
The average family farm income rose by 2% in Ireland in 2019, according to a new report by Teagasc. A combination of factors were responsible for the increase in income in 2019, which averaged €23,933. The results are published in the Teagasc National Farm Survey 2019 and are representative of over 90,000 farms in Ireland.
The Benefits of Biodiversity for Irish Dairy Farms
Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's episode of The Dairy Edge to discuss the benefits of biodiversity for Irish dairy farms.
The MASTER Plan
A European consortium co-ordinated by Professor Paul Cotter of Teagasc is using next-generation sequencing technologies to investigate the microbiomes of food systems and to improve our food quality, security and sustainability.
Virtual Beef Week
Virtual Beef Week replaces the planned major Teagasc Beef 2020 Open Day, which was due to take place at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation centre, Grange, County Meath. Due to COVID-19 farmers will now have the opportunity to access the latest research and knowledge through their mobile phone, laptop or tablet.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Careers in Dairy Farming
This week’s webinar discusses opportunities in dairy farming and the career progression pathways with Gordon Peppard, Farm Business Structures Specialist.
Slurry timing & application to protect the environment
Good management of Slurry is needed to maximise grass growth, while at the same time minimise losses to our atmosphere and water bodies. ASSAP Advisor Ivan Kelly has some useful advice.
Let's Talk Dairy- Careers in Dairy Farming Webinar
On this week’s Let’s Talk Dairy webinar, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by a panel of dairy professionals and specialists to discuss Careers in Dairy Farming. An overview was given of the NEFERTITI project along with advice on collaborative pathways for dairy farmers and establishing share farming arrangements.
Webinar: Phosphorus - Interactions with soil and water
Dr Karen Daly, Teagasc Research Officer discussed Phosphorus - Interactions with soil and water.as part of the Signpost Series Webinars.
National Farm Survey Webinar
On Monday next June 29th Teagasc for the first time will reveal the results of the 2019 National Farm Survey (NFS) with a webinar. The National Farm Survey (NFS) has been conducted by Teagasc on an annual basis since 1972. Join Trevor Donnellan and Brian Moran to find out more.
Managing native woodland resources on our farms
To fully appreciate how valuable native woodlands are for our well-being and for biodiversity, take a slow walk through a mature oak and birch woodland during a full bloom of bluebells and just breathe in the fragrant air. Forestry Development Officer Jonathan Spazzi has more information on our native woodlands.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Chick Start - The do's and don’ts to a healthier crop
The second webinar in the "Let's Talk Poultry" series for Irish poultry producers in collaboration with Alltech which took place on Wednesday, 17 June. Guest presenter Professor Steve Collett discussed the topic of Chick Start, and focused on the Neonatal Intestinal health.
Gurteen College Beef Farm Update
Currently the suckler beef unit at Gurteen College has 79 sucker cows and split calving with 43 spring calving cows and 36 autumn calving cows. The unit aims to educate students on the running of a sustainable drystock business. Teagasc Drystock Specialist Catherine Egan gives an update on the enterprise.
Clonakilty College Virtual Open Day
Clonakilty College Virtual Open Day took place on Wednesday, 17 June. This virtual event allowed potential students to hear from college staff and gain an insight into the courses on offer in the college.
Drainage Ditch Connectivity to Surface Water
Do you have a Ditch, a Gripe, a Sheough or a Marein on your farm? You must avoid contaminants such as nutrients and pesticides from entering these ditches to protect water quality in the receiving streams. Read more from researchers Karen Daly and Owen Fenton
Rain shines the light back on quality
Following recent rain grass has started to grow again in most areas. What is the best way to manage the grass growth? Grass 10 advisor John Douglas has advise on keeping the focus on quality.
John Ryan - Teagasc/ Glanbia Future Farm Participant Update
John Ryan, participant of the Teagasc/ Glanbia Future Farm Programme farms in Boulick, Gornathoe, Co. Tipperary. On the 18th June, John's Teagasc Advisor Sandra Hayes caught up with John to get an update on how he was coping after the dry period in May.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 25 June
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomas Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
Tillage Update June 25th
Now is a good time to walk your crops, assess some of the management decisions made and review what worked well and what you might change for next year. Tillage specialist Ciaran Collins has some advice
The Sustainability of Irish Agriculture Webinar
The Sustainability of Irish Agriculture Webinar which took place on Wednesday, 23rd June. Dr. Cathal Buckley, Teagasc provided an overview of the latest sustainability assessment for Irish agriculture, covering Economic, Social and Environmental Metrics.
The PRCD and the Challenges of Proposed Pesticide Reductions of 50%
Gordon Rennick, PRCD, for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) joined Michael Hennessy on the Tillage Edge podcast this week. Gordon explained that PRCD stands for the Pesticide Registration and Control Division of the DAFM and the unit has a wide range of roles from registering pesticides, residue testing, inspecting retail and farmers along with a host of other diverse work.
Hot Water Heating Options for the Milking Parlour
It is projected that during 2020 Ireland will produce up to 8.8 billion litres of milk; this will require approx. 370 GWh of electricity. On farm dairy electricity related CO2 emissions may be 162,000 tonnes by the end of 2020 unless mitigation strategies are implemented. Teagasc Energy Specialist Barry Caslin has some advice
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmers Ross and Amy Jackson
Ross and Amy Jackson are farming organically in Lacka, Carrig, Co Tipperary. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Ross and Amy.
Grass10 Newsletter - 23 June 2020
Grass10 Update this week has information on: PastureBase Ireland current performance; Predicted Growth Rate; Growth rates increasing – Key decisions to maintain grass quality; Reseeding Update Moorepark and the new Farm Summary Report on PastureBase Ireland.
Overcoming the challenges to producing sustainable Irish beef
Producing Irish beef sustainably is important and poses many challenges as reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHG) is something farmers have heard about a lot lately. On this episode of the Beef Edge, Catherine Egan is joined by Prof Sinead Waters, Researcher in Teagasc Grange and Dr Dominika Krol, Researcher in Teagasc Johnstown Castle to find out more.
Selecting Flock Replacements
Breeding ewe replacements from within your own flock has a number of advantages including allowing you to breed the best performing ewes in the flock with a high genetic merit maternal sire. Damian Costello, Sheep Specialist, has more information
Safeguarding your soil biology
There is increasing awareness of the importance of soil biology in underpinning agriculture. The life beneath our feet is critical to the sustainability, resilience and functioning of our farming systems. Researcher, Fiona Brennan, talks about the important role played by the life within soil and provides some tips for safeguarding soil biology on your farm.
Post sowing management and grazing of a grass/clover reseeds.
John Paul Murphy Farm Manager in Moorepark gives an update on the sward sown on May 1st 2020. He gives details on the management of the sward to date
Control of stomach worms - improving sustainability
Anthelminthic resistance is one of the key challenges for the sheep industry. Ciaran Lynch was joined by Teagasc Researcher Dr Orla Keane on this week's episode of OviCast who discusses four key areas that will help to maintain a susceptible worm population and prolong the efficacy of commonly used anthelminthic products.
New Teagasc Sustainability Report Launched
The newly released Teagasc National Farm Survey 2018 Sustainability Report, produced by Teagasc economists, benchmarks the sustainability of a range of farm systems in Ireland, and was published today, Tuesday, 23 June.
Discover the diverse world of microbes…
Join us in celebrating World Microbiome Day 2020. The day will focus on communicating the diversity of microbes, microbiome habitats, diets to feed and fuel microbiomes and diversity among microbiome researchers.
Concentrate supplement options during a grass shortage
Many farms have been struggling with poor grass growth and quality in recent weeks. Weekend rainfall has been significant in most regions, this will help grass growth. If you are short of grass, Dairy Specialist Joe Patton has some advice
Tips on recovery from drought conditions
Teagasc Dairy Advisor Colm Doran joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast to give strategies on recovery from drought conditions.
Let's Talk Dairy- Dairy Farm Financial Outlook and Management Advice for 2020
On the latest Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, Patrick Gowing, Teagasc Dairy Specialist and Tadgh Buckley, AIB joined Stuart Childs to discuss Dairy Farm Financial Outlook and Management Advice for 2020
Talking Timber – our popular annual timber marketing event is back. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are coming to you online with Virtual Talking Timber. We support forest owners in thinning their conifer forests, grow quality timber and sell it successfully.
Liming reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases grassland productivity
Research in Johnstown Castle has shown that increasing soil pH by liming resulted in significant reduction of N2O emissions and increased grassland productivity compared to the un-limed plots under the same management and fertiliser regime.
Ballyhaise College Virtual Open Day
Ballyhaise College Virtual Open Day took place on 15th June. Two sessions were held covering the agriculture and forestry courses.
