Green Acres Calf to Beef - GrowthWatch: Taking an opportunity to apply the ‘forgotten fertiliser’
Historically, Irish farmers applied lime on a little and often basis. Now only 50% of the national lime requirement is applied. Lime corrects soil pH, grows more grass and improves how the soil uses Nitrogen & Phosphorus fertilisers. Seán Cummins GreenAcres Advisor encourages Lime application now
Machinery Co-operatives in Ireland
Ireland’s first farm machinery sharing co-operative was formed by members of Kilnamartyra dairy discussion group in West Cork. The machinery co-op provides a sound business structure for the sharing of machinery between farmers and can be applicable to farmers in any enterprise, especially tillage
Kildalton College Open Days
Kildalton College are hosting Open Days for anyone interested in courses in Agriculture, Horticulture or Equine Studies. Monday, 21st June at 11am is when the first of four open days throughout the summer kicks off. Booking in advance is essential. Read more here on reserving your place on the tour
Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Newsletter: Issue 1 - June 2021
The first issue of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme e-Newsletter has an update on Pat Collin's farm, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork; Best Practice in Dosing; Key management tasks; Calf purchases and purchase price. The Green Acres Calf to Beef e-Newsletter will issue monthly. Read it here now
Stay safe with Cattle this summer
With cattle out grazing and breeding season at full steam on many farms it is important to keep a focus on safety with livestock. Interactions with cattle are necessary so each interaction must be planned and managed carefully to avoid risk. Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist advises
Grass10 Newsletter - 15th June 2021
Get the latest from the Grass10 team including; John OGorman's current grass situation after another week of high growth rates; Grass10 grazing tips; video link for N planner use on Pasturebase; link to your nearest weather station for weather data & reports; David Brady, Merit GFOTY update and more
Winning Donegal Dairy Farm to host Virtual Farm Walk
Richard and Wendy Starrett, winners of 2020 NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards (QMA), will host the National Milk Quality Farm Walk as a webinar & social media takeover on Tuesday, 29th June. The event is organised by Teagasc, with the support of Aurivo Co-Op, the National Dairy Council and Ornua
Promoting Farmers Health - Men’s Health Week (Monday 14 - Sunday 20 June)
It's time to Stay Fit for Farming! Dr John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist, Teagasc is mindful of Men’s Health Week running from today, Monday 14th to Sunday 20th June (Father's Day). He reminds farmers that ‘Your Health is your Wealth’ and he discusses studies that looked at farmer health.
The practical steps to overcoming issues on farms with heavier soils
Teagasc researcher Pat Tuohy joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give an insight into the key issues that arise on farms with heavier soils and practical steps to overcome these issues.
Let's Talk Dairy - Fertilizer for second cut silage / surplus bales
In the latest episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series which took place on the 3rd of June, Stuart Childs, Dairy Specialist discusses fertilizer requirements for second cut silage and also in terms of surplus silage taken off of milking platforms over the last couple of days.
Teagasc Supports Men’s Health Week
Teagasc, through its research, advisory, education, training, and media programmes, supports Men’s Health Week. Men's Health Week usually commences on the Monday prior to Father's Day and finishes on Father's Day itself. This year, it will run from Monday, 14th until Sunday, 20th June.
Risk Assessing Your Farm
Don't ignore safety issues on your farm! Serena Gibbons, Education Officer, Teagasc Galway/Clare issues a reminder about completing the Risk Assessment Document. She focuses on 3 main areas where the highest number of accidents and fatalities occur; namely - Tractors, Machinery and Livestock.
Signpost Series Webinar - Celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate & biodiversity emergency
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 21st May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Dr. Brendan Dunford, Manager of The Burren Programme to discuss celebrating our biodiversity and motivating farmers to address the climate and biodiversity emergency.
Environment Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Environment newsletter has information and advice on: REAP the benefits; Measures to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP - Protect our bathing waters.
Agriculture is facing a momentous decision on carbon budgets
Over the next few months a decision on the future of Irish agriculture will be taken that may prove to be as momentous as the 1984 introduction of milk quota or our 1973 entry to the EU. Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc refers to the publication of sectoral carbon budgets from 2021 onwards
Insights from Sligo Contract Rearer, Kieran Kielty
Contract rearer Kieran Kielty from Co.Sligo joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss how he operates a contract heifer rearing system.
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th June 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. Includes another week of high growth rates expected, fertilising for 2nd cut silage, incorporating clover, Grass10 grazing tips, grass situation in south Galway & grazing update from suckler GFOTY Thomas Hogan, Tipperary
Fine tuning dairy bull beef in Co. Roscommon
Martin Connolly farms part-time near Castleplunket, Co. Roscommon and runs a calf-to-beef system taking dairy-bred male calves, through to slaughter as bulls at 20-24 months of age. The farm is in the Teagasc Green Acres calf to beef programme since 2019. James Fitzgerald, Programme Advisor has more
Running a contract rearing operation alongside your flock
John O'Connell is a BETTER farm sheep programme participant and farms on the outskirts of Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. He runs a sheep and contract grazing system. Ciaran Lynch Teagasc Sheep specialist & Tom Coll Teagasc Advisor, discuss the resulting changes and grassland management improvements here
Multi Species Swards – a farmer’s perspective
Kevin O’Hanlon farm manager on a busy dairy farm in county Wexford joins to Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss his experience with multi species swards.
The rise of antimicrobial resistance and key practices to minimise the risk in your dairy herd
Dairy farmer Eamon Sheehan and Róisín Horan from Teagasc join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with an insight into the staggering rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among animal and human populations and key practices to minimise the risk in your dairy herd.
Let's Talk Dairy - Weekly Fertility Report
In the latest episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist is joined by Dan O'Riordan, ICBF to give an insight into how to do the weekly fertility report correctly.
Dairy Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Dairy Newsletter includes information on: A unit a day is OK!; White clover incorporation in pasture; A liner change is due shortly; Moving to beef AI; Managing replacement heifer weanlings; Health & Safety - Keep yourself and children safe; and National Quality Milk Virtual Farm Walk.
Silage Season Safety Check
We're now in one of the busiest times on farms as silage is being harvested. It's also one of the most high risk times due to increased movement of machinery and people on our roads and farms. Jacinta O'Neill, Teagasc Advisor, Westport, has a useful safety checklist to consider for silage season
Jessy's Smart Kids - Summer 2021
Jessy's Smart Kids is a fun easily downloadable kids farm safety newsletter. This edition of Jessy's Smart Kids includes: Farm Family Safety; Blind Spots; First Aid Kit and Farmer Wellbeing.
Water Protection measures since 1st January 2021 – do they affect my farm?
Many farmers have asked about water protection measures that have been in place since the start of 2021 and if these apply to their farms. These measures were introduced to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off to waters to improve water quality. Tim Hyde, Environment Specialist has the answers here
Getting Silage Quality Right in 2021
Silage makes up 25-40% of the annual diet on beef and dairy farms depending on the length of the winter across the county. Decisions made at farm level, over the coming weeks will have a huge impact on the quality of silage fed next winter. Drystock Specialist Catherine Egan gives some advice.
Building forage reserves
Joe Patton, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, & Siobhán Kavanagh, Teagasc Regional Manager recommend that farms build a rolling silage reserve of 2 bales/head or about 1 month’s feeding for a mature cow, into their silage plans, to offset against future shortfalls in fodder due to non-seasonal weather.
Farming with Nature
John Oates is farming just north of Sligo Town. Whitethorn hedgerows provide field boundaries and shelter and shade for livestock. Environment and Technology Advisor Peter Mullan gives more information on how John is farming with the natural environment
Farm Business Options - BIA Innovator Campus – Transforming Food Entrepreneurship
On this Farm Business Options webinar, which was held on Tuesday, 25 May, host Barry Caslin Teagasc was joined by Elaine Donohue, BIA Innovator Campus General Manager and Colm Foley, Teagasc Food Technologist, Bia Innovator Campus CLG to discuss the facilities at the BIA Innovator Campus in Athenry
Launch of Teagasc/Carbery Joint Programme 2021 -2025
West Cork based dairy processor Carbery Group and Teagasc Cork West have renewed their ongoing long-term joint programme for dairy farmers for the next five years. The objective of the Monitor Farm programme is to lead and demonstrate the development of carbon efficient and sustainable dairy farming
Teagasc Green Acres – Reducing number of sources for Dairy Bred calves
The profitability of the dairy beef enterprise depends largely on the quality of calf that is purchased. Alan Dillon, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises purchasing from reliable suppliers, and ensuring to purchase calves that are good weight for age, as this is crucial to limiting calf mortality.
Getting the Spread Right
Fertiliser is one of the most expensive inputs on the farm so you need to ensure that it is applied correctly, not only for your wallet but also for the environment. Here, Francis Quigley Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist, talks about safety, checking the spreader, machine settings and calibration
Get the Facts on Applying Lime
Isn't it about time you applied lime? Don't rely on hearsay - stick to the facts. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle highlights 10 facts every farmer should know about applying lime. When is the ideal time to apply lime? What about lime and slurry? Can I apply lime and urea? Get answers here
Teagasc plans for new Apprenticeships
On Tuesday 25th May Teagasc gave a briefing note on it's Education and Training for the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Teagasc, as primary provider of accredited further education and training (FET) for the agricultural sector, details new apprenticeship pathway plans here
Grass10 Newsletter - 1st June 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. As paddocks are cut for 1st cut silage & surplus bales, now is a perfect time to consult soil sample results and apply lime to these paddocks. Read more on this, on applying P& K, GFOTY young farmer grazing update & more
Contract rearing – an alternative income opportunity?
With many drystock farmers looking for possible alternative income opportunities for their farms, contract heifer rearing has increasingly become an option and Teagasc advisor Tom Coll and specialist Gordon Peppard join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss what’s involved.
Research Insights Webinar - Increasing the welfare of farm animals
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday 26th May, Paul Crossan Beef Enterprise Leader was joined by Muireann Conneely, Bernadette Earley and Laura Boyle, Teagasc Researchers, to discuss the most recent Teagasc research on improving the welfare of dairy cows, beef cattle and pigs
How grass can be made into milk and cheese
On World Milk Day Teagasc Staff; Marion Beecher, Emer Kennedy, Eimear Ferguson and Margie Egan, are together addressing the questions you have about cows. How much does a cow eat and drink in a day? How much milk does a cow produce and what is the milk used for? More questions & more answers here...
World Milk Day -Taking stock of the Irish Dairy Sector
As we mark World Milk Day, it’s a good opportunity to take stock of developments in the Irish Dairy sector, which has been in expansion mode now for more than a decade. From quotas to expansion opportunities, Trevor Donnellan, Head of Economics & Surveys, Teagasc discusses growth in milk output here
Sustainable Grassland Management Course
Research shows that good grassland management and grazing high quality grass substantially reduces the emissions of gasses: methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and ammonia. Tom Murphy, Dairy Advisor, Teagasc Athenry discusses the mandatory Grassland Management Course for derogation farmers here
Clonakilty Agricultural College May Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides a May update on Dairying at the College. He talks about nearing the end of the 2021 breeding season, current milk results, grassland management and looking forward to cutting silage, in a short video here
The targets to maximise grass utilisation and minimise costs during the main grazing season
Grass 10 advisor Joseph Dunphy joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge to remind us of the important targets to maximise grass utilisation and minimise costs during the main grazing season.
Let' Talk Dairy - Grass Management
On this episode of The Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy specialist talks about Grass management.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Grass Management
In this bonus podcast episode, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, discusses grass management topics: the national growth grass curve, number of covers this year to date, current farm situations, maximising grass for quality and utilisation and improving grass quality.
Production of Farmhouse Cheese
Farmhouse cheese making was a Gaelic tradition that disappeared from Ireland over the years. It was revived in the 1900s, and more specifically during the late 1970s, when a few enterprising dairy farmers commenced making farmhouse cheese. Is farmhouse cheese production an option for you?
Too much grass can be a problem too!
As we are heading into a period where grass growth exceeds grass demand, dairy farmers will need to be extra vigilant that they don’t fall into the trap of grazing grass covers that are ‘gone too strong’. James Moyles, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Co. Offaly has options for managing grass and quality here
Agriculture and Water
Paula Browne, ASSAP Adviser, Teagasc Clare looks at ways to minimise losses of nutrients, sediment and pesticides to water from farming. A number of key considerations should be central to minimising any pollution potential to our watercourses and these are outlined here.
Teagasc appoint Dr David Wall as Enterprise leader at Johnstown Castle
Dr David Wall has been appointed as the new enterprise leader at the Teagasc campus in Johnstown Castle. The enterprise leader role is to lead the management of the farms and estate in Teagasc Environment Research Centre to deliver the research programme, as part of the team led by Dr Karl Richards
Could your Farm benefit from Alternative Fodder Crops?
In the next few months we will see farmers saving their winter feed. Grass growth last week from Pasturebase Ireland was 57kgDM/ha similar to the same week last year at 60kg DM/ha. Improvement is expected, however Keith Fahy, Athenry Advisor, looks at alternatives for farmers as a winter feed source
Reviewing slaughter performance in Co. Kilkenny
Drafting cattle for slaughter when they are actually fit to kill is a key management component of successful calf-to-beef systems. At a fat score of 3+, the carcass weight potential of Holstein Friesian steers is maximised. Sean Cummins Teagasc Green Acres Advisor has detailed advice here
Managing Margins with Nature in Mind
Thinking "outside the field" and managing the margins with nature in mind can contribute to the improvement of biodiversity on Irish farms. Aoife Leader, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, highlights some key actions that farmers can take to retain, maintain and enhance field margins for farmland biodiversity
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week for dairy, beef & sheep farms; updates on Grassland Farmer of the Year sheep and heavy soils farms; difficult grazing conditions & grass/clover trial update from Teagasc Clonakilty
Slurry Storage, Have you enough?
The impact of dairy farming systems on the environment is of critical importance in gaining access to premium dairy markets that will return a good milk price to the farmer. Tom Curran, Regional Manager, Cork West and Tim Hyde, Environment Specialist, Teagasc discuss slurry storage as a key factor
Improving your Financial Fitness can help manage tight margins
Having a good feel for the farm finances and what is happening on a farm or farm household is critical. This applies whether a farmer is expanding or just wants to ensure that they are in a good position to deal with whatever arises. Kevin Connolly, Teagasc Financial Management Specialist has advice
Getting clover into the system – consider over-sowing?
Incorporating clover into a sward has multiple benefits in livestock systems and to discuss this in more detail on this week’s OviCast, Ciarán Lynch is joined by Dr Philip Creighton.
Teagasc appoints new Organic Specialist
Teagasc has appointed Joe Kelleher as Organic Farming Specialist and he commences the new role today, Monday, 24 May 2021. He previously worked as a dairy advisor in the Limerick/Kerry advisory region. He joins Elaine Leavy as part of the national organic farming team in Teagasc
Contract rearing male calves
Establishing a relationship based on trust and a good contract will benefit both owner and calf rearer. This is the advice of Gordon Peppard, Teagasc Collaborative Farming Specialist speaking about Contract rearing male calves.
How to maximise pregnancy rates across the remainder of the breeding season
Doreen Corridan and Stuart Childs join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge to give advice on how to maximise pregnancy rates across the remainder of the breeding season and how to avoid a lull in calvings that arise during the transition from AI to the stock bull.
Let's Talk Dairy - Cutting for Quality Silage
In the latest episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs, Dairy Specialist discusses how to cut for the highest quality of silage.
Results of Teagasc Protected Urea trial finds no residues
A new scientific paper was published in the past week with results from a trial on using protected Urea on the Teagasc farm at its Environment research centre, Johnstown castle. Irish farmers are being encouraged to switch from using CAN fertiliser to protected Urea, as part of reducing emissions
Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Milk Production at Solohead Research Farm
Following rapid expansion there is an immense challenge to lower the environmental impact of dairy farming. At Solohead Research Farm we have designed and tested systems for lowering the carbon and ammonia footprints of milk production. James Humphreys, Researcher has details in a short video here
Opinions wanted from farmers and vets
Farmers and vets working in the dairy, pig, beef and sheep sectors on the island of Ireland are being asked to complete a survey to provide their views on how antibiotics are used in agriculture.
Improvements in animal health, welfare and product quality
Join Teagasc researchers on three Research Insights Webinars where they will discuss strategies to improve animal welfare, reduce the use of antibiotics and anthelmintics and improve milk quality.
Farmers are part of the solution - Biodiversity Day 2021
Saturday May 22nd 2021 is International Biodiversity Day. The theme for this year is: 'We're part of the solution'. We’re all part of nature, so we must be part of the solution for biodiversity loss and climate change. What actions can farmers take?
Hitting Breeding Targets in the Dairy Herd
We are currently in the middle of the breeding season on most Irish dairy farms. Here Kevin O'Hara, Teagasc Ballinrobe, will look at some of the key targets that dairy farmers need to try and achieve over the coming weeks and look at how these targets will be achieved.
Growing Maize Silage Considerations
Eighty percent of maize in Ireland is grown specifically for the production of maize silage and can be used as a winter feed in both dairy and beef production systems. While grass is the most popular winter feed, Eamonn Dempsey, Teagasc Advisor outlines why maize silage might be worth considering
"Bee kind" farming
Today is #WorldBeeDay and Teagasc encourages farmers to adopt "Bee kind" farming, to look at ways of improving habitats and enhance biodiversity to support wild bees on Irish farmland. In Ireland there are 77 solitary bee species, 21 bumble bee species and 1 honey bee species.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Water Quality: the challenge of understanding and valuing it
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 14th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Bernie O’Flaherty, Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) to discuss water quality: the challenge of understanding and valuing it.
Recap on BDGP, BEAM, BEEP S and Dairy Calf Beef Scheme
Even though we are in between CAP programmes, farmers in the interim will continue to be supported with a rollover for BDGP 1 and BEEP-S, as well as a new Dairy Beef calf scheme. Aidan Murray Beef Specialist has a reminder of some of the key requirements for the various beef programmes here.
