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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar
Webinar focused on using beef bulls on the dairy herd & staying safe with the stock bull
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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.