Bales can kill with lethal force
According to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), figures show falling bales account for about 5% of farm workplace deaths. There are many safety issues around working with bales. Francis Bligh and John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialists have some advice
Teagasc launches - ‘A Forest to Suit Every Farm’ booklet
Teagasc has launched a new booklet, ‘A Forest to Suit Every Farm’, which highlights innovative approaches and experiences of forest owners across Ireland.
Webinar: Nitrogen - Interactions with Soil and Water
Karl Richards, Teagasc discussed Nitrogen – Interactions with Soil and Water focusing on understanding nitrogen and soil interactions as part of the Signpost Series Webinars.
Pigs Newsletter - June 2020
This month’s newsletter looks at the areas to target to improve weaning to service interval, an update on the spread of African Swine Fever and we hear about the potential benefits of a recently discovered sow feed additive on carcass weights. It also includes the details on the launch of “Let’s Talk Pigs”, the new Teagasc webinars series, on June 26th.
Let's Talk Cattle & Sheep Webinar - Incorporating White Clover on Cattle and Sheep farms
The third webinar in the 'Let's Talk Cattle & Sheep' series. James Humphrey, Teagasc Researcher gave a presentation on 'Optimising the benefits of clover in grassland'.
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report
The report focuses on the establishment and implementation of the ASSAP in 2018 and interaction with farmers up until the 31st December 2019. The ASSAP programme is a key part of a wider government and community effort to improve water quality in 190 selected water bodies around the country by reducing agricultural and non-agricultural pressures.
How and why ‘evenitis’ could be costing producers
Pig Farmers can often spend a considerable amount of time grading and sorting pigs throughout the production stages, but in this episode of the Pig Edge, Specialised Pig Advisor Michael McKeon talks to Amy Quinn to discuss why this well-meant practice might in some cases be costing producers.
Young driver machinery safety and other areas for farm safety improvement
Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of the Tillage Edge Podcast to discuss machinery safety for young drivers and also other safety areas around the farmyard.
‘Farmers Have Hearts’ Cardiovascular Health Programme - Major Study indicates Farmers at high risk of Cardiovascular Disease
A major study of farmer’s health is being published today, Thursday 18 June, as part of Men’s Health Week. The research found that 74% of male farmers have four, or more, risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Tillage Update June 18th
This weeks update has information from on the likely impact of the drought. There are also updates from specialist Mark Plunkett on winter crops, spring crops, spring beans, beet and maize.
Drought impact on Tillage farms
Teagasc estimate the output from the cereal sector in Ireland is expected to reduce by at least €100 million this year following the effects of the prolonged drought which has severely affected crops in the eastern half of the country.
5 Minutes to get your Cash Flowing
Teagasc are highlighting the importance of Cash Flow Planning as a vital business tool that all farmers should engage in. A series of videos, articles and support tools are now available on the Teagasc website.
The current research findings in dairy calf to beef systems at Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Since 2013 there has been research in dairy calf to beef systems in Teagasc Johnstown Castle and on this episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, Ruth Dunne, research technologist in Teagasc Johnstown Castle, joins Catherine Egan to discuss the current research findings.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer Donal Keane
Donal and Frederique Keane, Camelton Stud, Summerhill, Co Meath are organic suckler to beef and cereal farmers. A farm walk was due to take place on their farm. Organic Specialist Elaine Leavy got an update from Donal.
Finishing cattle at grass
During the next few months a considerable number of beef cattle will be slaughtered. If you are targeting to slaughter off grass Alan Dillon, Cattle Specialist has some useful advice.
Grass10 Weekly Update - 16 June
Grass10 update this week has information on: PastureBase Ireland current performance; Predicted Growth Rate; Two recommendations - Areas that have received rain & Areas that have still not received rain and the Social Media Takeover of Trevor Boland, Suckler Category Grassland Farmer of the Year 2019.
Virtual Farm Walk on Award Winning Dairy Farm
The Hearne family, who farm at Ballinacurra, Rathgormack, Co. Waterford, were the 2019 National Winners of the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. A ‘Virtual Farm Walk’ webinar will take place on this award winning farm on Tuesday, 30th June this year.
Using a creep gate to creep graze lambs
Creep grazing is extremely useful when grass supplies are tight & during dry spells. Hugh Rooney, Teagasc Drystock Advisor highlights the advantages of creep grazing & explains how to set up creep grazing for lambs.
Finishing lambs from grass only
One of the biggest challenges for sheep farmers is to finish lambs as quickly as possible from grass. Edward Egan, Teagasc Drystock Advisor in Meath has some advice and information.
Meet our People - Rebecca Tierney
The Teagasc Poultry Advisor, Rebecca Tierney is based in the advisory office in Ballyhaise County Cavan. Rebecca is making a name for herself with the pioneering ‘Let’s Talk Poultry webinars. In the first of our ‘Meet our People’ series Rebecca tells us a little about herself and the work she carries out.
Considering the hard-to-see traits when selecting replacements
A lot of flocks have started the process of selecting their replacement ewe lambs for this season and with this in mind we’re joined by Dr Fiona McGovern on this week's episode of OviCast who shares some of her insights in the area.
Teagasc announce details of ‘Virtual Beef Week’
Teagasc are holding a ‘Virtual Beef Week’ from Monday 6th to Friday 10th July, to demonstrate best practice and communicate the latest research results relevant to beef farmers.
Diagnose before you dose
Resistance to dosing products is of increasing concern. It is therefore incumbent on farmers to ensure that they are using the right product at the right rate at the right time. Dairy specialist Stuart Childs has some useful advice
Grass 10 Champion Bryan Daniels on running a sustainable and profitable dairy farm
Dairy farmer and Grass 10 champion Bryan Daniels joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's episode of The Dairy Edge to give his insights into running a sustainable and profitable dairy farm.
Farm Buildings – Busy six months ahead
The number of applications from farmers for the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) was the highest to date. The scheme is operated by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine closed for applications in early June. Teagasc Buildings Specialist Tom Fallon has more information.
Kildalton College Virtual Open Day
Kildalton College Virtual Open Day took place on June 4th - Three sessions were held covering the agriculture, horticulture and equine courses.
Enhancing soil carbon sequestration to contribute to carbon neutrality on Irish farms
Carbon stored in soils is often called soil organic carbon and it is good for soils. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and storing it in plant material or soil. Researchers Donal O’Brien and Gary Lanigan have more information on carbon sequestration.
Lets Talk Dairy Webinar - Sustainable Dairy Farming
The planned farm walk on the farm of Tom & David Fennelly, Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farm participants couldn't take place due to Covid19 restrictions. However, instead they participated in a Virtual Farm Walk through the use of social media and zoom.
Farm Forests – Delivering on Biodiversity and Water Quality
Farm forests are a multi-functional resource – delivering for timber production, as a land use resource and offering favourable financial returns. Forestry Specialist Tom Houlihan gives information on their contribution to biodiversity and water quality.
Summer Season – Keeping up with the Grass Plant!
Maintaining adequate high quality grass mid-season is the most cost effective way of achieving good animal performance - Anne O’Malley, Drystock Advisor in Ballina has some advice.
College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens - Virtual Open Day
On Wednesday, 3 June the College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens held the first Teagasc College - Virtual Open Day. This virtual event allowed potential students to hear from college staff and gain an insight into the courses on offer in the college.
Irish Pig Production - Infographic
Infographic outlining the performance and population of pigs, the economy and export values for pigs and a profile of the average pig.
Farm Roadway Quality Indicators
Effort should be given to maintaining roadways to a high standard. This in turn reduces impediments to cow movement and will lower contaminated material that is a source of pollution. Researchers Paul Rice, Owen Fenton, Karen Daly, John Murnane and Patrick Tuohy give more information.
Tillage Update - 11th June
Included in the crops update this week is information on support from Teagasc, winter and spring cereals, listen to the latest Tillage Edge Podcast episode focusing on crop inspection and watch videos on disease control advice for potatoes.
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - A rider's perspective on eventing
Teagasc Equine Specialist, Wendy Conlon was joined by Sam Watson, Ballybolger Stud and Camilla Speirs, Kildare for the second webinar in our Let's Talk Equine series.
Pig Research Update - SOWWEANWEL
This project is a collaboration between Teagasc & the Institute of Genetics & Animal Biotechnology, Poland. It investigates the risk factors for chronic stress in gestating sows. Martyna Lagoda, PhD Candidate working on the SOWWEANWEL project tells us more.
LIFE BEEF CARBON: Climate Smart Beef Production
The LIFE BEEF CARBON project aims to cut beef’s carbon footprint at low cost with minimal impact on soil health, water quality, air quality and biodiversity. Researchers Jonathan Herron and Donal O’Brien have some more information on the project
How to deal with broad leaf weed control and herbicide resistance issues
On the Teagasc Tillage Edge podcast this week, Michael Hennessy was joined by Liz Glynn of Corteva, who chatted about broad leaf weed control and herbicide resistance issues in Ireland.