Grass10 Newsletter - 18th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data & grazing tips for the week; managing mid-season grass; grazing updates from farmers; William Burchill discusses mid-season nitrogen application & Pat Collins social media takeover on Wed 19 May
Launch of The Signpost Programme
The Signpost Programme was launched on Tuesday, 18 May. Hosted by RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll, the online webinar demonstrated how the new Teagasc led collaborative programme will support Irish farmers in reducing emissions from agriculture. Catch up on all the highlights here
The Signpost Series Webinar - Agri-food Strategy 2030 - The Environmental Ambition
On this episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 7th May, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Tom Arnold, Chair of the 2030 Agri Food Strategy Committee to discuss the 2030 Agri Food Strategy: The Environmental Ambition.
Meet the Teagasc Signpost Team
The new Signpost Programme – Farmers for Climate Action, will be launched tomorrow Tuesday, 18 May. Today we meet the Signpost Programme team who will work with farmers, and the partner organisations to prompt climate action by all Irish farmers.
Quantifying the impact of recent growth rates on 1st cut silage crops
On this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge, dairy specialist James Dunne joins Emma-Louise Coffey to quantify the impact of recent growth rates on 1st cut silage crops.
Delaying silage cutting date will have negative effects on silage quality & quantity for dairying
Grass silage makes up about a quarter of the annual feed budget on the average dairy farm. With below average growth rates in late April/early May, James Dunne, Dairy Specialist Ballyhaise, answers the common question: “should silage cutting date be delayed to allow first cut yields to increase?”
How to harvest quality silage
With the silage season upon us, on the latest episode of the Environment Edge, Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn chat to Teagasc dairy advisor in Kilkenny Pat Moylan about the cold dry spring and tips on how to harvest quality silage.
Let's Talk Dairy - Weed Control
In the latest episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs, Dairy Specialist is joined by Ciaran Collins, Tillage Specialist to discuss weed control, following up on the recent webinar with Deirdre Hennessy on establishing grass-white clover swards.
Heat Detection by Tail Painting
Heat detection is key to achieve your herd targets this breeding season. Most cows display signs of heat between the hours of 9pm and 7am so relying on observation alone to identify cows in heat could easily result in cows being missed. Tara Heaney, KT Walsh Scholar explains how tail painting helps
The Teagasc Signpost Programme Launch
The official launch of The Teagasc Signpost Programme, a collaborative programme to lead climate action by Irish farmers and their transition towards more sustainable farming systems.
Research Insights Webinar - Role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase the sustainability of pasture-based systems
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday 12th May, Michael O'Donovan, Head of Grassland Science, was joined by Patrick Conaghan, Stephen Byrne & Tomas Tubritt, Teagasc Researchers to discuss the role of grass breeding & evaluation to increase sustainability of pasture systems
Farming Tips for May
Emma Sherlock, Teagasc Walsh Scholar, Clonakilty Advisory picks out a few key management actions farmers should be taking on during the month of May. These include care of the replacement heifer & breeding targets, farm safety at silage making, grass & fertiliser update and flock health
Plan a Safe Silage Season in 2021
The weather has been cold of late and that has delayed the silage season but as the season gets into ‘full swing’ attention to safety is critical at silage making. Plan a safe silage season is a key message from John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists here
Teagasc students win awards at Irish Mass Spectrometry Society Conference
Two Teagasc Walsh Scholars won awards at the Irish Mass Spectrometry Society Conference, which was held as a virtual event on 11-12th May. Both students are members of Professor Kieran Kilcawley’s research group in the Food Quality and Sensory Science Department at Teagasc Moorepark.
Teagasc Green Acres Virtual Farm Walk with Jarlath and Austin Ruane
On Thursday 13th May, Jarlath and Austin Ruane, farmer participants of the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme hosted a virtual event from their farm in Claremorris, Co. Mayo through the use of social media and video. You can watch back the footage here to gain an insight into their farm
Grass10 Newsletter - 11th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data & grazing tips for the week; grazing updates from GFOTY category winners, the Galvins - new entrants to dairy and from Philip Creighton, Athenry sheep research farm; plus reseeding & clover info
Why all the fuss about sulphur?
Sulphur (S) is an important nutrient for grassland production, and is closely associated with nitrogen uptake and efficiency. If there is a sulphur deficiency present it will decrease the nitrogen use efficiency and reduce yield. Martina Harrington Beef Specialist outlines the importance of Sulphur
Slurry storage capacity and TAMS
Tom Fallon, Teagasc Farm Buildings & Infrastructure Specialist has tips for applying for TAMS grant aid for slurry storage here. He advises when building new facilities to look beyond meeting the minimum storage requirements as many farms require extra storage. He features a TAMS grant farm example
How many Dairy replacements do we need?
Increased focus on improving beef traits from the dairy herd has led to a key breeding recommendation to only generate enough heifers to meet your replacement requirements. But how many replacement heifers are required on your farm? Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Dairy Advisor Newcastle West, answers this
SCC in early lactation following selective dry cow therapy
Pallaskenry farm manager Brendan Ryan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss SCC in early lactation following selective dry cow therapy.
Let's Talk Dairy - Milk Recording Reports
In this week's episode in the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs discusses milk recording reports and the importance it has to farmers.
Research Insights Webinar - Using white clover to reduce chemical nitrogen application and increase animal performance
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 28th April, Padraig French, Head of Livestock Systems Department and Dairy Enterprise Leader was joined by panellists to discuss using white clover to reduce chemical nitrogen application and increase animal performance.
Danny Bermingham Virtual Farm Walk
On Thursday, 6th May, Danny Bermingham, 2018 Disadvantaged Land Grassland Farmer of the Year and participant in the Teagasc Heavy Soils programme hosted a virtual event from his farm through the medium of video and social media.
Farmyards and Water Quality
Farmyards can impact on water quality where wastes & effluents gain access to water directly, as point source pollution or indirectly, by diffuse pollution. With good farmyard management & design these impacts to water, where they occur, can be eliminated as Kevin O’Sullivan ASSAP Advisor outlines
New Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project commences
Teagasc recently held the first online meeting of the technical working group for a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) project called FLEET. Teagasc economist Dr Fiona Thorne is the principal investigator on the FLEET project, supported by the SEAI Research and development fund. Read more here
Dealing with Stress in Farming
Stress is normal and part and parcel of our daily lives. A certain amount of stress is a positive thing – it can help to make us more focused and more productive in our work and in caring for our families. Ciara O’Shea, Teagasc advisor Macroom, has good advice on Dealing with Stress in Farming here
The Signpost Series - Water quality – national problems, local solutions
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 30th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Jenny Deakin, EPA to discuss water quality – national problems, local solutions.
Grass10 Newsletter - 4th May 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Grass supply & reseeding update from Michael Carroll, Limerick; Nitrogen Planning with PBI; Grazing update from JP Hammersley GFOTY Sustainable Winner; Webinar & booklet on White Clover
Heavy Soils Programme Social Media Takeover with Danny Bermingham
Join Danny Bermingham on our social media accounts on Thursday 6th May as he takes us through a day in the life on his heavy soils dairy farm
REAP - The Facts
Teagasc has produced a Factsheet and a video on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP). Find out more here and listen to what Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist has to say about REAP. Expressions of Interest must be lodged with DAFM by Monday May 10th
An Update on REAP
Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist Catherine Keena joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of The Beef Edge podcast with an update on the new Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Programme, also known as REAP.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Collaborative Farming Options
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar which took place on Tuesday, 27th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Gordon Peppard, Teagasc Farm Structures Specialist to discuss the various collaborative agreements on offer.
Reseeding & Clover Management with PastureBase Ireland
On Wednesday 5th May at 7pm join John Douglas, Micheal O'Leary and Joseph Dunphy from Teagasc Grass10 & PastureBase along with Michael Egan, Grassland Researcher, and dairy farmer James Barber as they go through reseeding and clover management using PastureBase Ireland.
The Signpost Series - The BRIDE Project
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series, which took place on Friday, 23rd April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Donal Sheehan, Manager of the BRIDE Project to give an overview of the Project, results-based payments and how farmers can be rewarded for environmental improvement.
Best Practice for Pesticides & Alternative Methods for Weed Control
Kieran Kenny, Teagasc ASSAP advisor and member of the National Pesticide & Drinking Water Action Group joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast.
Let's Talk Dairy - Establishing grass-white clover swards
In this episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs is joined by Dr. Deirdre Hennessy to give an overview of the establishment of grass-white clover into our swards.
The Additive Trials Reporting an 80% Reduction in Methane Emissions
Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahart join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give an insight into the Green Feed trial that is investigating feed additives that have the potential to reduce methane emissions from grass fed dairy cows.
Dairy Newsletter - May 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Factors affecting milk fat content in May; Research Update - Early nutrition critical; Lameness focus; and Health & Safety - Silage safety.
Today's Farm - May/June 2021
The May/June edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on slurry storage, covering topics such as storage and usage; completing a storage assessment; & storage capacity and TAMS. It also has articles on blackgrass; contract rearing & more.
Clonakilty Agricultural College April Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides an April update on Dairying at the College. He talks about the 2021 breeding season, current milk results, grassland management, fertiliser and clover over-sowing, in a short video here
Reseeding for Greener Pastures
Reseeding is a considerable investment at €200-300/acre, so assess first as it may be a change of management that is required instead. It’s worth making sure that reseeding is done right. Niall Treanor, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Galway advises on this and discusses the benefits of reseeding here
Can you REAP the rewards?
The deadline for farmers to apply for the Results-Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project (REAP), a new Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Pilot programme, is fast approaching. Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist urges eligible farmers to apply before May 10th
Make Personal Health and Wellbeing a Priority
While, Farming as a lifestyle is mainly very positive for wellbeing, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists, Francis Bligh & John McNamara realise that it's not always a "bed of bluebells". So today, Friday April 30, on National Workplace Wellbeing Day farmers are reminded that this day is for them too
The Signpost Series - Context, Measurement & mitigation of methane emissions in Irish dairy systems
On this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Friday, 16th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Laurence Shalloo, Ben Lahart & Katie Starsmore, Teagasc to discuss context, measurement & mitigation of methane emissions in Irish dairy systems.
Taking care of the Farmer and farm problems
Catherine Egan Teagasc Beef Specialist has some very important advice here about taking care of typical problems on the farm. She points out all the ways your Teagasc Advisor can help. After a difficult Spring the Number 1 priority should be to take care of the farmer now. Make that phone call today
Caroline Walsh Virtual Farm Walk
On April 21st, Caroline Walsh, overall and dairy category winner of the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition hosted a virtual event from her farm through the medium of video, social media and live webinar
April - Wildfires in Ireland
The April Map of the month shows the number of current active wildfires (as of the 25th) detected by NASA Fire detection service. There are a surprising number across the country. Each month the Teagasc spatial analysis unit use data from a number of sources and share it as a map to assist farming
Grass10 Newsletter - 27th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Grass10 tips; grazing updates from Alan Duggan, new entrant Mayo Dairy farmer & GFOTY Winner Caroline Walsh; new clover booklet and Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist on suspected P deficiency
Weaning Tips from the Green Acres Farms
With calves being weaned on dairy calf to beef farms across the country, Teagasc Green Acres programme advisors Sean Cummins & James Fitzgerald join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast with top tips on weaning, advice for the year ahead and an update on the farms.
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community was held on Wednesday, 21st April. HSE and the Irish Cancer Society Representatives advised what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure on your farm
Major Focus on Clover establishment and Management in 2021
A clover booklet ‘Management and establishment of grass-white clover swards’ for 2021 is being launched by Teagasc today, Monday, 26 April. Agriculture in Ireland is under ever increasing pressure to reduce nitrogen fertiliser use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase nitrogen use efficiency
The Importance of Wetlands
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. While most wetlands occur naturally they may also be artificially created. Mary Roache Mayo ASSAP Advisor has examples of a variety of wetlands that occur on farms
How to maintain grass growth at lower levels of chemical Nitrogen
Deirdre Hennessy joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give tips and advice on maintaining grass production whilst spreading lower levels of chemical Nitrogen.
Thinking of becoming an Organic Farmer?
With the reopening of the Organic Farming Scheme in March many farmers are wondering is organics an option for them. As the scheme closes on Friday 30th April 2021 the window of time to make the decision to join and complete the necessary paperwork is tight. Enda O’Hart, Teagasc Advisor has advice
Let's Talk Dairy - Sexed Semen and Synchronisation Protocols
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, which took place on 15th April, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist gives advice on cows that are suitable for sexed semen and appropriate synchronisation protocols for both cows and heifers. Stuart gives an overview of the factors to consider here
Offaly dairy farmers using short videos to keep in touch during Covid Lock Down
Three dairy discussion groups across south county Offaly have found a novel way of ‘virtually’ visiting each other’s farms during the current lock down restrictions. Jim Moyles, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Tullamore explains how this came about and how it is working out for the groups he facilitates
Research Insights Webinar - New insights into feeding dairy cows at pasture
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Wednesday, 14th April, Michael O'Donovan, Head of Grassland Science, Teagasc was joined by Michael Dineen, Research Officer to discuss new insights to feeding dairy cows at pasture.
Outlook 2021 - Brexit trade deal avoids large drop in farm income
The latest Outlook 2021 report by TEAGASC economists forecasts that the average family farm income in Ireland will increase by 3 % in 2021. Overall, some price inflation for farm inputs will be more than offset by higher prices for some farm outputs
Farm Business Options Webinar - Organic Farming – Steps to Conversion and Opportunities
On this episode of the Farm Business Options Webinar series which took place on Tuesday, 13th April, Barry Caslin was joined by Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist and Clive Bright, Organic grass only farmer, Sligo to discuss organic farming - steps to conversion and opportunities.
Tree and hedge management in Ballyhaise College
Steven Meyen, Forestry Development Officer, Teagasc talks from experience about how trees can add so much to farm hedges. Benefits include shelter, biodiversity, improvement in microclimate, carbon sequestration and landscape value. We also get a glimpse of tree and hedge management at Ballyhaise
Annual Teagasc/SCSI Agricultural Land Market Review and Outlook 2021
This joint publication is the 8th annual report reviewing economic activity in the farming sector and activity in associated agricultural land sales and rental markets. It provides an outlook for 2021, and a special feature on how the planning system and rural housing affects land values.
The Signpost Series Webinar - Climate Mitigation Options through Afforestation
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinars, held Friday, 9th April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Tom Houlihan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist & Dr. Kevin Black, Forestry, Environmental Research & Services (FERS) to discuss Climate Mitigation Options via Afforestation
Low milk fat at grass - explained
Cows in most cases are often milking very well, have good appetites and look otherwise healthy. So, why the low milk fat?John McNamara, Co-ordinator of the Teagasc/Carbery Joint programme, explains why low milk fat at grass can arise. John also has some key management guidelines to bear in mind
Teagasc marks Earth Day 2021
Teagasc marks Earth Day today. We reflect on ways in which we contribute to improving the Earth through our integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture & food industry and rural communities. Learn more here about Teagasc & the Environment, and A day in the life of research
Could Coccidiosis be holding back your Calves?
Like cryptosporidia, coccidiosis is caused by protozoa but rather than present as a problem in calves shortly after birth, coccidiosis will tend to show in calves that are slightly older. Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist has more information on the signs, treatment and prevention of coccidiosis
8th INFOGEST Webinar on Food Digestion
The 8th INFOGEST webinar on food digestion, co-hosted by Dr Andre Brodkorb of the Teagasc Food Research Centre and others, took place on Wednesday, 7th April at 2PM. The theme of this webinar was “in vitro Digestion Models” from Working Group 1 of the INFOGEST network.
Grass10 Newsletter - 20th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; grazing updates from various GFOTY winners; Starting 2nd rotation Sheep Update - Philip Creighton, Teagasc, Athenry PLUS Caroline Walsh Overall GFOTY 2020 social media takeover and more
Quality vs Quantity - how do I maximise silage yield per hectare?
Teagasc Drystock advisor Joe Hand joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss how to maximise silage yield this year on your farm.
Caroline Walsh Grassland Farmer of the Year - Social Media Takeover & Live Interview
Join Caroline Walsh, 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year, on the Teagasc social media accounts as she takes us through "A day in the life...." on her dairy farm in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork
Fertilising for a Crop of Quality Silage
On many farms producing average to poor quality silage is somewhat the norm. Cattle or sheep fed this silage will have reduced growth rates and below optimal levels of reproductive performance in breeding females. Austin Callaghan, Teagasc Advisor, Claremorris outlines how to improve silage quality
Submit Your 2021 Basic Payment Application On-Time
The most important task for farmers in any year is to complete their Basic Payment application online. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the 2021 Basic Payment application and associated forms are completed on time by Monday 17th May. Brian Hughes, Teagasc Claremorris has more advice
The Signpost Series Webinar - Multi-species Swards
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, which took place on Thursday, 1st April, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by guest speakers Dr. Helen Sheridan and Prof. Tommy Boland, UCD to discuss multi-species swards - sward and animal performance under reduced nitrogen fertiliser inputs.
Sexing Technologies to open sorting lab in Ireland
NAVASOTA, Texas — Irish dairy producers will get their long-desired semen sorting lab when global sexed-semen technology leader and innovator Sexing Technologies opens its first facility in Ireland at Teagasc Moorepark, in November.
Thoughts Turn to Breeding
As end of calving season arrives on many farms, focus now turns to preparation for breeding. Management of the herd in the weeks prior to breeding ultimately has a detrimental effect on the success. John Greaney, Teagasc/Aurivo Joint Programme Dairy Advisor outlines the objectives
Farmland Birds and the role of farmers in their survival
Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to talk about farmland birds and the important role of farmers in helping to improve habitats.
Tips and advice on best practice for reseeding
Tomás Tubritt joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with tips and advice on best practice for reseeding.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar + podcast - Bull Selection Targets
On this episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist talks to us about bull selection targets.
April Grazing Management on dairy farms
In the grazing game the month of April is when battles can be won or lost. As cows enter the 2nd rotation set yourself key grazing targets and monitor progress tightly. That's the advice of Cathal Conaty and Mairead Kirk, Teagasc Advisors, Co. Louth. They have more tips in a short video here
Are you Sun Smart? Webinar
A webinar to raise awareness about the risks of skin cancer and UV exposure in the farming community. Join Teagasc on Wednesday, 21 April from 11.30am -1pm along with the HSE & the Irish Cancer Society who will advise what you can do to protect yourself against the risks of skin cancer & UV exposure
70 years of grassland research in Ireland
TEAGASC grassland research has enabled the transformation of Irish agriculture since the 1950s. The importance of grassland to Irish Agriculture is indicated by over 70% of agricultural output (monetary terms) coming from grassland as cattle, milk, & sheep products, Teagasc researchers reminisce
Steps to Take when Considering Converting to Organic Farming
The Organic Farming Scheme is open. Elaine Leavy, Teagasc Organic Specialist gave a presentation recently at the IFA Information Meeting on the Organic Farming Scheme which was held virtually on Thursday, 4th March 2021. Elaine's presentation and Teagasc guide to organic conversion can be found here
The Forestry Sector in Ireland: some facts and figures
Teagasc welcomes Ciara! Teagasc's new virtual forestry adviser Ciara, provides some basic facts and figures on the forestry sector in Ireland. She discusses forest cover, ownership, species composition, carbon sequestration, wood utilisation, age distribution, wood processing, exports and employment
The breeding season has started on many farms and that brings increased risks associated with close contact with animals. HSA figures show bulls were involved in over 18% of livestock related deaths on Irish farms in 2011-2020. John McNamara & Francis Bligh, Health & Safety Specialists report here
Status Orange, High Forest Fire Risk Warning
Teagasc urges all involved in outdoor activity to exercise extreme caution, and heed the high level warning for fires which is in place this week. The current high pressure dominated weather patterns has resulted in a high fire risk in all areas where fuel such as dead grasses, heather & gorse exist
Hitting Grazing Targets in 2021 with PastureBase Ireland Webinar
Are you looking to make better grazing decisions on your farm in April? On this webinar which took place on Wednesday, 7th April, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through how you can use PastureBase Ireland to plan your spring grazing.
How Does Grass Grow?
Perennial ryegrass (PRG) is the most commonly sown grass species in Ireland. As a perennial plant it's characterised by having the growing point close to the ground and it regrows after each grazing & cutting, without the need for frequent reseeding. Patricia Lynch, Teagasc Advisor Westport has more
Heat activity in pasture based dairy cows
During the recent Teagasc/ICBF breeding week three key reproductive targets were identified as being critically important in seasonal calving dairy herds. George Ramsbottom, Dairy Specialist has details, plus breeding guidelines for spring 2021 and advice on managing late calving dairy cows here
Winners of the 2021 Agriculture and Horticulture Colleges Challenges Event
The National College of Amenity Horticulture are the winners of the Agricultural Colleges Challenges Event 2021. The Agricultural Colleges Challenges is a longstanding inter college, skills challenge competition, supported by Macra na Feirme, fostering keen college rivalry in it's 40 year history
Grass10 Newsletter - 13th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Seamus Sweeney, Wexford on 2nd rotation; Caroline Walsh 2020 GFOTY social media takeover; Grazing Updates from Thomas Hogan, GFOTY Cattle-Suckling, & Grange dairy-beef research herd
Grassland Management Tips for the Coming Weeks
Teagasc Grass 10 Manager John Maher is on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast with top tips in relation to grassland management.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Diversification in Donegal
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar held on Tuesday, 6th April 2021, Seamus Campbell, Teagasc Donegal was joined by Noreen & James Cunningham, Donegal Farmhouse Cheese; John Graham, Ballyholey Farm Shop and Andrew Ward, Inishowen Development Partnership to discuss diversification in Donegal
Flattening the curve will lead to €130 million loss at farm level annually
Laurence Shalloo joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give his insights into a report investigating the merits of the seasonal milk supply curve that exists in Ireland.
Teagasc Virtual College Open Days 2021
During March, Teagasc courses were promoted through virtual open days at it's four agricultural and horticultural colleges and two of the private colleges. One open day remains to be held at Salesian Agricultural College on 15th April. Now is your chance to catch up with any you may have missed here
Upgrading an Old Milking Parlour
Francis Quigley, Teagasc milking machine specialist, outlines what farmers should consider when upgrading a milking parlour in respect of location, collecting yard design, handling facilities, good cow flow & water systems.
What is a GPS Fertiliser Spreader?
With the grant on GPS fertiliser spreaders now available to all TAMS applicants there is a lot of interest from farmers in making an investment in the new equipment. Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery Specialist explains that a GPS controlled spreader is more than just a guidance system
Target to make 75% DMD Silage this summer
Shane Devaney, Beef Advisor, Teagasc Longford, sets a target for all farmers to make 75% DMD Silage this summer. He has advice for those farming on heavy soils and he lists the benefits of making good quality silage here.
Extreme Weather Newsletter
Variation in grass growth and feed supply due to weather conditions is inevitable in our ruminant farming systems. It is important that farms plan ahead for the adverse weather events. Teagasc has identified steps to be taken at farm and industry level in this regard.
Research Insights Webinar - Increasing the value of beef from the dairy herd
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar held Wednesday, 31 March, Donagh Berry, Teagasc Researcher & Director of VistaMilk SFI Research Centre was joined by Alan Twomey, Nicky Byrne & Padraig French to discuss breeding & management strategies to maximise the value of beef from the dairy herd
Environment Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Mandatory derogation requirements from January 1, 2021; and Message from ASSAP: Is your silage storage fit for purpose?.
Clonakilty Agricultural College March Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides a March update on Dairying at the College. He talks about dealing with difficult grazing in March, coming to the end of the first grazing rotation, and has details of protected urea & slurry spread and more in a short video here
Getting Cattle out to grass
While some farmers like those shown here managed to achieve a late February or early March turnout, many do not. This year due to the poor weather and challenging grazing conditions many farmer have still to turn out young stock. Here are some tips from Longford Teagasc Advisor, Donal McCabe
The Signpost Series Webinar - Working with farmers to improve water quality
In this episode of The Signpost Series webinar, held as part of Water Quality Week, on Friday, 26 March, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd is joined by Noel Meehan, ASSAP Programme Manager and Edward Burgess, ACP Specialist Advisor, Teagasc to discuss working with farmers to improve water quality
Let's Talk Sheep - Nematodirus / Coccidia in Lambs
Join us tonight at 8pm for an hour-long Let's Talk Sheep webinar to learn more about nematodirus and coccidiosis in lambs. This is very timely as the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have just issued their Nematodirus forecast indicating peak larval hatching this week. Register here
Farm Business Options Webinar - Driving Diversification Through Social Media
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 30th March 2021, Barry Caslin was joined by Lisa Dunphy from Green Acre Marketing to discuss social media business options.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: ASSAP and Farmers Impact on Water Quality
In this Let's Talk Dairy Bonus podcast episode, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, is joined by Noel Meehan and Eimear Connery about the on-farm assessment carried out by ASSAP advisors to assess farmers’ impact on water quality.
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th April 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Weekly PastureBase data; Niall Callanan (dairy) & Aidan Maguire (beef) discuss grazing plans; Grazing tips to hold Average Farm Cover in this colder week; A video explaining “Band Method” grass measuring & more
It’s getting hot in here
Keith Lambkin, senior climatologist with Met Eireann joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn on the latest episode of the Environment Edge podcast to discuss global warming.
The key practices to achieve a 90% three-week submission rate
Stephen Moore joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge to identify the key practices to achieve a 90% three-week submission rate to maximise the 6 week calving rate during the spring of 2022.
New Lime Factsheet - The Facts on Applying Lime
Lime is most definitely the forgotten fertiliser on Irish farms. We are currently only applying 50% of our national lime requirements. In addition 80 to 85% of our soils are testing sub-optimal for major nutrients such as soil pH, P & K. Mark Plunkett, Teagasc Johnstown Castle has more information.
Have multi species swards a role on Irish farms?
Multi species swards have the ability to grow 11Ton of dry matter with no chemical nitrogen, but have they a role on Irish farms? Joe Kelleher, Teagasc Advisor, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick addresses this question here and discusses what is known so far about Multi species swards
Dairy Newsletter - April 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. This month's newsletter focuses on dairy breeding. It includes: Breeding guidelines for spring 2021; Research Update - Heat detection; Cow selection; Breed maiden heifers to dairy AI; and Breeding Week recap.
Feeding for fertility in the lead up to breeding season
Nutrition plays a vital role in achieving good herd fertility. Quality of feeding in the dry period and early lactation can affect outcomes. Teagasc specialist Joe Patton gives advice on getting nutrition right before breeding.
TResearch Spring 2021
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Spring Edition of TResearch has a special feature on grass roots - 70 years of grassland research; milk fractions for pigs; kelp; BREXIT & farm income.
Antimicrobials are drugs used to treat infections in humans & animals. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when micro-organisms that cause infections adapt & prevent an antimicrobial from working against it. Zerlina Pratt, as part of Farm Walk and Talk with AgriAware has more information
Dairy breeding at Kildalton College has a focus on increasing the EBI (Economic Breeding Index) of the college dairy herd. Here for the Farm Walk and Talk with AgriAware dairy lecturer Martin Raftice explains the advantages of improving EBI both for environmental and economic reasons
Grass10 Newsletter - 30 March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter. It includes: Weekly PastureBase data; Michael Lally, Meath discusses his plan for grazing; Spring grazing update from Winter Milk herd at Johnstown Castle; Spring Grazing Update from GFOTY Sheep Winner Peter McGuinness.
Research Insights Webinar - New Reproductive Technologies to Increase the Sustainability of Milk and Beef Production
On a recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar which took place on Thursday, 18 March, panellists on this webinar discussed the development of new reproductive technologies in relation to heat detection, sexed semen, IVF and male fertility.
Achieving high conception rates using sexed semen
Stephen Butler, reproductive physiology specialist at Teagasc joins Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss the potential that sexed semen can play to maximise the number of replacements born early in the calving season and increase the economic value of non-replacement dairy stock to be sold off the farm.
The cost of a missed heat
George Ramsbottom,Teagasc Dairy Specialist and Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc Research Officer talk about the key reproductive targets in seasonal calving dairy herds. They discuss slippage in calving interval and the cost and consequences of a missed heat here
Let's Talk Dairy - Grass10 Update
In this episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, is joined by Joseph Dunphy who works with the Grass10 team along with John Maher, John Douglas and Michael O'Leary to discuss current grass issues, common pitfalls and weather factors
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: John McNamara
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event is shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays in March. Last up is John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist on managing farm safety and health on farm
Farm Business Options Webinar - Farm Diversification in Co. Laois
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 16th March 2021, host Peter Doolan, Teagasc Laois was joined by three local farmers to discuss farm diversification into soft food produce, angling and organic dairying in Co. Laois. A Q&A session also took place
ASSAP Factsheets on Farming for Water Quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) have produced a series of five factsheets to help farmers maintain and improve the quality of water bodies in Ireland. They provide practical tips for farmers to implement which will benefit watercourses on their farms.
Planning a Successful Breeding Season with Francis Nolan
On Thursday, 25 March a Breeding Webinar took place with Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer Francis Nolan, Co. Kilkenny. Francis was joined by Richie O'Brien & George Ramsbottom, Teagasc and Joris Somers, Glanbia to discuss the steps Francis is taking to plan for a successful breeding season on his farm
ASSAP As Gaeilge
Ar mhaithe le sláinte an phobail i gcoitinne, is den riachtanas é, go bhfuil ard-chaighdéan uisce againn. Chun é seo a chinntiú, tá feirmeoirí fud fad na tíre, i gcomhairle le ASSAP, ag comhoibriú chun an t-uisce agus an timpeallacht a chaomhnú.
Silage Storage & Water Quality
Silage effluent is a highly polluting liquid and can cause fish kills in watercourses/rivers and contaminate wells if not collected, stored and land spread properly. It is important to examine and repair silage pits and collection channels when pits are empty to ensure safe storage.
Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
John Landers has a dairy farm beside the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. The river Colligan runs through John's land, it is one of 190 priority areas for action (PAA’s) where water quality needs some improvement.
Managing Farm Yards to Reduce Soiled Water Losses
Soiled water is defined in the Nitrates Directive as water from concentrated areas, hard standing areas, holding areas for livestock and other farmyard areas where the water is contaminated by livestock faeces/ urine, silage effluent, chemical fertilisers, dairy or vegetable washings. Read more here
Housing of Livestock
Livestock housed over the winter period need facilities that are fit for purpose and have adequate storage capacity for the statutory number of weeks. Claire Mooney, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, has some important guidelines here on the management of winter housing to prevent nutrient losses
Grass10 Newsletter - 23rd March 2021
Get the latest Grass10 update: PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model, cold weather forecast; Eddie ODonnell, Tipperary on his 2nd rotation grazing plan; Spring Grazing updates from Donal Patton & Barry Reilly, Ballyhaise Research Farm and John Galvin Sustainable GFOTY
Wetlands and Water
A combination of geology and abundant rain has endowed Ireland with an extraordinary array of wetlands covering some 20% of the country. Functional wetlands are among our most productive environments providing a vast array of eco-system services. ASSAP advisor Mary Roache has more information
Water Quality and the Freshwater Pearl Mussel
The freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) is a large filter-feeding bivalve. European freshwater pearl mussel populations have declined by 90 % over the past century. Mary McAndrew, Catchment Officer Pearl Mussel Project gives information on this long lived creature.
The importance of trees in Ireland
Ireland's waterways evolved in tandem with our native woodlands. Of the 16,000 townlands in Ireland 14,000 have names related to trees, forests and water. Farm forests are known to reduce the leaching of nutrients from agricultural soils
MCPA and rushes
In 2020 MCPA commonly used to control rushes was responsible for 46 out of 91 detected pesticide breeches. MCPA is water soluble, it does not bind to soil particles and therefore more prone to leaching and run-off to nearby waterbodies. Mary Roache, ASSAP Advisor Mayo, talks about Rush Spraying here
Best Practice use of pesticides
Monitoring of drinking water in Ireland continues to detect exceedances above the standard for certain herbicides. The chemicals causing greatest problems are MCPA (Agritox, Mortone, etc) and 2,4-D (Bandock EW, Mortox 50 etc). They are highly soluble in water. Kieran Kenny ASSAP Advisor has more
Pesticides and losses to water
What happens to pesticides after application? TEAGASC researchers have monitored the concentrations of commonly used herbicides in two agricultural river catchments as a part of the EU Horizon 2020-funded WaterProtect. Per-Erik Mellander, Catchment Scientist, has details of this on-going monitoring
Riparian buffer zones are patches of land adjacent to rivers, streams and drains, removed from intensive production. When designed correctly, they play a significant role in the reduction of diffuse inputs from agriculture entering our waterbodies.
The Caha Project
The Caha Project is a project where nine farmers have come together to protect a section of their local river. This length of river is particularity important as it has been identified as having a High Status Objective and is a Priority Area for Action under the Water Frameworks Directive
Drainage Maintenance to protect Water Quality
Ireland lies in a temperate zone where the main role of drainage is the removal of excess water in the root zone of crops from surplus rainfall, improving land trafficability and increasing productivity. Meabh O'Hagan, ASSAP Advisor and Niall McLoughlin, Lakeland Dairies has some advice.
Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
A recent analysis conducted by the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development programme indicates that approximately 6% of the country (420,000 Ha) is made up of cultivated peats across a wide range of farming intensities. Fiona Doolan, ASSAP Advisor Kildare/Laois, discusses Phosphorus Use on Peat Soils
Managing farm roads to protect water quality
Farm roadways are an essential piece of infrastructure on most livestock farms and in particular dairy farms. Under new Nitrates rules there shall be no direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways to waters from 1st January 2021. Padraig Fitzgerald, Teagasc Advisor lists the key points involved
Beep S and Dairy Beef Calf Programmes 2021
DAFM has announced the opening of a new €5m dairy beef calf programme for 2021.This new funding is in addition to the funding made available to the BEEP S programme. Aidan Murray, Teagasc Beef Specialist has details of the tasks involved, for farmers applying for either or both programmes here
What is a Riparian Margin & what can it do for Water Quality?
A Riparian Margin is the land that runs alongside our rivers and streams. Here, Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois, talks about a variety of riparian margins. She explains the benefits of a riparian margin on water quality and the role it plays in protecting rivers and streams
Managing Soil Phosphorous for Water Quality
Phosphorus is an essential nutrient particularly when it comes to crop establishment. Eddie Burgess, Catchment Specialist with the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme speaks more about managing soil phosphorus for water quality.
What impact can weed control & drainage work have on water quality?
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme advisors Mary Roache & Meabh O’Hagan join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast as part of Water Quality Week to highlight correct weed control management & tips on carrying out drainage work to reduce impact on water quality.
ASSAP - Working with farmers to improve water quality
The Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme - ASSAP is in existence since 2018. Advisors are working with farmers in Priority areas for action (PAA) across the country to improve water quality. ASSAP advisors Deirdre Glynn and Cathal Somers give information about the programme
Why LESS is more
Slurry application on Irish farms was often seen as a chore, done to relieve pressure on slurry storage systems in late winter / early spring, traditionally spread by splashplate. Today this is changing fast with the use of low emission slurry spreaders (LESS), as Eamonn Lynch Dairy Advisor,explains
Clover - Why Now?
Ever thought of increasing the diversity in your swards? This can be simply and profitably done across the whole farm over 3 years adding to the health of the soil, animals and consumers as well as reducing losses to water and emissions to the atmosphere. Lane Giles, ASSAP Advisor tells us more.
Why You Should Use Protected Urea
Protected urea allows farmers to spread urea based nitrogen during the growing season without the worry of nitrogen (N) being lost from the field through ammonia emissions. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and nitrate leaching when compared to CAN Cathal Somers gives more information
Nitrogen Use Efficiency = Cleaner Water
Deirdre Glynn, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor and Dr. David Wall, Teagasc Researcher both define Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) here. They discuss losses of Nitrogen and how we can avoid this going forward through soil testing, nutrient planning, responsible fertiliser and slurry spreading and more
How Nitrate leaching occurs
Nitrate leaching can occur during times of heavy or prolonged rainfall. Free draining soils are particularly susceptible to nitrate loss as it's very mobile in soil and readily leaches groundwater. The highest risk is in winter and early spring, as Prof Owen Fenton, Teagasc Researcher explains
ASSAP- Farming for Water Quality
ASSAP – Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advice Programme works with farmers in a free and confidential advisory service to help improve water quality. Priority areas for action (PAA) are being targeted across the country to improve water quality.