Let's Talk Poultry Webinar - Mitigating bird flu with better biosecurity
The first webinar in the "Let's Talk Poultry" series for Irish poultry producers in collaboration with Alltech which took place on Wednesday, 3rd June. This webinar had presentations from Joe O’Flaherty, DAFM & James Greaves - Broiler and Broiler Breeder Consultant.
Summer Mastitis – Prevention and Control
If you are planning to wean autumn calving suckler cows to reduce grass demand, be aware of the risk of summer mastitis due to current weather conditions. Beef specialist Aidan Murray has advice
“Farmers reacting well to grass growth conditions”
Drought conditions causing soil moisture deficits in many areas of the country have made grassland management difficult over the last month. John Maher, head of the Teagasc Grass 10 programme says that farmers are adapting and reacting well to the current grass growing conditions.
Future Farmer Virtual Farm Walk - Thomas & David Fennelly
On Thursday June 11th, Thomas & David Fennelly are giving an insight into their lives as Dairy Farmers in County Laois. They will give regular updates on the Teagasc Twitter and Instagram accounts and also join us for the weekly Let’s talk dairy webinar.
Factors Controlling Transport of Herbicides to Water
Herbicides are intensively applied in Irish agriculture (both grassland and arable) to control weeds and form an essential part of good agricultural management. Johnstown Castle Environment researchers are doing some research on the transport of these herbicides to surface and groundwater resources.
What are the main parasites to be aware of at the moment?
A large number of different gut worm species can infect cattle but most follow a similar life cycle with both free-living and parasitic phases. On this week's episode of the Beef Edge Podcast Dr.Orla Keane, Researcher at Teagasc Grange joins Catherine Egan to discuss anthelmintic usage on beef farms.
Grass10 Weekly Update - 9 June
The 100th Edition of the Grass10 update has information on: PastureBase Ireland current performance; Predicted Growth Rate; Hold grass on farms for now; Steps to hold rotation and hold average farm cover; Fertiliser Strategy; Upcoming Social Media Takeover and video highlighting farmers views on the Grass10 newsletter.
Drought stress following low rainfall levels in late spring 2020
The June Map of the Month compares the average Normalized Difference Moisture Index (NDMI) for the month of May between 2020 and a long-term average between 2009 and 2019. The map shows that in general the north-east is most affected by the drought, while the south west is wetter than usual.
The Data Quality Index and commercial performance recording
Sheep Ireland’s Dr Alan Bohan joins Ciaran Lynch on this week’s episode of OviCast to discuss the Data Quality Index (DQI) and performance recording on commercial farms.
Supplementing lambs with minerals post weaning
Over 55% of Irish sheep farmers supplement their lambs with minerals post weaning. Research has shown that cobalt and selenium are the main trace elements of concern. Athenry researcher Dr Tim Keady gives some advice.
Getting to grips with a cash shortfall
Teagasc specialist Patrick Gowing and Agri-Advisor at Bank of Ireland John Fitzgerald join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge to discuss strategies to cope with the expected shortfall in cash on farms in 2020.
Environment Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team. In this month's edition: GLAS dates for your diary; Sustainable use of grassland herbicides; Consider non-spraying methods first; EIP UPDATE - BRIDE Project.
Dairy Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team. In this month's edition: Enjoyable and easier dairy farming; Summer scour syndrome in calves; Monitor your grass supply during June; Staying up to date with Teagasc; Five steps to managing cash flow through 2020; Health & Safety - Farm deaths rise.
Two bees or not two bees: The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
Many Irish farms perform well in respect of the quantity of wildlife habitats they support. There is nonetheless a decrease in the quantity and quality of habitats and species dependent on agricultural landscapes. Researcher Daire Ó hUallacháin has information on the EU biodiversity strategy.
Sheep Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team. In this month's edition: Grassland; Content for children; Blowfly; Research update - INZAC and breeding flocks at Teagasc Athenry; Weaning; BETTER Farm update - Lamb growth on target and Health & Safety - Farm deaths rise.
Multiple Benefits of a Farm Forest
Forestry is a wonderful resource with many uses and benefits, these include timber production, shade and shelter, biodiversity and recreation and wellbeing. Teagasc forestry advisor Frances McHugh has more information.
Tillage Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition: Spring barley & Winter Wheat Disease control; Grass weed control; Spring oats; Beans; Spring wheat - PGR and disease control; Health & Safety - Farm deaths rise.
More good news for protected urea fertilisers - another formulation confirmed to reduce emissions while retaining yield in temperate grassland
Recent Teagasc research in Johnstown Castle shows that the use of protected urea formulations is an important option for optimising yield while reducing N2O and NH3 emissions.
Beef Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Beef Team. In this month's edition: Grass supply must be monitored; Second-cut silage; BDGP key dates in 2020; Green Acres update; Research Update - Dangerous gasses from silage fermentation; Health & Safety - Farm deaths rise.
Guidance for the second half of the dairy breeding season
Midway through the dairy breeding season Dr. Stephen Butler, Teagasc Moorepark discusses how best to deal with the three different categories of dairy cows present on farms.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 5 June
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomas Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
Forestry Newsletter - June 2020
Get the latest news and advice from the Teagasc Forestry team. In this month's edition topics include: RDS Forest and Woodland Awards; Seasonal management tips; Keep in touch and Research Update - Continuous cover forestry research.
Trafficking intensity index for soil compaction management in grasslands
Soil compaction has been identified as a key threat to soil quality related to grassland management. An intensity index has been developed to assist in managing this compaction. Giulia Bondi & Lilian O Sullivan of Johnstown Castle give more information
Seasonal infertility in pig production
Head of Knowledge Transfer for the Teagasc Pig Development Department, Ciarán Carroll joins Amy Quinn on this episode of The Pig Edge to discuss the topic of seasonal infertility in pig production.
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer Fergal Byrne
Fergal Byrne from Calverstown Little, Dunlavin, Co Kildare, is an organic beef, sheep and cereal farmer. A farm walk was due to take place on his farm this week.
The impact of bovines on watercourses – Creating a Farm Database for Policy Analysis
This study looked at the impact, cost effectiveness and potential benefits of fencing water courses from bovines to improve water quality.
Tillage update June 4th
Included in the crops update this week is the impact of the drought on crops, grass weeds in tillage crops, and blight control in potatoes
How to deal with the current drought effects on spring barley
The Tillage Edge this week is discussing current drought effects on spring barley and the final crop management decisions to be made. Joining Michael Hennessy was Eoin Lyons, Teagasc Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor who told Michael that there is quite a difference in crops across the south east region where he works.
Farmers are frequent Hand-Washers – keep it up to defeat COVID-19
Hand washing is very important in the battle against Covid-19. During their working day farmers wash their hands frequently. Teagasc Health and safety specialists John MC Namara and Francis Bligh have some advice and information
Grass10 Weekly Update - 2nd June
Grass10 update this week has information on: PastureBase Ireland current performance; Predicted Growth Rate; Experiencing high growth rates; Decreased growth rate due to SMD - Key Findings; Video: Barry O’Sullivan, Co. Meath - Holding farm cover.
How to deal with the current drought conditions on farms
Soil moisture deficits (SMD) are really impacting on grass growth in many areas of the country, however it is variable across the country and even within farms. John Maher, Grass10 Campaign Manager joins Catherine Egan on this week's episode of the Beef Edge to discuss actions farmers need to take with current drought conditions on farms.
Virtual Crop Walk
This event had feeds from Cork, Wexford and Meath. A panel in the studio discussed these regional differences and how farmers can best manage crops in their area.
Dealing with grass shortage - reducing demand on sheep farms
There is some rain forecast for later this week, farms that might be short of grass will have to wait for this to have an impact and for grass growth to improve. Sheep specialist Michael Gottstein has some advice for sheep farmers.
Focus on weaning
We are joined by Sheep Specialist Michael Gottstein on this week's episode of OviCast who starts by discussing why it’s important to wean lambs in a timely manner and how leaving lambs on for prolonged period can have an adverse effect on lamb performance and the ewes ability to regain condition.
Sulphur: deficiency, potential to boost growth and advice
There is potential for Sulphur (S) to boost grassland yields. There is onging research in Johnstown Castle on how to optimise this potential. Patrick Forrestal, Claire Aspel and Mark Plunkett have more information and some advice regarding silage and grazing
Tips to reduce the parasite challenge in replacement stock
Vet Niamh Field joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the parasite challenge in young stock. Niamh explains that calves have no immunity to parasites when they are turned out to grass.
Impact of dry weather on County Meath farmer
Barry O'Sullivan's farm in County Meath has been impacted by the current dry weather. Barry gives an overview of the management decisions he has had to make to manage grass and cow performance
Information for dairy farmers dealing with current very dry weather
Dairy specialist Joe Patton has advice on grazing management, some Hints and tips on feeding out forage supplements in dry weather, concentrate feeding guidelines, decision rules on grazing silage crops and options to reduce milking herd demand
Dry Weather Advice for Tillage Farmers
Many crops around the country are under considerable moisture stress at the moment. Ciaran Collins Teagasc crops specialist has some timely advice
Information for drystock farmers dealing with current very dry weather
PastureBase Ireland shows that everywhere is growing some grass. It is vital to act now to ensure that grass supply is managed as early as possible.
Bloom at Home - Summer Annuals
Louise Jones, College Lecturer, Botanic Gardens explains how summer annuals are excellent for adding colour displays around your garden in borders or containers on your patio and balconies for the summer months.
What is in dairy processing wastewater sludge (DPS)?
Very little is known about the volumes dairy processing sludge (DPS) produced, the types of DPS and their nutrient and metal profile. Johnstown Castle Environment researchers S.M. Ashekuzzaman & O. Fenton are doing some research.
Child Safety on Farms
Most children like to be outside helping on the farm. It is important to remember that farms are not playgrounds and children must be closely supervised and only take part in age appropriate tasks.
Update on the Teagasc Moorepark Grass-Clover Research Programme
Deirdre Hennessy and Ellen Fitzpatrick give an update on Teagasc Moorepark Grass-Clover Research Programme. The grass-white clover research programme at Teagasc Moorepark is comparing herbage and milk production from three pasture-based systems.
Webinar - Low Carbon Dairy Farming
The ninth in a series of Greenhouse Gas Webinars aimed at Irish Agri Professionals, which took place on Friday, 29th May. James Humphreys, Teagasc Livestock Systems Researcher discussed "Low Carbon Dairy Farming".
Bloom at Home - Trailing petunia
Louise Jones, College Lecturer, Botanic Gardens outlines how trailing Petunias have beautiful colours, amazing trailing habits, and will ensure you have some truly stunning displays in your hanging baskets and containers throughout the summer.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar
Webinar focused on using beef bulls on the dairy herd & staying safe with the stock bull
Improved understanding of soil biology to reduce GHG emissions
Soil microbes are the key drivers of N transformations. Their activity determines to a large extent whether N is retained in a plant available form within soil, or lost to either air or water.
Economic Impact of Covid 19 on Irish Agriculture Webinar
During this live interactive webinar on the possible impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in Ireland this year speakers from Teagasc and ESRI discussed how might the emergency impact on incomes across agriculture in 2020?
Bloom at Home - Hanging Baskets
Louise Jones, College Lecturer, Botanic Gardens gives an overview of planting 14” hanging baskets
Optimal soil phosphorus reduces greenhouse gas emissions
Environment research in Johnstown Castle investigated the effect of long term P fertilisation on emissions of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide in a number of experiments.
Let's Talk Cattle & Sheep Webinar- Reducing Lameness in Sheep
The second webinar in the 'Let's Talk Cattle & Sheep' series which took place on Wednesday, 27th May, which dealt with reducing lameness in sheep
Pig Manure: A Valuable Fertiliser - Infographic
It is well known that farmers can make substantial savings in fertiliser costs by using pig manure to grow their grass and tillage crops. This infographic outlines how pig manure is counted as being a valuable fertiliser.
Bloom at Home - Garden of Hope at Bloom 2017
This time 3 years ago we were celebrating with our horticulture colleagues when our garden won gold medal & best in show in medium size category. Here’s a short time lapse of the hard work and determination that went into the Garden of Hope with Pieta House.
Let's Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Using Beef Bulls on the Dairy Herd
This week’s webinar discussed using beef bulls on the dairy herd and staying safe around the stock bull.
Your Forest and Your Well Being
Forests can provide a wonderful setting, allowing you to connect with nature and experience a range of positive benefits for the body mind and soul,
Newford Farm Round Bale Silage Update
Iarlaith Collins, farm manager & Michael Fagan, technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry give a brief update on one of the out farms regarding first cut round bale silage.
Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
Peat soils behave differently to mineral soils for certain nutrients such as phosphorous. What is the best approach to take to ensure fertiliser P applications get utilised by the grass or crop?
‘Let’s Talk Poultry’ - Teagasc and Alltech launch webinar series to tackle poultry industry issues
Ireland’s poultry industry will gain industry insights over a four-part webinar series beginning Wednesday, 3 June, at 2pm. Hosted by Teagasc, with support from animal nutrition company, Alltech; prominent topics such as avian influenza, gut health and layer management will be examined.
Reducing the environmental hoof print in dairy, beef and sheep
What is the latest research into reducing livestock emissions? Donagh Berry quantitative geneticist and director of VistaMilk gives more some information.
Tips & advice for potato agronomy at this time of year
Dr. Denis Griffin, Potato Breeder in Oak Park, Teagasc joined Michael Hennessy on this episode of the Tillage Edge to discuss tips and advice for potato agronomy.
Tillage Update May 28th
Included in this weeks update is the Virtual Crop walk, the variation in spring crops due to rainfall variation, spring beans, grass weeds and the mangold fly in fodder beet,
Ballyhaise Farm Update
The dairy herd in Ballyhaise is a research herd. The research programme is running, in conjunction with Moorepark dairy research centre. Donal Patton gives and update on the herd and the grassland management
Chemistry without chemicals? - Can we use light to measure lime requirement in soil?
There are a number of methods to measure the lime requirement in soil. Many of these need chemical reagents, and extraction or titrations to be carried out. An alternative using no chemicals is spectroscopy or ‘green chemistry’
Questions and Answers with Organic Farmer John Hurley, Co. Roscommon
John Hurley is from Knockalaughta, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon. He is an organic suckler cow and sheep farmer. He was due to have a farm walk on his farm. Organic Specialist Dan Clavin got an update from John.
An update from Kildalton College on the breeding season to date
John O’Connor, Kildalton College Beef farm manager, joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge to give an update on the breeding season to date.
Second cut silage – What are the options for beef farmers?
Rain did fall in many parts of the country last week yet soil moisture deficits have not improved for most parts of the country
Grass10 Weekly Update - 26th May
Grass10 update this week has information on: PastureBase Ireland current performance; Areas that have received rain/heavy soils; Growth has reduced due to Soil Moisture Deficit; Options to hold rotation and match growth & demand; Soil Moisture Deficit (SMD) report.
Effective Footbath Sheep Facilities
We are joined by Sheep Specialist Damian Costello on the latest episode of OviCast who starts by discussing the role of good footbath facilities in a lameness control programme and why batch footbaths are preferable.
Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farms - Lamb performance from birth to 7 weeks old
Weighing Lambs at 7 weeks is crucial to assessing the ewe flock and it also gives a picture as to how the lambs are performing. BETTER Sheep Farmer, Shane Moore from Co. Roscommon gives an update from his farm.
Soil pH - What is it and how do we measure it?
Soil pH is a measure of hydrogen ion (H+) activity in the soil solution. Maintaining the soil pH at the optimum level increases the microbiological activity of the soil and results in better soil nutrient recycling/availability
The INZAC Flock - Update May 2020
The Ireland New Zealand across breed animal comparison study (INZAC flock) aims to validate the Irish maternal (Replacement) genetic sheep index and to compare Irish versus New Zealand genetically elite animals. Fiona McGovern and Henry Walsh give an update on the flock.
Gut Relations: Fermented foods are tightly linked to the gut microbiome
Fermented foods can be a primary source of potentially probiotic lactic acid bacteria (LAB) for the human gut, as is shown in a new international study published in Nature Communications.
Calculating the Breakeven Milk Price
A simple tool that can be used by farmers to assess the impact of low milk prices on their farm is to calculate the breakeven point. Patrick Gowing has advice and information on how to do this calculation.
Young Farmer of the Year Liam Hanrahan and achieving top performance on a heavy farm
Young Farmer of the Year Liam Hanrahan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give an insight into his farming career, his research findings and future plans.
Top 5 tips to reduce parasite issues with dairy calves
Moving calves from a milk based diet indoors to a grass based diet outdoors can be create pproblems. Martina Gormley, Niamh Field & Donal Patton have some top tips to cope with the situation
Timing of the Final Fungicide in Oats
Final fungicide in winter oats is critical to prevent diseases such as mildew and crown rust from infecting the panicle which will affect grain quality and yield.
Is there an opportunity now to hire good staff?
Are you thinking of employing someone to help out on your farm? There are a number of legal requirements you should be aware of and adhere to. Five are outlined here.
Contract Heifer Rearing
Contract heifer rearing is an option worth considering for both dairy and drystock farmers offering benefits to both.