Farming for Water Quality in a Priority Area for Action - Farmer Testimonial
The Glenaboy river in county Waterford is currently at Moderate ecological status. The river catchment is in a Priority Area for Action (PAA) for the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP). Find out how farmers and ASSAP advisors work together to improve water quality
Water Quality in your area & accessing catchments.ie
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) operate a number of water quality monitoring programmes to assess the condition of waters in Ireland. The outcome these monitoring programmes is available to see on the EPA interactive map.The map can be accessed on the website catchments.ie
Water Quality Indicators - Chemical Sampling
It is important to understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientists demonstrate here what the chemical indicators of water quality are and how this sampling is carried out
Using kick sampling to determine the quality of water in a river?
Macro-invertebrates are small aquatic animals such as insect larva, snails, worms, beetles etc and are excellent indicators of water quality. Where rivers are unpolluted these are in abundance. Scientists examine these macroinvertebrates by kick sampling, as LAWPRO catchment scientists demonstrate
How to Maintain & Improve Water Quality
Eimear Connery and Noel Meehan join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge with an insight into the role of the Teagasc ASSAP programme and the efforts to maintain and improve water quality in Ireland.
Why is water quality important?
We need safe and secure waters to supply agriculture, industry and our drinking water needs. It is important that we understand what causes damage to our waters and work together to protect them. As part of Water Quality Week and World Water Day today, LAWPRO Scientist Ruth Hennessy has more here
The past, present & future of water quality in Ireland
In this bonus episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Jenny Deakin EPA catchment unit manager joins Teagasc’s Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the past, present & future of water quality in Ireland and how climate change will challenge us all.
EU's green deal - Essential role of legumes
This webinar is a Legume innovation and networking workshop which is hosted by Mark Gibson and brought to you by Teagasc. The legumes innovation workshop aims to identify transition paths enabling home grown legumes in a more sustainable food and feed value chain.
Ballyhaise Research Farm March Update
The Ballyhaise research programme has for 15 years focused on improving grazing systems for farmers in the BMW (Border Midlands West) region . The research looked at stocking rate, days at grass, calving date and feed inputs. Here Dairy Specialist James Dunne gives more information on new research
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Rena Buckley
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars for 3 Sundays. The second is Rena Buckley, giving pointers on Gaining Health through, Exercise and Diet
Let's Talk Dairy - Munster Bovine health screening
In this episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs is joined by Dennis Howard who is a Veterinary Surgeon with Munster Bovine. The topic discussed in this webinar is bulk milk health screening and its commonality in certain regions in Ireland with special emphasis in Munster.
Teagasc forest establishment workshops very well received
During February and March, landowners were able to participate in three one-hour online workshops “Planting a new forest - Getting started”, organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department. Close to 600 people registered for these workshops and each session had well over 300 participants
Recording Fertiliser with PastureBase
Reducing chemical fertiliser usage on farms is a challenge we could face in the near future. Growing 14 T DM Grass per ha whilst reducing chemical fertiliser is possible. This will reduce farm costs and be better for the environment. PastureBase Ireland can facilitate fertiliser recording. See here.
Clonakilty Agricultural College February Dairy Update
James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides a January - February update on Dairying at the College. He talks about the 2021 Calving season, Co-op results and spring grazing and nutrient application in a short video here
Water Quality Week
Teagasc Water Quality Week runs next week Monday, 22nd March to Friday, 26th March. Water quality week is organised in collaboration with the dairy processing co-ops and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). Noel Meehan, Programme Manager ASSAP has details of the plans for the week here
Farm Business Options Webinar - Agri-Tourism and Poultry in Cavan
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 9th March 2021, host, Bernard Doorley, Teagasc Offaly was joined by three local farmers to discuss agri-tourism and poultry in Cavan.
Save time by altering your milk feeding strategy this spring
If carried out correctly, Once A Day milk-feeding is a practice that can greatly reduce the labour required during the rearing period. James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, states that numerous Teagasc research trials show a 25% - 36% reduction in labour input required versus twice a day feeding
Teagasc Daily – One year on
Today is the 1st Anniversary of the introduction of Teagasc Daily, a new digital communication channel providing information to Teagasc audiences. It was set up in response to the first Covid related lockdown last March, as a digital tool to maintain knowledge transfer to Teagasc audiences.
Grass10 Newsletter - 16th March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team: weekly PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; grass growth set to double this week; Tomas O Brien, Mitchelstown on his grazing plan; Teagasc Grange Dairy calf to beef trial update & Pat Collins, Cattle GFOTY update
Using both dairy and beef AI
Teagasc in conjunction with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) is running a dairy breeding week this week. The focus of today's videos is on Using both dairy and beef AI, from the start of the breeding season. Siobhan Ring, ICBF, and Hugh Egan, Dairy Farmer, Co. Offaly outline why here
Keeping on the Right Side of the Wire
Although the weather last week slowed down grazing on many farms, some farmers flew through area over the past 2-3 weeks. Make sure you don’t run out of grass and stay on track, to keep grass in the diet & set up the farm for the 2nd rotation. This is the advice from the Pasturebase and Grass10 team
An Update on the Dairy Beef Index
As part of the Teagasc & ICBF breeding week, Teagasc researchers Nicky Byrne & Alan Twomey join Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to give an update on the Dairy Beef Index (DBI) and an insight into its impact in the future.
Saint Patrick in Ireland: Names and Places
Lá Fhéile Pádraig shona dhaoibh! For Saint Patrick’ Day we have a special map, dedicated to Ireland’s patron saint. The static map provides an overview of the townlands and settlements deriving their names from Saint Patrick, including a short summary of the mythology. Read on for more details
Managing late calving cows to shorten calving interval
We are now only weeks away from the start of the 2021 breeding season. Whenever you intend commencing your breeding season, the management of late calvers is something that needs to be given some thought in order to avoid them calving late again in 2022 or not at all. Stuart Childs has advice here
Top results with sexed semen
Sexed semen can be successfully used to increase numbers of dairy female replacements born and to reduce the number of dairy bull calves born. Teagasc recommends that early calving younger cows or maiden heifers are most successfully bred to sexed semen. George Ramsbottom, Dairy Specialist explains
How to improve likelihood of success with sexed semen
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 as part of Teagasc / ICBF Breeding Week.
Breeding maiden heifers on the out farm
Teagasc recommends that maiden heifers are bred with dairy AI as these are the most fertile animals in the herd and have the highest EBI. Make sure to target your heifers with sexed or conventional dairy AI to maximise the rate of genetic gain in your herd. Stephen Moore, Teagasc Researcher explains
Body condition score cows
Body condition is critical to a successful breeding season. Identifying thin cows early allows steps to be taken to improve their body condition in good time. The first step is to body condition score all animals in the herd. The next step is to provide extra care and attention to thinner animals
Feeding for Fertility
The quality of feeding in the dry period and early lactation is important in achieving good herd fertility. Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist, has advice here on getting some key targets right.
Getting more cows in calf during the first three weeks of the breeding season - Webinar
This Dairy Breeding Seminar webinar took place in April 2020. Dr. Stephen Moore, Teagasc Moorepark made a short presentation on recent research in the area of compact calving. Dr. Donal Patton, Teagasc Ballyhaise outlined the plans in place to compactly breed the Ballyhaise dairy herd.
Using teams of bulls equally
Teagasc and ICBF recommend that teams of bulls are used when breeding dairy cows as Margaret Kelleher, ICBF outlines here. This is the advice regardless of whether the bulls are genomically or daughter proven. The key message: when planning what bull to use, also plan how to use each bull equally
The key traits in dairy replacements to maximise income
Teagasc specialist Joe Patton and ICBF geneticist Kevin Downing join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to explore the key traits in dairy replacements to maximise income on Irish dairy farms.
Six point plan to successful breeding
Have you received the new dairy breeding guidelines for the spring 2021 breeding season? The guidelines include six simple steps which if followed will ensure the continued improvement of your dairy herd into the future.
Dairy Newsletter - March 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Getting grazing back on track!; Early turnout to grass of replacement heifers; Supplementing grass to improve milk solids yield; Lameness - around calving time; and Health & Safety.
Setting the targets for spring breeding 2021
Nationally only 65% of cows and heifers calve during the first six weeks of the calving season, ideally this should be at 90%. As part of Breeding Week 2021 the major factors to achieving a high six-week calving rate are discussed here
Using LESS Gives More from Slurry
Cattle slurry is a valuable source of N, P & K produced on farm. Nitrogen (N) in cattle slurry is in a similar ammonia form to N in urea & is easily lost to the atmosphere. Teagasc Advisor Mark O'Sullivan has valuable information on the benefit of using trailing hose or trailing shoe to apply slurry
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - John & Margaret Murphy
John & Margaret Murphy, Co. Cork are GLAS participants who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old stone outbuilding on the farm. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the past four days Teagasc Daily focused on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Farmer Safety Health and Wellness Webinar Series: Steve Redmond
Carbery Group, Cork recently held a Webinar on Farm Safety, Health and Wellness for farmer suppliers in advance of a busy spring. The Event will now be shown as a series of Webinars from today for 3 Sundays. The first is Steve Redmond, first person to complete the ‘Seven Ocean’s Challenge
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to an old 1740s tower building. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For one more day, of a four day focus, Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
Teagasc/ICBF Breeding Week 2021
The breeding season on Irish dairy farms has become increasingly concentrated in the late April to June period. Teagasc in conjunction with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) will run a dairy breeding week from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th March 2021 on important genetic & technical issues
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Kevin Wood
Kevin Wood, Co. Cork is a GLAS participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs mainly to a lofted grain store dating back to 1888. Eimear Connery, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For two more days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
New farm forests are backing biodiversity
Ireland’s new forests are working to reverse the decline in our national biodiversity and strengthen environmental sustainability. Teagasc Forestry advisor, Noel Kennedy, explains how biodiversity protection and enhancement are at the heart of today’s young forests.
GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme Farmer Focus - Siobhan Madden
Siobhan Madden, Co. Cork is a GLAS 3 participant who availed of the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme for repairs to adjoining 200 year old buildings. Enda Maloney, Teagasc Advisor has more details. For the next three days Teagasc Daily will focus on Co Cork participants of this scheme
The Signpost Series - Impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics
In this episode of The Signpost Series, Mark Gibson is joined by Paul Wagstaff, Senior Agricultural Advisor with Self Help Africa who speaks about the impact of climate change on smallholder food production in the tropics and the interventions that can be used to reduce the impacts of climate change
Planning for purchasing Dairy beef calves
We are now at the point of the year where peak dairy calf numbers are starting to appear in marts and on farm for sale. Alan Dillon, Teagasc Beef specialist, discusses the factors farmers need to consider before calf purchase.
Planning your Spring Grazing with PastureBase Ireland
Are you looking to graze more in March? On this webinar which took place on Wednesday, 3rd March, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through how you can use PastureBase Ireland to plan your spring grazing.
Grass10 Newsletter - 9 March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team including: Weekly PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Grazing and Fertiliser tips from the Grass10 team; Brian McCarthy, Teagasc Clonakilty on Spring grazing on Grass/clover trials, & Sean Barry, GFOTY Heavy Soils
Timoleague Agricultural Catchment Programme Update
Teagasc’s Agricultural Catchments Programme has been monitoring water quality in 6 locations across Ireland to investigate the impact of agriculture on water quality in these catchments. Oisín Coakley, ACP Advisor, provides an update on the 8km square Timoleague catchment here
Today's Farm - March/April 2021
The March/April edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. One of the main articles in this edition is a Q& A with the new Teagasc Head of Knowledge Transfer, Stan Lalor. It also has articles on fertiliser, Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), how birds use hedges, and more.
Fertilisation of clover swards
The use of clover in grassland to replace fertilizer N can substantially lower greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from pasture-based production. James Humphreys, Researcher and Dan Barrett, Farm Manager, outline Clover sward fertiliser management from 12 years research at Teagasc Solohead Farm.
Advice for getting your grazing back on track in March
Teagasc Grass10 advisor John Douglas joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with advice on getting your grazing back on track during the month of March.
Let's Talk Dairy - Body condition score at calving
On the latest episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist gives an insight into body condition score at calving in the Spring time. He also outlines what the ideal BCS bracket your cows should be in.
Water trough Location and Water Quality
Correct Water trough location is vital to ensure livestock have good access to plenty of drinking water while also ensuring there is no negative impact on water quality. Fiona Doolan, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor, Co. Laois discusses correct siting of water troughs on farm to meet these requirements
Farm Planning – Don’t leave it to the last minute
Andy Ryder, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Westport focuses on applications for and changes to, Herd Numbers. He identifies how this impacts on Basic Payment Scheme, ANC, GLAS and Forestry schemes. Andy emphasizes the importance of planning in advance and not leaving Herd No changes until the last minute
By definition, disbudding is the removal of an area of skin including the horn bud in a young calf prior to solid attachment of the horn bud to the skull. Disbudding is performed for economic and practical reasons: to prevent bullying and injury to other animals and human safety during handling
Signpost Series Webinar - The Signpost Farm Programme: Teagasc campaign for climate action
On a recent episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 19 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by Dr Tom O’Dwyer, Head of the Teagasc Signpost Programme to discuss The Signpost Programme - Leading climate action by Irish farmers.
Teagasc SRUC Digital Solutions Conference 2021
The role of digital in securing a green rural economy was the focus of a joint virtual conference, held by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Teagasc, which took place on Tuesday, 9th February. The virtual conference was the third in a series of annual events.
Farm Business Options Webinar - Social Farming
On a recent Farm Business Options webinar which took place on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, host Barry Caslin, Teagasc was joined by Helen Doherty, Social Farming Ireland and two social dairy farmers, to outline what anyone considering running a Social Farm enterprise needs to know.
Six Steps to Good Navel Care in Calves
On most farms shed space is at a premium at calving time and getting some of the first calved cows out to grass is key to relieving the pressure on sheds, unfortunately the wet conditions have not allowed this. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist, warns that this can increase navel ill cases
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd March 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; A return to dry and settled conditions; Grazing and Fertiliser advice for March; William Burchill update; Grazing Management Tips on Irish Sheep farms
What can I apply for under TAMS?
Teagasc specialist Tim Hyde joins Catherine Egan on this week’s Beef Edge podcast to discuss the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme, also known as TAMS which in January, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine announced it was extending.
The Role of Legumes in Reducing Fertilizer N Usage Webinar
Legumes can replace fertilizer N on grassland and arable farms, lowering greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions and improving water quality. The third Legume Innovation and Networking Workshop takes place online as an interactive webinar on Wednesday 3rd March at 9.30am. Register here
Soil sampling - Money well spent
Now is the ideal time of the year to take soil samples on your farm if you have not done so in the recent past as it will provide vital information on the soil fertility status of your farm. Ciaran Beatty, Teagasc Advisor, Castlerea, advises not to delay in having soil samples taken
The Importance of Hedgerows
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In this episode, Dr Catherine Kenna, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist, joins presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the importance of hedgerows as wildlife corridors
Early Management of the Dairy Beef Calf
With the main dairy calving season underway and dairy calves moving onto beef farms, having good practices in the early stages of dairy beef calf rearing will minimise problems later on. Vincent Ronayne, Teagasc Mayo, advises on a number of core principles which should be followed on every farm
Maximising Grass in the dairy cow diet
Getting cows out on grass is better for the cows, and beneficial for the grass plant. Nutritionally, spring grazed grass is far superior to grass silage indoors with digestibility of 80 + in terms of DMD. So the more of it you can get into the diet the better, advises Ciara O’ Shea, Teagasc Macroom
Key tips to reducing SCC
Milk quality specialist Don Crowley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with advice on how to tackle high SCC on dairy farms arising from poor grazing conditions and prolonged housing in early lactation.
Six Steps to SCC Success
The old proverb "Tús maith leath na hoibre" (a good start is half the work) is very relevant when it comes to management of Somatic Cell Count (SCC) in early lactation. Stuart Childs, Dairy Specialist and Don Crowley, Milk Quality Specialist list Six Steps to Somatic Cell Count (SCC) Success here
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Early lactation
On the latest episode of Let's Talk Dairy, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist is joined by Don Crowley, Milk Quality Specialist at Teagasc where they discuss the importance of early lactation cell count
Farm Business Options Webinar - Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises in Co. Cork
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar held Tuesday, 23 February, host Aisling Molloy, Drystock Advisor, Teagasc Kanturk was joined by Norma Dinneen, Bó Rua Farm; Ned English, Castlecor Potatoes and Teresa Leahy, Leahy’s Open Farm to discuss Award-winning potato, cheese and pet farm enterprises
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Early Lactation
In this bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series Stuart Childs is joined by Don Crowley, Teagasc Milk Quality Specialist where they discuss management in the milking parlour with freshly calved cows in order to try and stay ahead of the cell count before it becomes a problem.
Teagasc Insights Webinar Series - Advancements in animal breeding
Join Teagasc researchers on three webinars where they will discuss modern-day strategies to identifying genetically elite farm animals. The first webinar in this mini series will take place at 9:30am on Wednesday, 3rd March at 9:30am, followed by Thursday, 18th March and Wednesday, 31st March.
Additional resources to meet demand for Green Cert Courses | Teagasc Virtual College Open Days
Teagasc welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., giving approval for the recruitment of 20 fixed term education staff to meet exceptional demand for Teagasc Green Cert courses.
The Calf Show - Full series
'The Calf Show', a Teagasc Green Acres Calf To Beef Programme series took place from Monday 22, to Thursday 25 February at 7:30pm each evening, in conjunction with AgriLand. All four episodes in 'The Calf Show' series can be viewed here now
The Signpost Series Webinar - Protected Urea: A Research Update
On the latest episode of The Signpost Series webinars, which took place on Friday, 12 February, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd was joined by guest speaker Patrick Forrestal, Teagasc Johnstown Castle to discuss Protected Urea: A Research Update.
Are you interested in coming to a Teagasc College?