Teagasc Oak Park Crops Update
In this video we get a quick look at some of the commercial crops in Oak Park in the 3rd week of May with John Hogan & Dermot Forristal outlining some of the crop management strategies to date.
Distribution of Cultivated Peat Soils
The May map of the month looks at the distribution of cultivated peat soils. The map is presented at 1km square scale- each 1km cell is coded for the percentage of cultivated peats in the cell.
What is in Farm Roadway Runoff?
Roadway Runoff contents within 100 m of the farmyard or where roadway configuration or quality impedes cow movement along the network are not dissimilar to dilute slurry or dairy soiled water.
Use of Protected Urea - Webinar
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Training Webinar with David Wall and Patrick Forrestal who focused on the Use of Protected Urea.
Teagasc celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity
Friday 22 May is the United Nations International Day for biological Diversity. Farming in a sustainable manner is essential to maintain biodiversity in farmed habitats
Safety at Silage Appeal
The months of May, June, July and August coincide with peak harvesting and transporting of silage on Irish farms. There is extra machinery on our roads and farms so extra caution is needed by all parties
Rewarding forestry and farming working together
Successfully integrating forestry and farming can have rich sustainability dividends. The RDS Teagasc Farm Forestry Award recognises farmers who are leading the way.
Antimicrobial use and resistance in pig production
The topical area of antimicrobial use and resistance in pig production is covered by Amy Quinn on the latest Pig Edge podcast with Teagasc PhD student Lorcan O’Neill.
Tillage Update - 21st May
This week there are updates on the impact on crops of below average rainfall; common nutrient deficiencies in crops; watch videos on chocolate spot control in beans and weed control in fodder beet; listen to the latest podcast on grass weeds.
Do we need to call on the lessons learned in the summer of 2018?
There is rain expected in the west and northwest over the next few days. This will help alleviate the current Soil Moisture Deficit somewhat. The east coast is expected to see very little rain.
Feeding in summer drought conditions
Although there is rain forecast parts of the country may get little or no rain. Teagasc specialist Joe Patton has advice regarding grass and feeding in drought conditions
Dealing with tillage grass weeds including wild oats and blackgrass
Tillage grass weeds including wild oats and blackgrass were the topic for discussion on this week’s Tillage Edge and Michael Hennessy was joined by Jimmy Staples, manager of the Enable Conservation Agriculture project in Teagasc.
Why are sugar and nitrate levels in your silage important?
To ensure good silage fermentation the target sugar content is 3% or higher and this is measured in Teagasc offices using a refractometer. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist tells us more.
Bulls are dangerous animals. They must be treated with caution and respect even when they seem to be good tempered. John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists explain further.
Pat Collins, Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme participant gives an update on his progress
The second phase of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme was launched in April 2019. Pat Collins programme participant joins Catherine Egan on the latest episode of the Beef Edge Podcast to give an update on his progress.
Teagasc ask farmers to be ‘bee friendly’
Bees need flowers and on World Bee Day, Teagasc reminds farmers to allow space for common wildflowers to grow and flower on farms. A diversity of common flowering plants is needed in hedgerows, field margins, field corners, along farm roadways and around farmyards.
Grass10 Weekly Update - 19th May
Grass10 update this week has information on: Current PastureBase performance; Predicted Growth Model; Heavy soils & farms that received rain; Farms where growth is declining due to SMD; Soil moisture deficit data.
Why monitor water quality so often?
The Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) has been monitoring water quality in the river outlets of six catchments every 10 minutes for over 10 years. Per-Erik Mellander and the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) team tell us more.
Shearing season underway
In this episode of OviCast we catch up with George Graham Campion sheep shearer. George starts by outlining how the current restrictions are changing the way shearers are operating this season.
Weather Impacts on the Agricultural Catchments Programme
We are all well aware that our weather and climate have a major influence on agricultural production. The Agricultural Catchments Programme (ACP) have been studying the influence of agriculture on water quality for over ten years in six small intensively farmed areas.
Chlorates - Chlorine-free cleaning of milking equipment
Chlorine will no longer be used in milking equipment cleaning products or protocols by the end of 2020. David Gleeson, Milk Quality Research Officer tells us more.
Research update - Alternative forages finishing hill and store lambs
Progress is underway on an experiment investigating the options for finishing hill and store lambs on forage based diets. In this video Frank Campion, Teagasc Sheep gives us an insight into the project.
Blowfly Control in Sheep Flocks
Flystrike is a production limiting, costly and sometimes fatal condition in sheep. When it comes to Blowfly strike the aim should really be to prevent it from happening in the first place. Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc tells us more.
Newford Farm Beef Yearlings & Suckler Calves Update
Michael Fagan, technician to the Newford Farm gives an update on the Newford suckler calves and the Newford yearling bullocks and heifers
Five steps to managing cash flow through 2020
Every dairy farmer should evaluate their business to ensure the effect of the current uncertainty in markets is minimised
Nutrition for peak milk production
Dairy specialist Joe Patton joins Emma-Louise Coffey on the latest Dairy Edge to discuss the nutrition requirements of dairy cows at peak milk production.
Three weeks into the breeding season
On average nationally only 71% of cows and 78% of heifers are bred in the first three weeks and on the average farm a low 6-week calving rate is costing €200/cow. What can you do at this stage in the breeding season?
Bonus Ep: Winter Wheat Virtual Crop Walk
On this bonus episode of the Tillage Edge, we're bringing you our virtual crop walk from Oak Park focusing on winter wheat.
Wild Bird Cover providing a giant bird-table
The purpose of growing wild bird cover crops is to provide seed for birds during the winter when demand is highest. Catherine Keena, Countryside Management Specialist, Teagasc tells us more.
Reducing Slurry Emissions Webinar
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Training Webinar with Mark Plunkett and David Wall who focused on Reducing Slurry Emissions.
The Birch and Alder Improvement Programme
The development of birch as a commercial forestry tree species supports government policy in the desire to increase diversity in Irish forestry. Oliver Sheridan, Forestry Researcher with Teagasc Ashtown, discusses the commercial development of Birch in Ireland on a recent episode of The Research Field Podcast.
Winter Wheat T2 Disease Control
The T2 fungicide applied at flag leaf in winter wheat is hugely important. Steven Kildea, plant pathologist at Oak park explains how to weave your way through this minefield of choice to select the most effective programme.
Instagram Live with Teagasc Grass10 & PastureBase Ireland
John Douglas Grass10, and Micheal O’Leary PastureBase Ireland, were on hand on the Teagasc Instagram account to answer questions which farmers had in relation to grazing management and using PastureBase at this time of year.
Suckler Breeding Targets Webinar
The first webinar in the 'Let's Talk Cattle & Sheep' series. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Cattle Specialist gave a presentation on 'Suckler Breeding Targets'
Let's Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Protected Urea & Weaning Calves
On this first webinar, Stuart Childs spoke to Patrick Forrestal about protected urea and Emer Kennedy about weaning calves.
Time to Check Slats
The lifespan of slats done to grant specification is about 20 years. Intensive use of slats, slurry reaching them, stocking with bulls etc. will shorten the lifespan of the slats.
Early Season Disease Control in Spring Barley
In this video Eoin Lyons, Teagasc Crops explains when the timing is right to apply the first fungicide.
Teagasc Pig Research Facility Update - 15 May
Video in a series by the Teagasc Pig Development Department. Tomas Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
Bonus Ep: Spring Barley Virtual Crop Walk
On this bonus episode of the Tillage Edge, we're bringing you our virtual crop walk from Oak Park focusing on spring barley.
Sustainable Use of Grassland Herbicides
It is essential for farmers to take great care and follow best practice procedures when using pesticides, in particular applying grassland herbicides. Kieran Kenny, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor tells us more.
Teagasc ‘Food Industry Development’ Webinar Series
Teagasc are starting a series of food industry development webinars, commencing on Tuesday morning, the 19th May at 9.30am.
"Enjoyable and Easier Dairy Farming"
Six dairy farmers who are focused on making their farm more enjoyable and easier and have been sharing their experiences of their farm practices weekly for the last three months.
Tillage Update - 14th May
Get the latest advice on winter and spring crops. Watch recordings from the recent Virtual Crop Walk in Teagasc Oak Park and watch a video on the best strategies for wild oat control in cereals. Fill out a grass weeds survey.
Advisory service to work with farmers to help improve water quality
In Ireland all water policy and management is led by the Water Framework Directive. Under this directive Ireland has been set a target of achieving ‘good status’ for all waters in Ireland. Noel Meehan gives information on an advisory service for farmers.
Prospects for Crops for the Year Ahead
John Spink, Head of the Crops Environment and Land Use Programme in Teagasc joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to chat about the difficulties of getting trials into the ground this year and the prospects for crops for the year ahead.
Dairy Beef Index (DBI)
The Dairy Beef Index (DBI) is a breeding tool developed by Teagasc and ICBF which was launched in 2019. Brendan Garry and John Conroy, Teagasc Mayo give an overview of the DBI and outline the benefits to dairy farmers and beef farmers.
The key information farmers need to be aware of for the final year of BDGP
As we approach the final year of the Beef Data Genomics Programme 1 with over 22,500 participants, Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist, joins Catherine Egan on this weeks's episode of the Beef Edge Podcast to discuss the key dates farmers need to be aware of this year.
Bonus Ep: Winter Barley Virtual Crop Walk
On this bonus episode of the Tillage Edge podcast, we're bringing you our virtual crop walk from Oak Park focusing on winter barley.
Grass10 Weekly Update - 12th May
Grass10 update this week has information on: Current PastureBase performance; Predicted Growth Model; Grass quality rewarding farmers; Upcoming Calf to Beef & Sheep Social Media Takeovers & Dealing with a soil moisture deficit.
Blowfly Control in Sheep
As we approach the high risk period for blowfly, we are joined by Teagasc Advisor, Tom Coll on this week's episode of OviCast Teagasc Sheep Podcast who discusses the topic in more detail.
In this video, Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep, Teagasc explains that there's a number of different options in terms of the control, treatment and prevention of blowfly strike in sheep.
Sustainable Dairy: The role of white clover
Teagasc Moorepark has quantified the potential of white clover to improve the sustainability of milk production. It poses a promising environmental impact mitigation measure for pasture-based dairy systems.
10 steps to making better quality silage
Silage makes up a least a quarter of the annual diet on most beef and dairy farms. Quality ranges from 58% to 78% dry matter digestibility (DMD) nationally, but average quality remains poor at around 65% DMD. What can be done to improve average quality?
Newford Breeding 2020
Iarlaith Collins farm manager on Newford Suckler demonstration farm in Athenry gives a brief update the breeding season so far on this earlier maturing herd
Minimising the spread of mastitis in mid-lactation
Milk quality specialist Don Crowley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge Podcast to discuss how to minimise the spread of mastitis in mid-lactation.
Water quality: the role of sediment
Excessive sediment can significantly impact the condition of freshwater habitats, resulting in a deterioration of water quality. It can have a greater impact than more standard pollutants such as phosphorus and nitrogen
Calf Rearing Update - Teagasc Moorepark
Emer Kennedy and JP Murphy give an update on the progress to date of the 2020 born calves in the dairy research farm at Teagasc Moorepark. Emer also gives an overview of the research projects which are taking place on the farm.
Jessy's Smart Kids - Summer 2020
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. Check it out here for fun tips and games on how to keep your little ones safe on the farm.
Docks have the capability of producing over 60,000 seeds per mature plant. Docks need to be controlled as they will reduce grass production; they are unpalatable and will reduce silage quality.
Maintaining the Derogation - Webinar
Guest speaker Jack Nolan, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) discussed maintaining the Derogation – the changes we need to see for a credible case.
Lameness treatment - Footbathing
Tom Coll, Teagasc outlines why you should footbath your sheep and also gives an overview of the steps you should take in the preparation of creating your footbath.
Soils - the multifunctional resource
Soil is no longer considered only the media for food production. It is also a resource for a range of ecosystem services including nutrient cycling; carbon sequestration and climate regulation; water purification; and a habitat for biodiversity. Giulia Bondi and Lilian OSullivan tells us more
Developing Ireland’s bioeconomy
RURAL ECONOMY: Maeve Henchion tells us about the bioeconomy and the research being done in Teagasc to support its development.
Let's Talk Dairy - Webinar
On this weeks Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, host Stuart Childs spoke to Patrick Forrestal on fitting protected urea into your fertiliser programme and to Emer Kennedy on calf weaning tips
Looking up in woods - some blue sky thinking
This video asks you to consider the benefits of trees and how we can each play our part in increasing the level of forest cover in Ireland.
The Key Findings from the 2019 Teagasc National Pig Herd Performance Report
Teagasc Specialised Pig Advisor Ger McCutcheon joins Amy Quinn on the latest episode of the Pig Edge to discuss the newly released Teagasc National Pig Herd Performance Report which outlines the key performance indicators and their trends for the 2019 year.
Pig Herd Performance 2019 Infographic
This infographic summarises some of the main results from the 2019 National Pig Herd Performance Report. A main feature of the infographic is the comparison of a number of the 2019 statistics with those of 2017 and 2018.
National Pig Herd Performance Report 201
This report details the performance of the pig farms participating in the Teagasc e-Profit Monitor (ePM) in 2019. Data is from 94 herds representing over 78,000 sows or 52% of the total Irish sow herd.
Disease Control in Spring Barley
On the Teagasc Tillage Edge podcast this week, Michael Hennessy was joined by Deirdre Doyle, Technologist in Oak Park, Carlow who chatted about disease control in spring barley.
Tillage Update May 7th
Get the latest advice on disease control in cereals and weed control in maize, potatoes and beet. Videos are on timing the final fungicide on winter barley, ramularia control and best practice for weed control in potatoes.
Tillage Newsletter - May 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Crops team. In this month's edition topics include: Winter wheat; beans; Spring barley disease control; Winter oats; products being prohibited in 2020 & Winter barley.
Monitoring the Young Bull
Doreen Corridan, Munster Bovine highlights the importance of monitoring the young bull throughout the breeding season. It is very easy to miss cows in heat so it is important to use a monitoring device such as a chin ball, scratch pads or scanning.
Agricultural nitrous oxide emissions: How animal excreta and fertiliser management fit together
Agriculture produces 90% of N2O in Ireland, mainly through synthetic fertilisers, animal excreta and slurry. All these materials contain nitrogen (N), and part of this N is lost to the atmosphere as a result of agricultural activities. Dominika Krol, Teagasc Johnstown Castle tells us more.
Andrew and Leonie Workman Dunany Flour Organic, Co Louth
Andrew and Leonie grow, mill, package and distribute their organic wheat, rye and spelt direct from their farm. Oats are also grown on contract for the organic porridge market.
Keeping Dairy Beef Calves Thriving at Grass
It is essential that the calves are well prepared for being let out to grass. They should be put out to grass when they are strong enough and the weather is mild.
Beef Newsletter - May 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Beef team. In this month's edition, topics include: BEEP-S; Easing dairy-beef calves to grass; Making quality silage and Improve your six-week calving rate
The importance of silage quality on beef farms and the steps farmers can take to improve it
As the silage season fast approaches, Joe Patton joins Catherine Egan on the latest episode of The Beef Edge Podcast to discuss the importance of silage quality on beef farms.
Grass10 Weekly Update - 5th May
Grass10 update this week has information on: Current PastureBase performance; Predicted Growth Model; Walk the farm– keep the right grass ahead of livestock; slurry and fertiliser messages & more.
Making high DMD silage
In this week's episode of OviCast, Teagasc Sheep Podcast, we are joined by Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist who discusses some of the key steps in producing high DMD silage.
Removing surplus - Keeping grass supply on track
We have seen a big change in the grass situation on most sheep farms around the country in recent weeks. There has been an increase in growth rate and as a result we now see a surplus on farms.
The Dairy sector response to COVID-19
Teagasc’s Chief Economist Kevin Hanrahan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's Dairy Edge to discuss how Covid-19 is impacting on the Irish Dairy Sector.
Why less is more when it comes to grass management
Target to complete 6 rotations between early to mid-April and mid-August. This can be achieved by sticking to a 20 day rotation. the best way to manage grass is to walk the farm weekly and enter the figures on Pasturebase Ireland
Sheep Newsletter - May 2020
In this months edition get information and advice on: Grassland management, flock health, EuroSheep, BETTER Farm Update, Time for a drenching, Research Update, Lambing finished, grass growth improved
Farming, COVID-19 and your Mental Health
Half of all people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Farming can be a lonely occupation. Many daily jobs are performed alone. Social isolation can have a negative effect on mental health. Social distancing due to COVID 19 will increase the risk of isolation.
Setting the targets for spring breeding
Abstract Nationally only 65% of cows and heifers calve during the first six weeks of the calving season, ideally this should be at 90%
Increasing the value of your 2021 calf crop using the Dairy Beef Index
In the fourth of our series of online breeding seminars, Dr. Siobhan Ring, ICBF outlined how the Dairy Beef index is constructed. Dr. Noirin McHugh, Teagasc Moorepark discussed the Active Bull List for Beef AI sires.
Dairy Adivsory Newsletter - May 2020
Topics include: Feeding for fertility; Breeding under #COVID19; 1,400 is the magic number; Monitoring SCCs & Health & Safety: Your silage safety checks.
Teagasc Kildalton College
A brief overview of college life and courses at Teagasc Kildalton College including Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine Studies.