Interested in pursuing a career in the land and agri-food sector? Have you considered applying for a course at a Teagasc college? Teagasc colleges offer a wide array of full-time and part-time courses in agriculture, horticulture, equine, forestry and more. Sign up & Join our March Virtual Open Days
Grass10 Newsletter - 23rd February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Continue to walk your farm & monitor ground conditions; Research project on ability of on-off grazing to extend grazing & more
What do I need to know about my Basic Payment Application 2021?
In recent days farmers have been receiving a BPS information pack in the post containing maps and land details. On this week’s Beef Edge podcast, Teagasc Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell, joins Catherine Egan to discuss all you need to know about your basic payment application online form
Brexit Trade Deal prevents Predicted Drop in Farm Income
A new report by economists at Teagasc published today, 23 February estimates that the average family farm income (FFI) in Ireland may increase by 3 per cent in 2021. Overall, some price inflation for farm inputs will be more than offset by higher prices for some farm outputs. Read more here
New water protection measures
Under the Nitrates Action Plan and since 1st January 2021 further measures for the protection of water are required. Here, Eamonn Grace, ASSAP Advisor, discusses two important measures worth noting; Exclusion of bovines from watercourses and Location of water troughs away from watercourses
Nitrogen Use Efficiency
The Environment Edge is Teagasc’s environment podcast focusing on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. In the first episode of The EnvironmentEdge, presenters Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn speak to Dr. David Wall, Teagasc researcher in Johnstown Castle on improving nitrogen use efficiency
The Calf Show - Preparing your farm and choosing calves
'The Calf Show' is a Teagasc Green Acres Calf To Beef Programme series taking place from Monday, 22 to Thursday, 25 February at 7:30pm each evening, in conjunction with AgriLand. The first episode in 'The Calf Show' series (tonight) focuses on preparing your farm and choosing calves.
How to maximise the health and welfare of the cow and calf around calving
Vet John Mee joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast with practical tips to maximise the health and welfare of cow and calf around calving.
February Grass - Opportunities and Challenges
Grazing grass represents the Irish farmer’s greatest advantage in livestock production. It costs 3 to 4 times less than either silage or meal, stock performance is better and labour input is drastically reduced. Michael Donoghue, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Galway sets out a good spring grazing plan
Safety Tips when Handling Fertiliser
Fertiliser spreading season is upon us and so health and safety must always be a priority. Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Francis Bligh, looks at the actions that can be taken to prevent injury when handling fertiliser.
Could you grow 14Ton of grass with 200 units of Nitrogen?
The European Green Deal calls for EU farmers to reduce their chemical Nitrogen inputs by 20% by 2030. Nationally the Ag Climatise document re-iterates this target but also sets an interim target of a 15% reduction by 2025. Joe Kelleher, Dairy Advisor Teagasc, Newcastle West looks at achieving this
Safety at calving time
As we enter a busy period on many farms with calving occurring we should always take account of safety. A quarter of Irish farm accidents and one fifth of farm deaths are livestock related. Attacks by recently calved cows are a common cause of such accidents. Enda Geoghegan, Teagasc Advisor has more
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: The practicalities of Spring grazing
In this bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series Stuart Childs is joined by Donal Patton where the topic up for discussion is the practicalities of Spring grazing.
The Signpost Series - Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions – New Zealand’s story
Recently on the Signpost Series Mark Gibson was joined by Dr Sinead Leahy, Deputy Director and Senior Science Advisor with New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) to discuss how the farming community in New Zealand are responding to challenges presented by climate change
Grass10 Newsletter - 16 February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Dairy On - Off grazing; 1,2,3 for Spring N; Protected Urea use at Johnstown Castle; Beef benefits of Spring grazing and webinar details
Teagasc Mayo Webinar - Farming for a Sustainable Future
Teagasc Mayo is hosting a series of online events consisting of relevant and practical advice for farmers in the Region. This first webinar, on Wednesday 17 February at 8pm, moderated by Brendan Garry, Teagasc will focus on farming for a sustainable future. More details here on speakers and topics
Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland - Webinar
Are you looking to begin your journey measuring grass with PastureBase Ireland? On this webinar which took place on Thursday, 4th February, John Douglas & Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary, PastureBase Ireland go through a step-by-step process of using PastureBase Ireland
Mastitis Control in Early lactation
There's a number of issues that can impact on how smooth a calving season will run. Milk fever, retained foetal membranes, calf scour, difficult calvings and mastitis/SCC are only some of the issues. Here, Don Crowley, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Clonakilty, focuses on Mastitis Control in early lactation
The potential of Protected Urea to reduce emissions whilst maintaining grass production
Soil scientist David Wall joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to discuss the potential of Protected Urea to reduce emissions whilst maintaining grass production.
Lets Talk Dairy - The practicalities of Spring grazing
On a recent Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, Stuart Childs is joined by Donal Patton, where the topic for discussion is the practicalities of Spring grazing. In this webinar, Donal outlines the steps to approach Spring grazing and how to make it work for you no matter what land type you're working with.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Night time calving
In this bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series, Stuart Childs is joined by Marion Beecher where they discuss tips for night time calving, including research on the effect of silage feeding time on calving time. Covid planning and Calf rearing organisation were also discussed.
Environment Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dates for your diary; Think before you plant a new hedge; Message from ASSAP - Don’t lose any fertiliser you spread; & Message from Signpost Programme - Now is the time for climate action.
Forestry Workshops: A new forest – getting started
Connect with your local Teagasc forestry advisor by registering for three informal online workshops to learn about starting a new forest. From Monday 15 February through March, landowners can join their local one-hour online workshops with Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department to find out more
Farm Business Options Webinar - Value added food production in the Kerry/Limerick Region
On a recent Farm Business Options Webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 2 February, host, Padraig Fitzgerald, Teagasc Kerry/Limerick was joined by Nick Cotter, Cotter Organic Lamb; Kate Carmody, Beal Organic Cheese & John Hassett, Ballyhoura Development CLG to discuss value added food production
Although Spring is here we are still experiencing wintry weather with snow and hazardous conditions forecast for the coming days. It is with this in mind that Teagasc advises farmers to be 'winter-ready' and provides some useful tips for farming during severe weather conditions and advance planning
Grass10 Newsletter - 9 February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Images from farmers beginning spring grazing, details of a new Clover Research Programme, sheep farm spring grazing tips & more
The Signpost Series - Reduction of Methane gas emissions in agriculture
Recently on a Signpost Series webinar from 29 January, Mark Gibson, Teagasc ConnectEd and Pat Murphy, Head of Environment KT, Teagasc were joined by Sinéad Waters, Principal Research Officer, Animal & Bio-science Research Department Teagasc, to discuss reducing methane emissions from agriculture
Choosing a concentrate for freshly calved dairy cows at grass
Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist outlines the nutritional requirements of the freshly calved dairy cow while at grass. He gives examples of two good quality spring rations and discusses ingredients and their inclusion rates. Joe advises using high energy ingredients and offering high quality feed
New Regulations on Farm Roadways & Waters
Mark Treacy, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Clonakilty advises on the New Regulations on Farm Roadways & Waters which have come into effect since 1st January 2021. The new measures aim to further reduce Irish farming’s environmental footprint, with particular regard to water, climate and air quality
David O’Leary, 2020 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year
2020 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year David O’Leary joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give an insight into his pathway into dairy farming and the excellence in grassland he is achieving on a challenging soil type.
Lets Talk Dairy Webinar - Night time calving
On a recent Let's Talk Dairy Webinar which took place on Thursday, 4th February, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Marion Beecher to discuss night time calving and how Covid-19 has an impact on it.
Dairy Newsletter - February 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Start milk recording this spring; Feeding the young calf; Complete the first milk recording by St Patrick’s Day; Lameness around calving time; and Health & Safety.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Milk Fever
In this bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series, Stuart Childs is joined by Joe Patton, Teagasc Nutritionist to discuss milk fever.
Creating a farm plan that secures your future in farming
Sometimes in order to be successful, a business must reset – Bob McNair. Farmers are a resilient breed - they have faced many challenges over the last few years. Farmers who hope to improve their business must plan. Farm Management Specialist James McDonnell has some advice and guidance
Virtual Farmyard Tours
Due to COVID lock down restrictions,for farmers currently in the planning stages of building a new milking parlour one of the challenges is not being able to go and visit other farms. In the absence of farm visits Teagasc has started building a library of virtual farm tours on its website. See below
Farm Business Options Webinar - Irish Farmers Connecting to the Grid
On the Farm Business Options Webinar, on Tuesday 26 January, host, Barry Caslin, Energy & Rural Development Specialist, Teagasc was joined by Grainne Blount, Natural Forces; Tom Marren, Astatine and Rory Mullan, MullanGrid Consulting to discuss the options for Irish farmers connecting to the Grid
What Milk and Concentrates Should be in the Diet of the Calf?
During Animal Health Ireland & Teagasc Calf Care Virtual Week held recently, Pauline O’Driscoll, Dairy advisor Skibbereen, asked Teagasc Researcher Dr Emer Kennedy & Dr Joe Patton Teagasc Nutritionist to discuss the guidelines for feeding milk and concentrates in the diet of the calf.
Why not sign up to PastureBase Ireland?
PastureBase Ireland is the number one tool to help Irish dairy, beef, and sheep farmers manage their grass production and utilisation. Additional features are continuously being added to improve the user experience and quality of the information available to the farmer.
Grass10 Newsletter - 2 February 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week & Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; Using “On - Off grazing” this February to maximise days at grass; Using a Grass Budget to map out grazing and more
Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland - Webinar
Are you looking to begin your journey measuring grass with PastureBase Ireland? This is the theme of this Grass10 and Pasturebase webinar on Thursday 4th February at 7pm. Join the Grass10 & PastureBase team on a step-by-step process of using PastureBase Ireland. Follow the link to register below.
Getting the basics right – Robotic milking
On the recent special edition of Let’s Talk Dairy, Patrick Gowing and Stuart Childs, Teagasc discuss robotic milking in Ireland. Robotic milking is an increasing trend on Irish dairy farms with over 1,000 milking robots milking in the south of Ireland at present (~ 3.8% of the national herd).
A suitable fertiliser programme for the spring months ahead
John Maher, the Teagasc Grass10 Manager, outlines a suitable fertiliser programme for the spring months on Irish dairy farms on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge.
Let’s Talk Dairy Webinar – Milk Fever
On this episode of the Let’s Talk Dairy for January 28th 2021, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist is joined by Joe Patton, Teagasc Nutritionist to discuss milk fever.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Once-a-Day Milking with Farmer Michael John Delaney
In this bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series, Stuart Childs and Brian Hilliard spoke to dairy farmer, Michael John Delaney, at the recent Once a Day Milking Conference 2021 about his move to once-a-day milking and why it works for his farm.
2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Awards Ceremony Webinar
On Tuesday, 19 January, the Grassland Farmer of the Year Awards Ceremony took place as a live webinar. During this live webinar, the 15 finalists were profiled and winners of each category along with the overall winner were announced.
Teagasc re-introduce COVID-19 telephone helpline for farmers
Teagasc have confirmed today Friday, 29 January that the telephone helpline to assist with queries in relation to COVID-19 issues is re-opening for all farmers. The helpline 076 1113533 is open to all farmers Monday to Friday.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar January 21st 2021 - Spring Nitrogen Strategy
As part of the Let’s Talk Dairy webinar for January 2021, Stuart Childs discusses the Spring Nitrogen Strategy for 2021 outlining some reminders and pointers relating to the strategy itself.
Care of the Purchased Dairy Beef Calf - Webinar
Alan Dillon, Teagasc Beef Specialist was joined by Suzanne Naughton, a vet with MSD on this episode of Let's Talk Cattle which took place on Thursday, 14th January to focus on the care of the purchased dairy beef calf.
Grass10 Newsletter - 26 January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Elodie Ruelle’s MoSt Grass Growth Prediction Model; completing a Spring rotation planner; upcoming webinar “Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland" & Spring Nitrogen Action Plan
Farming for Water Quality
The prohibited period when slurry, FYM and fertiliser spreading is not allowed to be spread will come to an end after the 31st January for all farms. Zone C: Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan & Monaghan, have the longest closed period. Ivan Kelly, ASSAP Advisor, Teagasc, Galway/Clare talks on water quality
The importance of Spring Grazing for Winter Milk Herds
Winter milk herds require a spring grazing plan that will increase grazing days and pasture quality, is flexible to implement, and is tailored to the particular demands of that farm. James Dunne, Dairy Systems Specialist, Teagasc Ballyhaise, has important grazing management advice for this Spring
Spring Grass on the Dairy Farm-The Sustainable & Profitable Way
An extra profit of €250 or more per cow together with benefits for water and air quality is achievable on average Irish Dairy farms when a sensible spring fertiliser and grazing plan is followed. Tom Murphy, Dairy Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare advises how by making best use of spring grass
Feeding the dairy cow and achieving spring grazing targets in early lactation
Joe Patton joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss how to strike the balance between feeding the dairy cow and achieving spring grazing targets in early lactation.
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK Day 4
In the past week Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 4 below)
Early lactation Once-A-Day milking
As we approach the busiest, most labour intensive, time of year for dairy farmers it's a good idea to consider ways of reducing workload and labour demand. A great way to reduce workload is to implement Once-A-Day (OAD) milking for the first 4 weeks of calving, says Nicholas McKenna Dairy Specialist
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Improving your nutrient use efficiency
In this Bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, gives tips and advice to improve nutrient use efficiency on Irish dairy farms.
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK Day 3
In the past week Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 3 below)
Once a Day Milking Conference 2021
Once a Day Milking Conference 2021 took place virtually on Thursday, 14 January. The theme of this year’s online conference centred on the latest research on the impact of once a day milking on milk production and how to manage this effect. Speakers at this conference included Emer Kennedy, Teagasc
Goalposts Changing for Dairy Farmers
Dairy farmers are facing up to new challenges in 2021- trying to improve the sustainability on their farms. Whether farmers like it or not, the Irish dairy industry is entering a new era with greater focus on the environment. John Greaney, Teagasc/Aurivo Joint Programme Dairy Advisor has more
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK Day 2
In the past week Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 2 below)
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK Day 1
For the past four days Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 1 below)
Teagasc highlight Farm Diversification Opportunities
Farm Diversification is the establishment of a new enterprise on farm. It usually refers to a non-agricultural or novel enterprise. Many farmers and rural dwellers are interested in diversifying their farm enterprise. Teagasc has a suite of 79 Farm Diversification Factsheets and videos to help
What milk and concentrates should be in the diet of the calf?
As part of the Animal Health Ireland & Teagasc Calf Care Virtual Week Teagasc researcher Emer Kennedy & Joe Patton Teagasc nutritionist join Catherine Egan on the Beef Edge podcast to discuss the guidelines for feeding milk and concentrates in the diet of the calf. The detail is outlined below.
Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 published
In 2017, Teagasc launched a multi-year Grass10 campaign (four years, 2017-2020) to promote sustainable grassland excellence on Irish livestock farms (dairy, beef and sheep). The Grass10 Report 2017 - 2020 now published sums up the objectives of Grass10 and the progress made in developments to date
Grass10 Newsletter - 19th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Winner Caroline Walsh, and all the other category winners; details of upcoming webinar on "Getting Familiar with PastureBase Ireland" and catch up on January's "Win-win" webinar
What milk and concentrates should be in the diet of the calf?
As part of the Animal Health Ireland & Teagasc Calf Care Virtual Week, Teagasc researcher Emer Kennedy & Joe Patton, Teagasc nutritionist, join Catherine Egan on the latest Beef Edge podcast to discuss the guidelines for feeding milk and concentrates in the diet of the calf.
Caroline Walsh - Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Caroline Walsh is Overall Winner and Dairy Award Winner of the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 competition. Caroline farms in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork milking about 70 cows on a 20 ha milking platform. The awards reward the country's top grassland farmers by category, enterprise and merit awards
Creating a Win-Win for Farmer and Environment using PastureBase - Webinar
On this webinar, which took place on Wednesday, 13th January, the PastureBase Ireland and Teagasc Grass10 team were joined by Teagasc Soil Researcher David Wall, to discuss increased nutrient use efficiency (NUE) and special guest dairy farmer Kevin Moran, on recording soil fertility on PastureBase
Consumer perception of salted butter produced from different feed systems
Prof Kieran Kilcawley, Teagasc Moorepark, led a study on salted butter produced from three different feed systems (outdoor grass, grass/clover and indoor concentrate). These were evaluated by consumers from Ireland, Germany and United States. Analysis was used to identify key aromatic differences
Today's Farm - January/February 2021
The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on grass, covering topics such as getting ready for grass; Newford Herd makes gains on grass; why paddocks = profit and more.
David Brady - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
David Brady is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. David milks 100 cows on his farm near Stradone, Co. Cavan. In 2020 the farm grew 13 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
James Hoey - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
James Hoey is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. James farms dairy & tillage with his father Jim, near Dunleer, Co. Louth. In 2020 the farm grew over 16.3 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
How to maximise the health of the newborn calf in the early days
As part of AHI and Teagasc CalfCare Virtual Week, Michelle McGrath, Muireann Conneely and Niamh Field join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the care of the newborn calf to maximise health in the early days.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Using a Yearly Planner to Organise Yourself
In this Bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc was joined by Nollaig Heffernan, to offer some insight and practical tips around using a year planner guide to organise your year in an effective and efficient way to make better farm management decisions
Sean Barry - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Sean Barry is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Sean farms alongside his father Pat in Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick. In 2020 the farm grew over 13 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Graham Swanton - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Graham Swanton is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Graham is farm manager at Miletree Farm outside Clonmel and milks 510 cows. Graham's farm grew 17T DM/Ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Noel Hurley - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Noel Hurley is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Noel milks close to 200 cows in Kildorrery, Co. Cork. Noel's farm grew 15.7 T DM/ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
John O'Connell - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
John O'Connell is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. John milks 200 cows on 72ha in Rathduff, Co. Cork. In 2020, John’s farm grew 14 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Getting geared up for calving 2021 on spring calving dairy herds
With over 1 million calves arriving on dairy farms in the first quarter of 2021 Niall Kerins, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Listowel, Co. Kerry has a keen focus on calving. Compact calving and dairy herd expansion means doing the sums now on calf accommodation and looking at the available options
Niall Callanan - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Niall Callanan is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Farming outside Craughwell, Co. Galway, Niall plans to milk 240 cows this year. Niall grew 13T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
David O'Leary - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
David O'Leary is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Farming in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, David is a new entrant to farming and dairying. David grew 14.3T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
CALFCARE VIRTUAL WEEK - 18th to 21st January 2021
Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc are working together to run their annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. CalfCare Virtual Week runs from Monday, 18th until Thursday, 21st January 2021
Caroline Walsh - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Caroline Walsh is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. She farms in Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork milking about 70 cows. Caroline grew 14.2 T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Kevin Murphy - Glanbia Future Farm 2020 Performance Overview
The Open Source Future Farm Programme is a joint Teagasc / Glanbia Ireland knowledge transfer programme. It supports farmers like Kevin Murphy, demo farmer, to make the necessary changes for a profitable sustainable future. See Kevin Murphy's 2020 Performance Overview below.
John Galvin - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
John Galvin is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. John Galvin farms near Dunmanway, Co. Cork and milks just over 100 cows. John’s farm grew 14.7 T DM/Ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Pat Collins - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Pat Collins is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Pat runs a dairy calf to beef enterprise as well as tillage on the farm. In 2020, Pat’s farm grew over 15 T DM/ha.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Organic Dairy Farming - Batt Sheehan
Organic Dairy farmer Batt Sheehan farms in Ballynoe, Co. Cork. Batt gives an insight into organic dairy farming and outlines the main challenges he finds with organic farming.
Shane Kinsella - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Shane Kinsella is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Farming near Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Shane milks 88 cows. Shane grew 16.9 T DM/ha in 2020.Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Peter McGuinness - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition, Peter McGuinness is a tillage and sheep farmer from Trim, Co. Meath. Peter is a member of the Grass10 Meath Drystock Grass Course. In 2020 he grew 13.7 T DM/ha. Join the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 19th at 2pm to see the winner!
JP Hammersley - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
JP Hammersley is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. JP runs a dairy calf to beef farm near Lattin, Co. Tipperary. In 2020, JP’s farm grew 10 T DM/ha. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
Thomas Hogan - Finalist Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020
Thomas Hogan is a finalist in the Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020 Competition. Thomas runs a 60-cow suckler-to-store operation outside Nenagh in Co. Tipperary. Thomas grew 12.5 T DM/ha in 2020. Tune in to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday next, January 19th at 2pm to find out who will be the winner!
The importance of taking a proper soil sample
The principle of soil analysis is to determine the average nutrient status of an area and to show the available nutrients in the soil. Once known you can then apply nutrients to bring your soils to optimum fertility. Martina Harrington, Teagasc Beef Specialist advises on proper soil sampling below
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Using a Yearly Planner to Organise Yourself
On the final Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Series Webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Nollaig Heffernan, Independent Management Consultant to offer some insight and practical tips around using a year planner guide to organise your year and decision making
Grass10 Newsletter - 12th January 2021
Get the latest news & updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: Aine Murray, Teagasc Moorepark details the results of her trial work comparing Protected UREA to CAN & UREA; Key factors to consider when aiming to get a high response to early Spring nitrogen; & upcoming events
Once A Day Milking Conference 2021
Teagasc will address the practice of once a day (OAD) milking with a webinar on Thursday 14th January starting at 10.00am. While currently practised on an estimated 200 Irish dairy farms, interest in OAD milking continues to grow. Emer Kennedy Teagasc Moorepark is one of 3 speakers on the day.
Using PastureBase to Benefit the Farmer & the Environment
Creating a Win–Win Scenario for the Farmer & the Environment using PastureBase Ireland by reducing fertiliser costs and increasing nutrient use efficiency (NUE). This is the theme of this Grass10 and Pasturebase webinar on Wednesday 13th January at 7pm. Follow the link to register below.
Preventing Deaths with Slurry
The Slurry Spreading season commences in many parts of the Country after the 12th January. With 10% of deaths being slurry-related in the 10 year period to 2020, John McNamara and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Health and Safety Specialists discuss the dangers and prevention of deaths with slurry
Dairy Newsletter - January 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Keeping dry cows and in-calf heifers clean; Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: supplies; Virtual CalfCare week and Early nitrogen application.
The steps to achieving a successful OAD milking system
Once-a-day dairy advisor Brian Hilliard joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to outline the steps needed to achieving a successful OAD milking system.
Complete the Profit Monitor now
Early January is a great time to reflect on the year gone by and prepare a Profit Monitor. The Profit Monitor will look at the financial performance of your business in detail. Specialist George Ramsbottom outlines the benefits and process.
Getting farm safety culture right
In 2020 19 farm workplace deaths took place on Irish farms.This compares with an annual average of about 20 per year over the last decade. Farm workplace injuries are particularly associated with tractors and machinery, livestock, falls from heights and objects falling as John McNamara points out.
Farmers are rapidly upskilling in Information Technology
Charlie Devaney Teagasc Advisor Roscommon, encourages all farmers not to be afraid of change, to embrace technology and discover the benefits of accessing information and meetings online. Farmers and advisors alike are adapting to IT which has been accelerated through the Covid-19 lock-downs.
Hemp for a Sustainable Future – Teagasc award at BTYSTE 2021 announced
Cian Walsh, a transition year student at St. Brogan's College, Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co. Cork, is the winner of the Teagasc award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 (BTYSTE). Cian’s project looked at the social, economic and environmental benefits and drawbacks of growing hemp
TResearch Winter 2020
TResearch is an official science publication of Teagasc. It aims to disseminate the results of the organisation’s research to a broad audience. The Winter edition of TResearch has a special feature on Walsh Scholars 2020; Potato Blight; Acoustic sensors for monitoring dairy processes and more.
5 Steps to taking a soil sample
Here in just five easy steps Edward Egan & Tara Heaney, Teagasc Meath Advisors, take us through the process of taking a soil sample correctly in order to get a reliable soil result.
Teagasc at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE 2021)
Visit the Teagasc virtual stand in the ‘World of Science and Technology’ at BTYSTE 2021, taking place each day from 6th - 8th January at 9 am - 5.30pm. Find out more about the Teagasc prize that is awarded each year to an agricultural or food related project.
Grass10 Newsletter - 5th January 2021
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: William Burchill from the Teagasc/Dairygold joint programme looks at the cost effectiveness of LESS; Typical nitrogen values for slurry; Information on upcoming virtual events taking place in January.
New Joint programme between Teagasc and North Cork Creameries
A new Joint Dairy Programme has been agreed between Teagasc, North Cork Creameries (NCC) and Milk Suppliers. The Joint Programme will focus on improving farm profitability through better grassland management, improved nutrient management planning, breeding and nutrition.
Dairy Farm Energy
Farm businesses are under increasing pressure to become more energy efficient. Milk cooling, water heating & vacuum pumps account for the biggest proportion of energy use on dairy farms. It is these areas that offer scope for the greatest savings. John Upton & Barry Caslin have more information
Planning for the calving season: Cheap solutions to common issues
Currently dairy farmers all over the country will be starting or preparing for a busy calving season. Nicholas McKenna, Teagasc Dairy Specialist outlines solutions to two problems which may occur during calving - not enough space to calve cows and not enough accommodation for calves.
How to minimise workload and reduce stress during the busy spring period
Waterford farmer, Steven Fitzgerald, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the how he manages labour to minimise workload and reduce stress during the busy spring period.
Dairy Research Webinar - What beef bulls are suitable sires for the dairy herd?
On the November edition of the Dairy Research Webinar Series, which took place on Wednesday 11th November host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Dr Padraig French, Teagasc Moorepark to discuss what beef bulls are suitable sires for the dairy herd.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Managing your time to maximum effect
On a recent Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Marian Beecher, Teagasc Research Officer and Nollaig Heffernan, Independent Management Consultant to discuss good time management tips and techniques in dairy farming.
Aim for Zero Farm Accidents in 2021
Aim for Zero farm accidents every day in 2021. An accident causes tragedy and leads to tragedy, pain and suffering, and possibly lifelong disability. It is in everyone’s best interests to put time and effort into preventing accidents.This is the message from John McNamara Health & Safety Specialist
Let’s Talk Dairy Webinar - Grazing infrastructure and reseeding plans
On a recent episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Thinking about Dairy Farming, get the basics right which took place on Monday, 30 November, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist and Patrick Gowing, Teagasc Dairy Expansion Specialist focused on grazing infrastructure & reseeding plans.
Have you listened to the Beef Edge Podcast?
Podcasts are free audio shows that anyone with an iPhone, Android or computer can listen to. The Beef Edge podcast is celebrating its 1st Anniversary. Presented by Teagasc Beef Specialist Catherine Egan, the podcast covers the latest news, information and advice to improve your beef farm performance
Outlook 2021 Conference (Webinar)
Outlook 2021 Conference took place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December. This webinar included details on farm financials across all the major farming systems in Ireland, including output and input prices and agricultural income.
The Dairy Year in Review Part 2
Continuing the second in the two-part dairy year in review, on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast, Emma-Louise Coffey is joined by Teagasc Dairy Advisors Jim Moyles, Ciara O’Shea and Seamie Nolan.
New Nitrogen report published at Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
A new report: ‘Review of the Influence of Nitrogen Application Rate, Soil Type and Agroclimate Location on Grass Production, Feed Budget, Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Farm Profitability’ was published by Teagasc at this year’s Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference in November. See it here again below
Let’s Talk Dairy Webinar - Farmyard infrastructure design and building a capital budget
On the final episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Thinking about Dairy Farming, get the basics right webinar, Stuart Childs and Patrick Gowing, Teagasc focused on areas around designing a suitable farmyard infrastructure to suit your enterprise and building a capital budget.
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.
Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021 Webinar
The PastureBase and Grass10 team hosted an online webinar on Wednesday, 9 December to discuss achieving grazing excellence in 2021. The panel were also joined by Tipperary dairy farmer and Grass10 Carrick-on-Suir course member Jim White who outlined his PastureBase data for this year.
Gaining Wellness around Christmas Time
The year gone by has been like no other in terms of the challenge of keeping COVID-19 at bay. The holiday period at Christmas time presents a time to relax and gain ‘Wellness’ so ‘batteries can be recharged’ for the year ahead. John McNAmara Health & Safety Specialist has Wellness pointers for all
Keep safe during the Christmas break
Francis Bligh Teagasc Health & Safety Specialist, has some important advice for farmers in keeping safe during the Christmas break. Read about farmyard safety, creating a safe place on the farm for children, dealing with the cold weather, frozen pipes, lighting, farm animals, machinery and more here
Planning for calving: peak calf numbers and accommodation
As we move towards 2021 dairy farmers begin to turn their attention from drying off cows to calving them. An aspect of the calving season that may get overlooked is ensuring that you have enough calf space and accommodation to meet peak demand. Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist has the advice
The Dairy Year in Review Part 1
Teagasc dairy advisors Jim Moyles, Ciara O’Shea and Seamie Nolan join Emma-Louise Coffey for the first of a two-part review of the dairy farming year.
Dairy Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dusting cubicle beds; Feed lighter weanling heifers to catch up to target; Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: facilities and practices & Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene!
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Ag-Climatise report and ammonia emissions
On the December episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar, Stuart Childs outlines some findings from the Ag-Climatise report and some possible resolutions which can be achieved around ammonia emissions that we have to try to achieve in the coming years.
Environment Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Environment team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Hedges – rules and regulations; Know your derogation commitments & Message from ASSAP - How hedges protect water quality.
Grass10 Newsletter - 15 December 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including:Time to assess your soil fertility over December/early January; Make Protected Urea your fertiliser of choice in 2021; “Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021” webinar summary and Joining a Grass10 Grazing course
Teagasc Dairy breeding policy for 2021 breeding season
The Irish dairy industry has benefited enormously from the increase in the Irish dairy herd EBI, since its establishment in 2001. However, significant benefits can still be obtained by further increasing the EBI of the national herd. See the Teagasc Dairy breeding policy for 2021 breeding season
Aurivo Teagasc Joint programme 2021-2023
The Aurivo/Teagasc joint programme was launched this week by Raymond Barlow Chairman of Aurivo Co-op and Tom Kellegher, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager. The Joint Programme aims to improve farm profitability and environmental practices while ensuring that dairy farming is socially sustainable.
The technical performance of the dairy herd at Kildalton
Dairy teachers at Kildalton College, Zerlina Pratt and Aidan Nugent, join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the technical performance of the dairy herd at Kildalton.
Body Condition Scoring Dairy Cows Ahead of Drying off
Why carry out body condition scoring? In this article Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist reviews a recent Let's Talk Dairy webinar and summarises the main points around why and how dairy cows should be body condition scored prior to calving. He recommends carrying this out at least 3 times a year
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Managing Your Time to Maximum Effect
In this Bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy Webinar Series, Stuart Childs, Teagasc was joined by Marion Beecher, Teagasc and Nollaig Heffernan, Consultant, to discuss time management tips & techniques in dairy farm management, and managing one's own individual time in the farming day
New hedge on a dairy farm
Planting new hedges ties in very well with what is expected of dairy farmers in relation to environmental and profitable sustainable farming. Profitable dairying can work very well, hand in hand in fact with hedges.Catherine Keena, Teagasc Specialist and Tom Murphy, Dairy advisor
Hedge cutting advice
Our hedges are like our shop window - to have our farm aesthetically pleasing is important The consumer is looking for biodiversity and sustainability. Tony thinks that’s the way we’ll have to manage our hedges in future. Catherine Keena, Francis Quigley & Padraig McCormack Teagasc give advice
Achieving Grazing Excellence in 2021 Webinar
Do you understand and capitalise on your PastureBase farm reports? In this online webinar, the PastureBase and Grass10 team will be joined by dairy farmer & Grass10 course member Jim White to review and analyse Jim’s reports. Essential for any farmer wanting to achieve grazing excellence in 2021
How to achieve target performance through simple, proven technologies
Dairy farmer Dara Killeen and specialist Patrick Gowing joined Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to discuss the targets set out in the Teagasc Dairy Roadmap and consider the targets achievable at farm level.
How does liquid contract affect % autumn calving?
Two compact blocks of calving for 10-12 weeks, starting in early February & early October, is an ideal structure to match winter supply and contracts for most liquid milk farms. However, James Dunne advises the relative proportion of the herd calving in each block depends on level of liquid contract
Soil Health Series: Soil Chemical Quality Indicators
Soil health emphasises the soil biological community as a key driver of soils capacity to deliver multiple functions. Researcher Karen Daly tells us about chemical indicators that can be used to assess the health of our soils.
Soil Health Series: Soil Physical Quality Indicators
Soil health is described as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals & humans. Researchers investigated different types of soil physical indicators. Teagasc Researchers Owen Fenton, Dermot Forristal & Giulia Bondi give more information.
World Soil Day
World Soil Day is marked on 5 December each year as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to promote sustainable soil management. Find out more about World Soil Day and the work being carried out within the Soil Programme in Teagasc.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Body Condition
In this Bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs is joined by Joe Patton, John McCabe and John Paul Murphy from Moorepark farm to discuss body condition and how to deal with and manage with cows on low side of body condition.
New rules for farm roadways in 2021
New requirements on farmers to prevent direct runoff of soiled water from farm roadways from 1st January 2021 are published. Cathal Somers, Teagasc ASSAP Advisor has more information as part of the Teagasc Waterford/Kilkenny Sustainability Series.
Grass10 Newsletter - 1 December 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; walk your farm this week and establish closing Average Farm Cover; and an update on the current grass - clover trials taking place on the Clonakilty Research Farm.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Body Condition
Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, was joined by Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist, John McCabe Dairy Advisor and John Paul Murphy, Moorepark Farm Manager, to discuss body condition and how to deal with and manage cows on the low side of body condition
TB Forgotten but not gone!
TB is a chronic, highly infectious disease of cattle caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis which also can infect and cause disease in many other mammals including humans, deer, goats, pigs, cats and dogs. Ciaran Beatty Teagasc Drystock Advisor, Castlerea advises on preventing TB on farm
The FarmDemo Training Kit has been updated
A unique collaboration between three European H2020 projects, AgriDemo-F2F, PLAID and NEFERTITI, resulted in the development of the FarmDemo Training kit for the organization of farm demonstration events. John Moriarty Advisor on the NEFERTITI and NEWBIE EU H2020 projects has the information
How to establish white clover in grazing swards
Recorded live from the 2020 Virtual National Dairy Conference, this week’s Dairy Edge podcast features dairy farmer John MacNamara and grassland researcher Mike Egan to discuss how to establish white clover in grazing swards.
Incorporating clover in grassland, Reducing chemical fertiliser and increasing milk solids.
Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist reports from the recent Teagasc National Dairy Conference 2020, to highlight some of the main points made by John McNamara, Grassland farmer of the year 2018 and Michael Egan Grassland researcher, including the establishment of white clover in the grass sward
Visual assessment of silage quality
Pay Moylan, Teagasc Kilkenny outlines three simple ways in which farmers can analyse silage visually at the silage pit phase. These are looking at the colour & smell; how you assess dry matter and most importantly dry matter digestibility (DMD).
Johnstown Castle Winter Milk Trials - November update
At Teagasc Johnstown Castle dairy unit in Wexford, the main focus is on investigating winter milk systems. Aidan Lawless, Farm Manager and Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist give a November update on the two Autumn herds.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Working Efficiently
Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Marion Beecher, Teagasc and Aidan Aherne, dairy farmer for the second webinar in the Let's Talk Dairy Time and People Management Series which took place on Thursday, 19 November.
2020 Virtual Dairy Conference - Overall Summary
On Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th November, the Teagasc 2020 Virtual Dairy Conference took place. This was in the form of a webinar each morning at 10am followed by “The Dairy Edge Podcast” live at 7pm each evening. Access all the latest dairy research and best technical advice from both days here
A Waterford Farmer testimonial on the ASSAP service
In this week two of the Sustainability Series, Cathal Somers reports on the Agricultural Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme (ASSAP), working in Priority areas for action across the country to improve water quality. We learn about the focus of a Waterford dairy farmer and about Kick Sampling
Outlook 2021 Virtual Conference
Outlook 2021 Conference takes place virtually this year on Tuesday, 1st December at 9:30am. This webinar is relevant to farm representative organisations, food businesses and representative bodies, financial institutions, academics, policy makers and farmers.