Piece of Cake?
TEAGASC research aims to comprehend the influence of ingredient and process manipulations on the sensory quality of bakery products. Emer C. Garvey and Kieran Kilcawley give more information
Selecting your Bull Team - Webinar
In the third of our series of online breeding seminars, Professor Donagh Berry, Teagasc Moorepark outlined the rationale behind selecting a team of bulls for the coming breeding season.
Ramularia Control in Winter Barley
In this video, Steven Kildea, Teagasc Crops discusses when it is time to apply the final spray and also highlights how to protect those leaves that are going to contribute to yield.
Pig Manure: A Valuable Fertiliser
Farmers can make substantial savings in fertiliser costs by using pig manure to grow their grass and tillage crops. Pig slurry is an organic fertiliser. It has a value because of the nutrients that it can supply for crop growth
Planning ahead is key to safe silage management
Silage making goes-on throughout the summer period. This article highlights key areas needing attention to avoid injuries at these times.
Teagasc announce ‘Let’s Talk Dairy’ Weekly Webinar Series
Teagasc are commencing a series of weekly dairy webinars, ‘Let’s Talk Dairy’, every Thursday morning at 10.30 am.
Something old, something new
Research funded by TEAGASC and SFI into grassland management histories has led to the discovery of a number of new archaeological sites
Today's Farm - May/June 2020
Today’s Farm is a bi-monthly publication which includes advice and information on the various farming enterprises.
Using sprayers efficiently
Your sprayer, whether it’s a large new trailed sprayer or a second-hand unit, has the task of applying the product evenly. Dermot Forristal, Teagasc Crops has some advice on using it efficiently.
Weed Control Strategies in Spring Barley
Eoin Lyons, Teagasc/Boortmalt Joint Programme Advisor joins Michael Hennessy on this week’s episode of The Tillage Edge podcast to discuss weed control strategies in spring barley.
Tillage Update April 29th
Get the latest advice on weed control in spring cereals, using sprayers efficiently and bean weevil control in spring beans. Our latest videos are on wild oat control in cereals, bean weevil in spring beans and using sprayers efficiently.
Questions and Answers with Frank O’Brien
Frank from Ballybroder, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath is an organic drystock and tillage farmer. A farm walk was due to take place today, Wednesday 29th April. Dan Clavin, Organic Specialist got an update from Frank on what has been happening on the farm this year.
Grass10 Weekly Update - 28 April
Grass10 update this week has information on: PastureBase performance; rain is forecast - walk the farm and monitor growth; fertiliser and slurry message & more.
Training the Young Bull
BEEF: Doreen Corridan, Munster Bovine gives an overview of the steps you should take when training a new bull for mating and highlights the importance of having the bull fertility tested.
An update on the Teagasc Grange dairy calf-to-beef system trial
Nicky Byrne, Researcher in Teagasc Grange joins Catherine Egan on this week’s The Beef Edge to give an update on the latest results from the dairy calf-to-beef system trial.
What happens to your soil sample when it comes into a lab?
Soil is a major source of nutrients needed by plants for growth. How is the soil sample sent into a lab tested for the three main nutrients NP & K.
Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sheep sector
Dr. Kevin Hanrahan, Teagasc joins Ciaran Lynch on this week's Ovicast to discuss how the global recession will impact the Agri-sector with a particular focus on the sheep industry. Michael Gottstein, Teagasc highlights key areas where costs can be reduced and where the easy gains can be made.
Covid-19: Distribution of Populations with Higher Risks
RURAL ECONOMY: The April Map of the Month shows the concentration of populations that are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and highlights those areas that could be severely impacted by an infection if it were to spread within their populations.
Importance of quality silage for sheep
Research carried out in Teagasc Athenry has highlighted the potential to reduce amount of concentrates fed to ewes in late pregnancy when high feed value silage is available.
Temporary Fencing for Sheep
SHEEP: With grass growth increasing on sheep farms now is the ideal time to think about sub dividing fields to maintain grass quality.
Summertime brings Risk, manage Farm Safety
Provisional H.S.A. figures up to April 23rd 2020 show that 7 persons have lost their lives in farm workplace related accidents. Tractors and machinery are key
Why Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are important for dairy farms
DAIRY: Teagasc Specialist Francis Quigley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's episode of The Dairy Edge to discuss the role of SOPs on dairy farms and their importance.
Body condition score cows to identify ones for extra care
DAIRY: Body conditiono is critical to a successful breeding season. It is important to body condition score all the animals in the herd.
Steps to improve land drainage capacity
ENVIRONMENT: Drainage systems need to be maintained. A maintenance plan should be put in place for both in-field and open drains, focusing on areas susceptible to blockages.
Getting more from milk
Genetics can provide Ireland with the means to reduce the emissions from, and increase the productivity of, our national dairy herd.Sinead McParland, a quantitative geneticist at Teagasc Moorepark, describes how this can be achieved and incorporated into the Economic Breeding Index.
Long Term Land Leasing
FARM MANAGEMENT: Leasing land long term has many advantages for both the landowner (lessor) and active farmer (lessee) utilising the land.
The PATHSURVPIG project
PIG: Teagasc Researcher Maria Costa joins Amy Quinn on this episode of the Pig Edge to discuss the completed PATHSURVPIG project.
Sheep Research Demonstration farm Athenry - Update
SHEEP: Research to date shows that including white clover in the sward relative to perennial ryegrass alone results in lambs reaching slaughter weight faster
Protected Urea – why now?
ENVIRONMENT: Teagasc research has shown that protected urea nitrogen fertiliser offers the single largest emission reduction potential to Irish farmers.
Teagasc Pig Research Farm Update- 23 April 2020
PIGS: Tomas Ryan farm manager in the Teagasc Pig Research Facility gives us an update on what's been happening in the unit.
TILLAGE: Get the latest advice on spring & winter cereals; disease control & plant growth regulator programmes; nitrogen for feed & malting barley. Checkout our Podcast and latest videos.
Start Your Second Grazing Rotation
BEEF: Growth is now outstripping demand for most farmers. Look at the regrowth on the first couple of paddocks grazed, are they ready to be grazed again?
Soil Spectroscopy at Teagasc Johnstown Castle
ENVIRONMENT: Spectroscopy is an analytical technique that uses light to analyse a sample. Johnstown castle use the interaction of light with soil to give useful information
Grass10 Weekly Update
GRASSLAND: Grass10 update this week has information on - PastureBase performance, Take off in growth- make the key decisions; Grass Report on PBI App & Current Fertiliser Strategy.
Silage Pit and Effluent Management
ENVIRONMENT: Does your silage pit and silage effluent collection and storage facilities meet the standards required by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFM)?
GRASSLAND: Reseeding will Increase the overall productivity of the farm - sales, farm output & silage production.
Feeding for fertility during the breeding season
DAIRY: The quality of feeding in the dry period and early lactation is important in achieving good herd fertility. Joe Patton has advice on getting some key targets right.
Reducing carbon footprint of agriculture
ENVIRONMENT: How can Irish agriculture reduce its carbon emissions – Donal O’Brien gives information on Improving efficiencies, low emission technology and carbon sequestration
White Clover on Organic Farms
ORGANICS: Research has shown that in a productive sward white clover can supply 100-150Kg Nitrogen/ha/year. Find out how to get it established in pastures.
Derrypatrick Herd Update at Teagasc Grange
BEEF: Michael McManus, Research Technician on the Derrypatrick herd, at Teagasc Grange gives an update on the herd, grass management and plans for the next few weeks.
Lower GHG emissions from urine and dung patches than previously thought
ENVIRONMENT: A recent project measured N2O from urine and dung in spring, summer and autumn on well-drained, moderately-drained and imperfectly-drained pasture soils - Dominika Krol tells us more.
Springtime in your forest
FORESTRY: Spring is a good time to assess your forest’s condition and plan for the future! Good management will help your trees to realise their full economic and environmental potential. Liam Kelly & Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development Officers.
Tillage Update - April 16th
TILLAGE: Tips on winter cereals; plant growth regulators & disease control advice; nitrogen for malting barley. Podcast on early season disease control in winter wheat. Watch a video on nitrogen timing for spring malting barley.
Fertiliser application: Headland Spreading
CROPS: Headlands make up a large proportion of a field. Headlands often display the greatest variation in fertiliser application.Dermot Forristal outlines why is it important to spread fertiliser evenly on headands?
Fertiliser Advice for Grass Establishment
GRASSLAND: Mark Plunkett specialist in soil and plant nutrition gives some timely advice on soil testing and fertiliser use for grass establishment.
Spreading the benefits – Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS)
ENVIRONMENT: The typical value of 1,000 gallons of cattle slurry applied by low emission slurry spreading (LESS) method in springtime has an available N-P-K content equivalent to a 50 kg bag of 9-5-32.