Dara Killeen - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
Dara Killeen from East Galway is a new entrant to dairy farming in 2019. Dara discusses the importance of stock and grass productivity to his system. Dara outlines the investment during the conversion including stock, grazing infrastructure and maximising the use of existing sheds and facilities.
Teagasc 2027 Dairy Roadmap published at Virtual Dairy Conference
A new Teagasc Dairy Roadmap for 2027 was published during the Teagasc Dairy Conference on 25 November. It includes Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental and land use implications; along with research, advisory and education actions.
Brian Rushe - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
In this short clip Brian Rushe, Kildare dairy farmer details the practices that he has adopted to improve the efficiency of his dairy farming enterprise. Brian converted to dairying in 2013 from a suckler to beef and tillage farm. He shares his focus on breeding for fertility and on soil fertility
Grass10 Newsletter - 24 November 2020
Get the latest news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Walk your farm & measure grass this week; interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 & a research update from Philip Creighton in the Sheep Demonstration Farm in Athenry.
Grassland Farmer of the Year 2018 - John MacNamara - Virtual Dairy Conference 2020
John MacNamara won the 2018 Overall & Dairy Grassland Farmer of the Year. Here he discusses the benefits of Pasture Base for his farm as well as the improvements he has made on farm since he took over the farm from his father
Improving Nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) will save you money
So what exactly is NUE? NUE is a calculation, explains William Burchill, Teagasc that measures how efficiently nitrogen in slurry, feed & fertiliser converts to milk and meat. Nitrogen Use Efficiency will leave more money in your pocket as well as all of the environmental benefits that go with it.
Reducing chemical N fertiliser usage - Jack Nolan - Virtual Dairy Conference
Can you reduce Nitrogen fertiliser use in 2021 by a half bag of Urea or 1 bag of CAN? This is the challenge being put to farmers by Jack Nolan, Senior Inspector Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine (DAFM) Water Quality and Biodiversity department.
Make a small change that will make a BIG difference
Climate change and its associated policies has seen increasing pressure on agriculture worldwide to reduce its Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.The same is true in Ireland. Agriculture is classed as a significant contributor to GHG emissions in Ireland. Áine Murray, Teagasc PhD student has a solution
The Surveillance and Early Detection of Disease in Ireland’s National Herd
Vet Michael Horan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge podcast, to discuss the role the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine plays in ensuring a high level of surveillance and early detection of disease in the animal population in Ireland.
Teagasc National Dairy Conference 2020
On this Tuesday 24th November and Wednesday 25th November, Teagasc will bring you the latest dairy research and the best technical advice for dairy farmers through its National Dairy Conference which will be held as an online webinar. Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist has all of the details below
Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Understanding EBI and Sourcing the right stock
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy Special Series - Thinking of Dairy Farming? Get the Basics Right webinar, Stuart Childs and Patrick Gowing, Teagasc Dairy Specialists are joined by Ashleigh Fennell and Evan Kelly to discuss understanding EBI and sourcing the right stock
‘Farming for a New Decade’ – New Kerry Agribusiness / Teagasc Joint programme
Kerry Agribusiness and Teagasc launched their new phase of the dairy joint programme on zoom on Tuesday, 17 November. ‘Farming for a new decade’ is the ninth chapter of the Teagasc / Kerry Agribusiness knowledge transfer programme that began in 1994.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar: GHG Emissions
In this episode of Let's Talk Dairy Webinar which took place on 12 November, host Stuart Childs talks to Laurence Shalloo, Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahart who are working on greenhouse gas emissions at Teagasc Moorepark. Also available as a bonus podcast below
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Transferring the family farm is a business transaction with complex issues to address. An online seminar on farm succession with Teagasc Farm Management Specialists was held to help farm families with this process. It covered all aspects that need to be considered when writing a succession plan
Teagasc Virtual Dairy Conference
This year’s Teagasc National Dairy Conference moves online with a series of four virtual events to take place across two days, on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November at 10am and 7pm each day. The focus will be on the efficient use of fertiliser nitrogen and on improving sustainability.
Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards 2019 - We have a winner!
Enda Farrell of Co. Longford, is the 2019 Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year. The announcement was made at an online virtual awards ceremony on Monday. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, congratulated Enda Farrell and all finalists, wishing them well in their careers
Grass10 Newsletter - 17 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Grazing coming to an end on most farms for 2020; Interpreting your PastureBase reports for 2020 and an update on the Winter milk trials in Johnstown Castle.
The Embrace Farm Accident Support Network and how it can help
From 2010 - 2019, 214 farmers lost their lives through a farming accident. On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge Podcast, founding member of Embrace FARM (Farm Accident Support Network) Norma Rohan outlines the services it offers.
A Checklist of Important Tasks for the Coming Months
Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist has summarised a checklist of the important tasks to be undertaken on the dairy farm in the coming months. These include soil and silage testing, feeding minerals, drying off and paperwork. He also highlights the importance of taking time off from the farm work.
Hygiene of the utmost importance when cows are indoors
Mastitis in cows is almost always caused by bacteria that have gained access to the udder through the teat canal. During the dry period, bacteria can only enter the udder from the environment. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist tells us more about the importance of clean housing indoors.
Sustainable Dairy Farming and the Challenges Ahead
Tom O’Dwyer Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to detail the challenges that dairy farmers have overcome in the last fifty years.
Selective Dry Cow Therapy – It’s time to bite the bullet!!!
Séamus Nolan, Dairy Advisor simplifies the process of Selective Dry Cow Therapy and gives some insight into Antimicrobial resistance.
Thinking about Dairying? - Let's Talk Dairy Webinar
In this special episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar, Stuart Childs runs through what to expect if you are signed up for the Dairy New Entrant Course or thinking of signing up. He was joined by Patrick Gowing, who spoke about a case study on Peter Hamm about a low cost conversion to dairying.
Transferring the Family Farm Online Event
Join us on Tuesday, 17 November at 7:30pm for a short seminar on farm succession, led by Teagasc Farm Management Specialists followed by an opportunity to submit your questions to them privately and have them answered on a one to one basis.
Today's Farm - October/November 2020
The November/December edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on the environment, covering topics such as the Teagasc Biodiversity Management Practice Index (BMPI); How to reduce energy consumption on your dairy farm; farm roadways and more.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Making Dairy Farms an Attractive Place to Work
In this Bonus podcast episode of the Let's Talk Dairy webinar series, Stuart Childs is joined by labour researcher, Marion Beecher, and management consultant, Nollaig Heffernan, to give insights into making dairy farms an attractive place to work.
From Farm to Fork, how grass can be made into milk and cheese.
Teagasc Staff; Marion Beecher, Emer Kennedy, Eimear Ferguson and Margie Egan, are together addressing the questions you have about cows for Science Week. Why grass is green or how grass grows? Why cows can eat grass but humans cannot? How much does a cow eat and drink in a day? Find out more..
Grass10 Newsletter - 10 November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team in this week's newsletter including: PastureBase data for the week; Closing paddocks on time as we look forward to spring grazing; Grass quality results from the clover trial in Clonakilty; Teagasc Heavy Soils Programme update & more.
Smarter milking to increase efficiency and reduce repetitive strain injuries
Padraig O’Connor, Teagasc Milking Technician, recently gave a presentation on Smarter Milking in order to reduce repetitive strain injuries and how to improve milking efficiency. Here Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist focuses on the objectives of a good milking routine in order to Milk Smarter
International Whey Conference (IWC2020) - A Better Whey of Life
The IWC is a unique forum uniting the whey business and scientific community worldwide for an interactive dialogue on the most relevant aspects of whey production, processing and applications. This year, it's online for the first time with three webinars on markets, nutrition and technology.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar: Making the industry/your farm an attractive place to work
Stuart Childs Dairy Specialist is joined in this Let's Talk Dairy episode by Marion Beecher, Teagasc Research Officer speaking on labour efficiency and student work potential on the dairy farm; and by Nollaig Heffernon, Macra Skillnet speaking on labour selection, stress management and much more
A Checklist of Important Tasks for the Coming Months
On this week's Dairy Edge podcast EmmaLouise Coffey is joined by Joe Kelleher, Dairy Advisor who has a checklist of important tasks to complete in the coming months, including assessing total annual grass production, soil testing, dry cow therapy strategy, parlour maintenance and relevant paperwork
Dairy Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Make spring grass your priority; Taking a selective approach to drying cows off; Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: people; & Preparing for a successful dry cow period.
Winter Management of dairy beef cattle groups
Vincent Ronayne, Drystock Advisor, discusses the winter management of the two primary types of stock on the dairy-beef finishing farm: the young stock from 2020 and the stock facing their finishing winter period. He outlines the separate and different treatments required for housing and feeding
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar
The Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report 2019 Webinar took place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. It provided an overview of the latest Sustainability Assessment for Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc 2020
Join Teagasc for a series of exciting virtual events for Science Week (November 8-15) as part of ‘The Festival of Farming and Food – SFI Science Week at Teagasc’. The theme for Science Week 2020 is ‘Choosing our Future’; focusing on how science can improve our lives in the future and in the present.
The Signpost Series - Animal breeding a cumulative & permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
In this episode of The Signpost Series of Sustainable Agricultural Webinars, Donagh Berry, Centre Director of VistaMilk, Teagasc speaks about using animal breeding as a cumulative and permanent strategy to environmental stewardship
Grass10 Newsletter - 3rd November 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week, advice on Average Farm Cover and managing grass availability now for Spring grazing, the benefits of liming now, details of Aidan Maguire's Autumn Rotation Planner and LESS application in Spring
Lets Talk Dairy Webinar - Winter Milk Production Johnstown Castle Herd
In this Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Aidan Lawless, farm manager in Johnstown Castle and Joe Patton, Teagasc Nutrition specialist to talk about the winter milk production specifically around the winter milk herd in Johnstown Castle
Webinars for Farmers Sligo Leitrim Donegal
Starting tonight and running over the following 6 Tuesdays, Teagasc Advisers in Sligo, Letrim and Donegal are hosting a series of one-hour zoom webinars for farmers on a range of relevant topics. Facilitated by Cian Condon, Advisor, the webinars and access details are outlined below
Choosing cows for Selective Dry Cow Therapy (SDCT)
Nicholas McKenna, Dairy Specialist, gives an overview of using the Milk Recording Somatic Cell Count (SCC) ICBF report to assist with choosing cows suitable for Selective Dry Cow Therapy (SDCT). He outlines guideline criteria for farmers new to SDCT and advises on a good standard of record-keeping
Teagasc National Farm Survey Sustainability Report - 2019 Webinar
Sustainability is at the core of Agricultural Policy both in Ireland and in the European Union. Join Teagasc researchers to learn about the Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability of Irish Agriculture, including outcomes for 2019.
The Three Priorities of Autumn Grazing
Micheál O’Leary joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give targeted advice based on the level of grass on farm as we approach the housed period. Micheál emphasises the three priorities of autumn grazing: feed the cow, hit grazing residuals and avoid doing damage
Reducing nutrient losses and fertiliser use
TEAGASC researchers have spent many years looking at alternative nutrient sources to reduce chemical fertiliser demand on farms. Researchers David Wall and Patrick Forrestal give information on this research and what it could mean for farmers.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: The performance of the winter milk herd at Johnstown Castle
With the current Covid restrictions in place, Teagasc is running a weekly Let's Talk Dairy webinar series which is also being made available afterwards as a bonus podcast episode.
Thousands of kilometres of new fencing required on heavily stocked farms
On January 1st next, every farmer stocked at greater than 170kgs organic Nitrogen per hectare (NPH) is going to have to fence off all drains, streams and rivers on their farms. Teagasc advisor Joe Kelleher gives more information on what is required.
On the path to biodiversity recovery
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 has proposed a number of challenging targets that will inform policy, practice and research for the coming decades. Researchers John Finn and Daire Ó hUallacháin go through some that are relevant to agriculture
Lighten the Load - a campaign to reduce the incidence of Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland. Padraig O'Connor Teagasc milking technician gives advice and tips on smarter milking which will help reduce in particular repetitive sprain injuries.
Dairy calf to beef systems research update Teagasc Grange
The current research focus is to compare the performance of three DAIRY-BEEF genetic groups. These groups consist of male Holstein Friesian (HF) and two Angus (AAX) groups. Researcher Nicky Byrne gives an update on the herd and some recent performance figures.
EU Green Deal for a climate- neutral Europe
The EU Green Deal is the big initiative of the recently installed EU Commission. Led by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen it has the overall aim of making Europe a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Articles on the main aspects of the Green Deal will be published here on Teagasc Daily.
Understanding the Silage Test Results
Silage will form the staple diet of cattle for up to 6 months. It is important to know its’ exact feed quality. Visual assessment is not adequate when it comes to determining the quality of your silage - get it analysed. Teagasc advisor Sinead Devaney has advice on understanding silage testing.
Grass 10 Newsletter October 27th
The Grass10 team give a number of grass related updates including: PastureBase data for the week. There' sinformation on autumn closing targets, wet weather grazing tips and pottasium (K) offtakes. Researcher Nicky Byrne gives an uipdate on the dairy calf-to-beef trial in Teagasc Grange.
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders ( MSDs) among Farmers in Ireland - Webinar
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a serious cause for concern for farmers. Research found that 57% of farmers lost full time workdays, with over 22% losing 15 days or more. Join the webinar on Thursday, 29th October to get advice and information on prevention of MSDs
Teagasc Moorepark Grass - Clover Research programme - update
The grass - white clover research programme at Teagasc Moorepark is comparing herbage and milk production from three pasture-based systems, all stocked at a whole farm stocking rate of 2.74 cows/ha. Researcher Dr. Deirdre Hennessy & Ellen Fitzpatrick (PhD student) give an update on the programme.
The Opportunities & Barriers to Drystock Farmers Working on Dairy Farms
Teagasc Walsh Scholar Eamonn O’Flaherty joined Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast to give an insight into the barriers to drystock farmers taking up part-time employment opportunities on dairy farms.
Setting up the winter diet for freshly calved cows
Joe Patton, Dairy Specialist and Aidan Lawless, Dairy Farm Manager at Johnstown Castle, stress the importance of having a feeding plan in place for the winter milk herd, outline the 3 importance steps involved and discuss the diet of the Johnstown Castle Winter Milk Herd.
Farm Business Options Webinar: Steps towards an on farm diversification
The second webinar in the Farm Business Options Series took place on Tuesday, 20 October. Host Barry Caslin, Teagasc Energy & Rural Development Specialist was joined by Allen McAdam, CEO, MCA Consulting to discuss the steps towards an on farm diversification.
Lets Talk Dairy Webinar - Selecting Cows for Selective Dry Cow Therapy
On the latest Let's Talk Dairy webinar host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist runs through using ICBF reports in order to select cows to be put forward for selective dry cow therapy
Grass10 Newsletter - 20 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including: PastureBase data for the week; tips on grazing during wet weather; grazing when silage in the diet; monitoring autumn rotation plan; Autumn closing plan – Sean & Pat Barry, heavy soils update & Moorepark clover trial update.
Considering Selective Dry Cow Therapy
We have all heard about the new legislation that will be in place in January 2022. This has been brought about because of the increase in resistance to antibiotics of bacteria that cause illness in humans. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist has more information on SDCT.
What’s in Budget 2021 for Dairy Farmers?
With the Government announcing a large spending package in this year’s Budget 2021, Financial Specialist Kevin Connolly joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the agricultural measures for dairy farmers.
Preparing for housing on dairy farms
Mairead Kirk, Dairy Advisor Teagasc Louth advises on preparing for winter housing. Starting with the cubicle shed, ensure it is cleaned, inspect all fixtures for damage or defects. Act now while sheds are empty. Are supplies in place; straw, lime, salt? Planning now will ease winter workload
Ballyhaise Extended Grazing Trial
Donal Patton, Dairy research technologist, has summarised the trends emerging from the final year of a four-year trial in Ballyhaise. The trial looked at extended grazing on heavy soils in Northern regions comparing two grazing season lengths and two stocking rates.
Working Towards Positive Mental Health
Over the last number of months, farming has been challenging. COVID-19 has made the normal demands of farming even more difficult which can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists have some advice on Positive Mental Health.
Dairy Beef WebEx Event 2 - 15th October 2020
The second joint CAFRE/Teagasc dairy calf to beef WebEx event takes place on Thursday, 15th October at 7:30pm. It will focus on the CAFRE dairy beef KT project winter feeding regime & there will be an opportunity to hear about the research carried out by Teagasc in relation to dairy beef production.
Grass10 Newsletter - 13 October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips on the paddocks to close throughout October; holding onto AFC; Autumn checklist for farmers; Autumn closing plan for John O’Connell, Sheep GFOY Winner and more.
Selective Dry Cow Therapy
New European legislation will take effect from January 28th, 2022 which will mean that we will no longer be allowed to administer dry cow tubes to all quarters of all cows in the herd (blanket dry cow therapy). Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist has more information on the new legislation.
Insights and experience of selective dry cow therapy from Pallaskenry
Pallaskenry Farm Manager Brendan Ryan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the use of selective dry cow therapy (DCT).
Farm Business Options Webinar Series
A new weekly Teagasc webinar called ‘Farm Business Options’ will feature news, views and interviews on current topics relevant to farm business diversification in Irish Agriculture. Farm Business Options will be broadcast live from 11am to 12noon every Tuesday from October 13th 2020.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk
This week's Let's Talk Dairy webinar bonus episode features the Fitzgerald family farm virtual farm walk sharing their experiences of sustainable farming with Emma Louise Coffey
Grass10 Newsletter - 6th October 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, Tips on the paddocks to close throughout October, Autumn checklist for farmers, closing plan for dairy calf to beef farmer Aidan Maguire, Co. Meath and Autumn grazing research study Teagasc Moorepark
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk - Work-life balance & Water quality
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald family from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Here we focus on work -life balance and water quality on the farm
Dairy Beef WebEx Event 1 - 8th October 2020
Invitation to attend the first of two joint CAFRE/Teagasc dairy calf to beef WebEx events. Event one provides an overview of current Teagasc dairy calf to beef research and a review of CAFREs dairy calf to beef technology project including James Hendersons dairy calf to beef enterprise.
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk - Energy & Biodiversity
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald family from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Here we focus on the Energy Efficiency and Biodiversity themes from the day.