Parasite challenges in young lambs – Nematodirus & Coccidia
SHEEP: If lambs are infected by the parasites Nematodirus & Coccidia prompt treatment is necessary as they can have immediate and long lasting effects on lambs. Sheep specialist Ciaran Lynch has advice.
Grass10 Weekly Update - 14 April 2020
GRASSLAND: Grass 10 update this week has information on - PastureBase Performance, Predicted Growth Current Pre-Grazing and Cover/LU Targets and Increasing Demand to Maintain Grass Quality on Farms.
Dairy calf-to-beef system evaluation - Teagasc Grange
BEEF: The Teagasc Grange dairy calf-to-beef system evaluation compares the physical and financial performance of three DAIRY-BEEF genetic groups. View video for the latest update
DAIRY: Thermoduric Bacteria are heat resistant bacteria in milk that survive pasteurisation. The most effective way to reduce the number of thermoduric bacteria to remove them at farm level.
New Hedgerow Planting on Teagasc Farms
ENVIRONMENT: The majority of Teagasc farms exceed average of approximately 7% of habitats on intensive farms in Ireland. There are opportunities to increase the quantity.
Tail Biting Risk Factors in Pigs
PIGS: Tail biting is a result of pigs experiencing stress. Stress can come from many sources. The risk factors can be different for each farm. This is why tail biting can be hard to manage.
How to improve likelihood of success with sexed semen in 2020
DAIRY: Sexed semen provides many potential advantages to dairy farmers. The most obvious and compelling reason to use sexed semen is because of the sex bias induced in the calf crop. Stephen Butler, Teagasc, Moorepark has some advice.
Crop Improvement and Speed breeding
TILLAGE: PODCAST - Dheeraj Rathore. The Crop Science department in Teagasc Oak Park is focused on developing cost effective cropping systems to support the profitability and environmental sustainability of Irish tillage farmers
Buffer Strips for Fertiliser Applications - Chemical and Organic
ENVIRONMENT: Farmers must abide by good practice regulations when applying fertilisers. The farmer must also know the relevant buffer zones.A buffer zone is a no spread area which is used for the protection of water against pollution.
Tillage Update - 9 April
TILLAGE: Tips on winter cereals; winter barley nitrogen and disease control advice; growth regulators and diseases; nitrogen for malting barley. VIDEO on winter barley disease control. PODCAST on nitrogen strategies rates
Timely Soil Quality Tips
ENVIRONMENT: Fertiliser nutrients are routinely applied by farmers to achieve high crop yields. The management of soil structural quality is potentially more important. Lilian O’Sullivan and Giulia Bondi have some timely advice
Health & Safety
HEALTH & SAFETY: The Health and safety focus presently is to flatten the Covid 19 curve and keep farm families safe and well. This can create pressure on farms. Get advice and tips from advisor Claire Mooney.
Grass10 Weekly Update - April 7th
GRASSLAND: Grass10 update this week has information on - Pasturebase Ireland performance for the last 7 days; Starting the second rotation; Dealing with surplus grass on farms.
Countdown to breeding season 2020
BEEF: It is important to focus on the upcoming breeding season. Set realistic breeding targets for your farm. Develop a plan to help manage your herd throughout the breeding season.
Grassland re-seeding: how to establish multi-species sward
ENVIRONMENT: There is a lot of interest in multi-species swards at the moment. Guylain Grange from Johnstown Castle research centre gives information and advice for those wanting to sow them.
Tips for milking during COVID-19
DAIRY: Milking is one of the essential tasks on a dairy farm. During these extraordinary times of COVID-19, it is essential to keep yourself and your milkers safe at milking time.
Drones, Satellites & Farm Forecasting
RURAL ECONOMY: The Spatial Analysis unit in Teagasc use Earth Observation technology to help understand the status of Irish agriculture. Here Stuart Green tells us how they use Drones and Satellites for this Farm Forecasting.
California Mastitis Test
DAIRY: The California mastitis test is a simple procedure to help identify high SCC quarters within high cell count cows. It is impossible to identify sub clinical mastitis without this aid.
Overview of Dairy Farms’ Breeding and Calf Marketing Decisions
DAIRY: Three quarters of Irish dairy farmers are willing to support the establishment of a sexed semen laboratory in Ireland to reduce the number of male dairy calves findings of a study conducted by the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and Teagasc.
12 ways the Teagasc Forestry Development Department continues to support you
12 different ways the Teagasc Forestry Development Department continues to support you during these difficult times
Teagasc Tillage Update
TILLAGE: Get some tips on spring barley; winter cereals; winter barley nitrogen advice; growth regulators and diseases. Watch videos on the fertiliser application rates required to match off takes and on fertiliser spreader calibration and set up.
Sheep Management Notes - Grassland Management and Grass Tetany
SHEEP: Advice on how to manage grass supplies until growth rates exceed demand and grass starts to accumulate on your farm. Also, it is important to be aware of grass tetany, which is a common and usually fatal condition that affects lactating ewes.
Planning 1st cut silage on beef farms
BEEF: Having silage of a high quality will ensure good daily weight gain on weanlings and also cut down on meal input on finishing cattle. The decisions made in the next number of weeks on farm will determine the cost of production for up to 6 months next winter.
Standard Operating Procedures
FARM MANAGEMENT: Would someone unfamiliar with your farm know what to do if you became ill with Covid-19? Standard operating procedures are written instructions used to manage variation that is introduced in production systems when different individuals perform tasks in different ways.
Dairy Breeding Advice for Spring 2020
DAIRY: Advice on how to ensure that your breeding season in 2020 is a success. It is important to use heat detection methods, monitor the Body Condition Score (BCS) of your cows and check out any problem cows.
COVID-19: Relevant financial supports for Horticultural Producers and their Employees
Teagasc Horticultural Development Department, in producing this short communication, aim to compile information available from the relevant competent authorities (mainly DBEI) regarding relevant financial business supports being made available by government.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Milking
Many dairy farmers, particularly those using relief milkers write down instructions on how tasks should be done. Farmers who don’t have staff or students might feel they don’t need any instructions. What would happen if the farmer, family member or usual relief milker got Covid-19?
Some recommendations to protect the health of humans, horses and business from the effects of Covid-19
Some simple protocols to put in place for the weeks ahead which will hopefully help those managing equine enterprises to navigate this challenging period
Beef Environment Efficiency Programme-Sucklers (BEEP-S)
The Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme - Suckler is to be of one year’s duration. The Programme will be administered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It will operate throughout the State in respect of eligible beef suckler herds. Participation in the Programme is voluntary.
Pregnancy scanning in sows
Farm manager Tomás Ryan gives an insight into pregnancy scanning in sows and explains about the systems used in the Pig Development Department in Moorepark.
Dealing with adverse events: Covid 19
What is the likelihood of you, or someone you are in close contact with getting Covid 19? It is important to have contingency plans in place in case you, your family or employees get sick.
Derogation Review Changes - Improving environmental outcomes
ENVIRONMENT: If you are one of the 7,000 derogation applicants in 2020 there are eight changes that affect you. You will need to discuss the changes with your Agri-Advisor and put a plan in place to meet these requirements in 2020 and beyond.
Teagasc Tillage Update
TILLAGE: The weather is improving allowing sowing to take place. Get some tips on planting beans. If you are planting spring cereals. plant wheat, oats and malting barley first. Watch the winter barley update and P & K requirements for winter cereals.
COVID-19: Information for Horticultural Producers
HORTICULTURE: Teagasc Horticultural Development Department has compiled a document with information available from the relevant competent authorities and some suggestions for producers to consider in the coming weeks.
Update your spring rotation planner and GET FERTILISER OUT.
BEEF The wet weather of early spring 2020 has disrupted the spring rotation planner. That now needs to be adusted to reflect the circumstances. The application of fertiliser will be critical, see the options.
Second grazing – when to start and how much fertiliser to apply
DAIRY: If you’re behind, use the grass on the first grazed paddocks to decide when to start the second round. On most farms, now is an ideal time to apply fertiliser to boost grass growth. Now is a great time to spread slurry, where possible, using the low emission slurry spreading equipment.
Managing challenging times - Coronavirus Advice Available
FARM HEALTH & SAFETY: It is understandable that farmers would feel anxious with the coronavirus dominating our news and influencing our daily activities. It is important that farmers keep in contact with each other and in particular with elderly farmers
How does your forest grow?
FORESTRY: Tree planting is a significant undertaking, the decisions taken at planting time can determine the results over many years. Questions that should be asked and answered prior to planting
CAP provides important funds for Irish farms
FARM MANAGEMENT: Farmers are hugely dependent on the Basic Payment Scheme and other CAP payments for their income and to support their farm business. The BPS for 2020 is open until May 15th