Dairy Farmer Profile - Dara & Charles Killeen
Dara and Charles Killeen from Eyrecourt, Co Galway, began dairy farming in 2019 with 95 in-calf heifers and have increased to 153 cows milking this year. Prior to this, Dara and his father were farming 500 ewes and 120 beef cattle. Martina Gormley & Patrick Gowing, Dairy Specialists have the details
Fitzgerald Family Farm Virtual Farm Walk Webinar
On Thursday, October 1st 2020 Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer Shane Fitzgerald participated in a live webinar from his farm. This was followed by a virtual farm walk of his farm where he gave information on the steps being taken to reduce the carbon footprint of his milk production system.
Dairy Edge Episode 141
Francis Bligh, Health and Safety Specialist at Teagasc, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss health and safety on the farm workplace.
Dairy Newsletter - October 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: closing the farm up correctly; check weanling and in-calf heifer weights; getting winter ready; getting value from silage analysis & things to do for October.
Fitzgerald Family Virtual Farm Walk
On Thursday October 1st the Fitzgerald fanily from Portlaw in County Waterford opened the gates of their farm for a virtual farm walk. The theme for the day was reducing the carbon footprint of milk production systems. Below is an overview of the day, their farm, their cows and reducing nitrogen.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: John Trant 2019 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year
On this week’s show, Stuart Childs, was joined by John Trant, 2019 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year in order to get an insight into his career path to date.
Grass10 Newsletter - 29th September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week, grazing tips for closing paddocks, applying remaining slurry using LESS methods, Kevin Moran's closing plan and grass budget as well as a clover update from Clonakilty research farm.
SmartCow H2020 project
SmartCow is a Research Infrastructures (RIs) project which aims to integrate key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production.
Dairy Edge Episode 140
Dairy farmer, Shane Fitzgerald, and Masters researcher, Aoife Leader, join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to highlight examples of farms achieving top performance in combination with high levels of biodiversity.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: The inclusion of white clover in grazing swards
On this webinar, Stuart Childs is joined by advisor, John McCarthy, who speaks to researcher, Deirdre Hennessy, about the inclusion of white clover in grazing swards.
Up to 50% of fatalities in agriculture involve a farm vehicle or machinery. Serena Gibbons, Teagasc Education Officer Athenry talks through some top tips to staying safe and making our farms safer when it comes to working with tractors
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Derogation and Farm Management Points to Note
On this bonus episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist outlines some derogation and farm management points that farmers need to be aware of.
Reducing the carbon footprint of milk production: Virtual Farm Walk and Webinar from Portlaw, Co Waterford.
Shane Fitzgerald, who farms 92 hectares with his father near Portlaw, County Waterford, will host this virtual event, supported by Teagasc, Glanbia Ireland, the European Milk Forum and the National Dairy Council. He will highlight how they are reducing the carbon footprint of their milk production
Grass10 Newsletter - 22nd September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips for building or holding AFC if you are behind; Sean Barry, heavy soils farmer on his closing plan; clover update from Athenry research centre. Social media links to podcasts & webinars also
DairyEdge Episode 139
Dairy Grassland Farmer of the Year Mike Bermingham joins Emma-Louise Coffey on the latest Dairy Edge podcast to discuss his autumn grazing strategy
Target weights for replacement heifers
Lower survival rates to third lactation and reduced milk yields are the consequences of failing to achieve the target weight for age when rearing replacement heifers. The maintenance sub index determines the appropriate target weight. Dairy Specialist George Ramsbottom outlines the calculations
Social Media Takeover with John Trant GFOY
John Trant, 2019 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year hosted a social media takeover on his farm through Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, 16th September 2020.
Grass10 Newsletter - 15th September 2020
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; clean graze outs and grazing some of the more challenging areas of the farm; tips for building grass covers if you are running behind the autumn grazing targets and information on upcoming events.
How to balance running a 60-cow dairy farm with a full-time off farm job
On this week's Dairy Edge podcast Jeremiah Daly joins Emma Louise Coffey to explain how he finds the balance of running a 60-cow dairy farm and a full-time off farm job
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Derogation and Farm Management Points to Note
In this Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist outlines some derogation and farm management points that farmers need to be aware of.
Social Media Takeover - John Trant
John Trant, 2019 Young Grassland Farmer of the Year hosts a social media takeover on his farm through Twitter and Instagram all day on Wednesday 16th September 2020.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Commonage/ Rough Grazing
One of the new measures to be implemented this year as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4 relates to commonage and rough grazing. This new measure will affect about 500+ farmers. Teagasc Advisor in the Galway/Clare region has some information.
Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Managing grass and grass supply
This week's Let's Talk Dairy Webinar focuses on managing grass and grass supply right now and features John Maher, Teagasc Grass10 Programme Manager.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 – Training Course Requirement
A 3 day training course requirement is a key part of the new derogation measures introduced this year. This training, to improve knowledge transfer, must be completed in 2020 or 2021, by farmers who are in derogation.
Teagasc Dairy Research Webinar - Are the next generation herd still performing?
On the latest Teagasc Dairy Research Webinar which took place on 9th September host Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Frank Buckley, Teagasc Research Officer to discuss the lessons from Teagasc’s Next Generation Herd.
Chemical Fertiliser Deadline Day approaching or is it??
The image above is known as Liebigs barrel. If one lath of the barrel is low, then the barrel can only be filled to the level of that lath. Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist has more information.
Grass10 Newsletter - 8th September
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; Tips to reduce demand and build grass supply as farmers struggle to hit Autumn grazing targets; Flyer for John Trant social media takeover day on Wednesday 16th September.
How to reduce emissions while maintaining milk output and profit
Researcher James Humphreys joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge Podcast with practical steps to reduce emissions while maintaining milk output and profit.
Dairy Newsletter - September 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team. In this month's edition: Derogation requirements for 2020; Grassland Farmer of the Year 2020; Post-milking teat disinfection and Health & Safety - Get winter ready.
Enda Keaveney - Dairy Farm Partnership
Enda from County Galway is in a dairy farm partnership in with his parents since 2015. He studied construction first and then the recession hit Ireland. They are farming 120 cows. Find out more about the Keaveney's and their experience of the New Entrant Network - Newbie.
Steps to Organic Conversion
Organic farming is an overall system of farm management and food production that combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity, the preservation of natural resources, and the application of high welfare standards.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Managing grass and grass supply right now
Stuart Childs was joined by John Maher, Teagasc Grass10 Programme Manager to discuss managing grass and grass supply right now. Patrick Gowing, Dairy Expansion Service Co-Ordinator, Teagasc also joined the webinar to give an insight into the upcoming New Entrant to Dairying Course 2020.
Nitrates Derogation 2020 - Biodiversity
Biodiversity loss is an on-going concern and farmers are required to implement a biodiversity measure on derogation farms. This year 2020 has seen the implementation of new measures as part of the Nitrates Action Plan 4. One of these measures is to improve farm biodiversity.
Clover Swards on Derogation Farms
Have you really considered the benefits of clover? Increasing the clover content in grassland can result in increased production and quality with less nitrogen fertiliser thus improving farm sustainability. Teagasc Advisor Liz Duffy has more information.
Grass10 Newsletter - 1st September
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass10 team including PastureBase data for the week; switch focus back from wet weather management to the autumn grazing targets; sward quality at Clonakilty and the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
Training on Grassland Management & Recording of Grass Production on Derogation Farms
Grazed grass is the cheapest animal feed available to Irish farmers, in order to manage it successfully, to underpin profitability, it needs to be measured. The potential reward of utilising more grass in livestock production is huge. Teagasc Advisor Liz Duffy has more information
Key Practices for Nitrates Derogation Farmers
Teagasc Dairy Advisor Mark O’Sullivan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of The Dairy Edge Podcast to discuss the key mandatory practices for Nitrates Derogation farms.
Closing date extended for Grassland Farmer of the Year
The closing date for applications for the 2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year has been extended. Applications will now close on Friday September 11th 2020.
Clonakilty Agricultural College Dairy Update
The current experiment in Clonakilty Agricultural College is investigating the use of white clover and nitrogen fertiliser in intensive dairy systems. Brian Mc Carthy and Aine Murray give an update on their research to date.
Reduction in the Crude Protein content of Concentrates fed to Grazing Dairy cows/Livestock
All Nitrate Derogation farmers should now be aware that there are reduced levels of crude protein permissible in concentrates fed to grazing livestock from 1st April to the 15th September, 2020. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Use of Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment
Agriculture is estimated to be responsible for 99% of ammonia losses in Ireland, while slurry and farmyard manure spreading is thought to be responsible for 30% of those losses. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Today's Farm September - October
The September - October edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on getting into dairy farming. Recent entrants to dairy farming are profiled. Find out more about the Dairy Start-up Course.
John Galvin, Grass Focus Farmer in Teagasc/Dairygold Joint Programme
Grainne Hurley, Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Macroom gets an insight as to how John Galvin, grass focus demonstration farmer in the Dairygold/Teagasc Joint Programme is managing his grass for the Autumn.
Farm Scale Liming Programme
All derogation farmers must now adopt a farm scale liming programme based on a current Nutrient Management Plan and associated soil analysis results. Teagasc advisors Mark Coyne and Jim Moyles have advice and information.
Attention Derogation Farmers: Closing time is approaching!
We are less than 3 weeks away from the start of the closed period for chemical fertilisers (14th Sept is the last day N & P fertiliser can be spread). Right now is a good time to check back with your fertiliser plan and see how you are progressing.
Grass10 Newsletter - 25th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including PastureBase data for the week; tips during this sustained spell of wet weather for keeping grass in the diet and testimonials from the four category winners in the 2019 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farm Programme
The Open Source Future Farm Programme will harness advancements in technology and farm practices to support farmers to make the necessary changes for a profitable and sustainable future.
Are you a new entrant to farming?
Could you be Ireland’s best new entrant farmer? This competition invites entries from people who have recently taken up farming or have diversified their farming business
Making farming easier and more enjoyable through labour efficiencies
Dairy Specialist Martina Gormley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast. She gives insights into labour measures and efficiencies on six dairy farms across the spring and summer months of 2020.
Pros & cons of multi-species swards for dairy farms
Teagasc Dairy Advisor, Fergal Maguire outlines the pros and cons of using multi-species swards on Irish dairy farms, while also giving an overview of the different varieties in the seed mix and what advantages they bring to the sward.
High rainfall making grazing conditions challenging
High rainfall across parts of the country has left grazing conditions extremely difficult. Paudie O'Brien, Heavy Soils Farmer in Kerry gives an update on how he is managing grazing during the wet weather. Joseph Dunphy, Teagasc Grass10 Advisor gives some advice on managing grazing.
Grass10 Newsletter - 18th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including PastureBase data for the week, Autumn Grazing targets and information on the Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition.
Changes to Derogation Rules - timely reminders for dairy farmers
Approximately 7,000 farmers are derogation applicants in 2020. The vast majority are dairy farmers. Eight changes will affect you in 2020. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist tells us more.
Michael Doran on his decision to convert from drystock to dairy farming
Dairy farmer Michael Doran joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to discuss the decision to convert from drystock to dairy farming.
Dairy farming proving to be an attractive career choice at 50 hours per week
The perception amongst many dairy farmers is that all dairy farmers work long hours and that there is very little time for breaks and time off the farm. Six dairy farmers have managed to keep working hours close to 50 hours per week. Martina Gormley, Teagasc Dairy Specialist tells us more.
Teagasc National Farm Survey 2019 Dairy Enterprise Factsheet
The 2019 Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) recorded data on close to 900 farms representative of over 90,000 farms nationally. This analysis summarises the results of dairy enterprises, excluding farms supplying mostly liquid milk and herds of 10 cows or less.
InstaLive with Teagasc Grass10 & PastureBase Ireland
John Douglas from Teagasc Grass10 and Micheal O'Leary from PastureBase Ireland joined us on an Instagram live on Wednesday, 5 August to answer your questions on Autumn Grazing Management.
How to use the Lean model to make savings and increase efficiencies on your farm
The Lean business model of reducing waste & increasing efficiencies has become popular on dairy farms. On this week’s Dairy Edge, labour researcher Marion Beecher & Head of Continuous Improvement at Dairygold Co-Op, John Murphy, join Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss the role of Lean practices.
Dairy Newsletter August 2020
Get the latest information and advice from the Teagasc Dairy team. In this month's edition: Building grass covers happens in August; Do you have a grazing plan for August?; Summer mastitis; Break the cycle of late-calving cows.
Maximising Days at Grass this Autumn Using the Pasturebase Grass Budget
As we enter August, our focus turns to autumn grass management on farms. Join Micheal O'Leary, Pasturebase Ireland and Donal Patton, Teagasc Specialist on Wednesday, 12 August at 8pm for a live interactive discussion on how to best use the Pasturebase Autumn Grazing Budget to maximise days at grass.
Teagasc Fodder Survey July 2020 - National picture secure but 10% of farms have deficits
Over the last number of weeks, Teagasc advisors have completed almost 700 winter fodder budgets for drystock and dairy farmers nationwide. This was carried out as part of a new initiative to promote better feed security planning on livestock farms.
Let's Talk Dairy- Smarter Milking Webinar
In this Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, hear from Padraig O’Connor who discussed the milking routine, Caroline O’Connell from Cahir Physiotherapy Clinic who was on to discuss repetitive strain injury from poor milking technique & how to avoid same & Francis Quigley who looked at how we to improve cow flow
Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2020 launched
The Grassland Farmer of the Year competition for 2020 was officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dara Calleary, T.D at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Dublin this week.
Are you interested in converting to dairy?
Teagasc Dairy specialist Patrick Gowing joins Catherine Egan on this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast to discuss the Teagasc Dairy Start-Up course.
Grass 10 Newsletter 4th August
Get the latest grass news and updates from the Grass 10 team including information on current and predicted grass growth, targets and tips for managing grass as we move into August and white clover update from Teagasc Moorepark.
Impact of COVID-19 on farm incomes in 2020 now likely to be more limited
At present, fears of a sharp COVID-19 related drop in Irish farm incomes in 2020, seem to have been averted following a gradual recovery in commodity prices and the provision of additional supports to the sector, according to Mid Year Outlook for 2020 produced by Teagasc economists.
Are you interested in converting to dairying?
"Converting to dairy involves a major commitment and sizeable capital outlay...therefore you need to be sure you are making the right decisions"
Johnstown Castle Winter and Spring Milk Herds Update
Johnstown Castle farm manager Aidan Lawless joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give an update on the performance of the winter and spring milk herds.
Social Media Takeover with Mike Bermingham GFOY
Social Media Takeover with Mike Bermingham - Teagasc Grass10 Grassland Farmer of the Year 2019 - Dairy
White Clover Study Update from Teagasc Moorepark - July 2020
In this short clip, Dr. Deirdre Hennessy and PhD student Ellen Fitzpatrick give us an update on the clover study at Teagasc Moorepark.
How to Save on Energy Costs on Your Dairy Farm
With the cost of energy on Irish dairy farms on average €5 per 1,000 litres, ranging from €2.50-59, this week’s guest, John Upton, Teagasc Research Officer joins Emma-Louise Coffey to give tips to save money on farm energy bills.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar - Clover: A Farmer's 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".
Social Media Takeover with Mike Bermingham
Mike Bermingham is the Dairy Category Winner of the 2019 Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition. On Wednesday, 29 July Mike will be taking over the Teagasc Instagram and Teagasc Grass10 twitter account to give us an insight into his farm and farming system.
Organic Dairy Farming - The Little Milk Company
The Little Milk Company is made up of a group of 10 family run organic farms which was established in 2008. It started out as a plan to get a better return for their milk by producing a range of organic artisan products. Their story is profiled by member John Liston.
Farm Safely with Tractors, Farm Vehicles and Machinery
Summer is a busy time on farms. Farmers are making the most of the long days and dry conditions to harvest grass and crops, get slurry spread and carry out work around the farmyard. Working safely must be at the core of each and every job.
Adapting to climate change on livestock farms.
Animal agriculture is particularly vulnerable to more extreme weather, as 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.
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.
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.
Grass 10 Newsletter July 21st
Grass growth exceeding demand. The focus this week is on: Grass quality during the last round of summer grazing, grazing management and applying K. Walk your farm every 5 days during the next few weeks so you can react to the high growth rates at present.
Farm Safety for Older Farmers
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 farm related tasks. Farm safety specialists Francis Bligh and John Mc Namara have some relevant advice
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.
Dairy Newsletter - July
Read this month's dairy newsletter for all current dairy issues, including completing a fodder budget, the importance of milk recording and when to stop breeding.
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
Organic Dairy Farming
Organic dairying is a small but growing sector within the dairy sector 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
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?"
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.
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 results of this research.
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.
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.
Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP)
The ASSAP 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Benefits of Biodiversity for Irish Dairy Farms
Dan Clavin, Teagasc Organic Specialist joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give an insight into organic dairy production systems in Ireland.
Castration- Best Practice
Castration is considered to cause a degree of pain and stress and has been shown to elicit physiological stress, inflammatory reactions, pain-associated behaviour, suppression of immune function and a reduction in performance.
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 diagnosis of bovine respiratory disease (BRD)
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is is one of the most significant causes of morbidity and mortality in cattle.
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.
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.
Lessons from the Derrypatrick herd – Q & A
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.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Thursday
Grass Management for Sustainable Beef Production
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Friday
Virtual Beef Week - Day 5 - Friday July 10th
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.
Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer - Matthew Mullen
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.
Virtual Beef Week - What's on - Wednesday
Virtual Beef Week - Sustainable Beef Production Day 3 of Virtual Beef Week Wednesday July 8th
NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards - Hearne Family Dairy Farm
In 2019, the Hearne family was awarded the top prize in the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
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.
John Ryan - Teagasc/ Glanbia Future Farm Participant Update
John Ryan, participant of the Teagasc/ Glanbia Future Farm Programme farms in Boulick, Gornathoe, Co. Tipperary.
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.
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.
Bales can kill with lethal force
According to Health and Safety Authority (HAS) show falling bales account for about 5% of farm workplace deaths. There are many safety issues around working with bales.
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland publish the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) interim report
Teagasc and Dairy Sustainability Ireland have published the first 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.
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.
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, 30 June this year.
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.
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.‘
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.