Tips to reduce the parasite challenge in replacement stock
Vet Niamh Field joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge podcast to discuss the parasite challenge in young stock. Niamh explains that calves have no immunity to parasites when they are turned out to grass.
Information for dairy farmers dealing with current very dry weather
Dairy specialist Joe Patton has advice on grazing management, some Hints and tips on feeding out forage supplements in dry weather, concentrate feeding guidelines, decision rules on grazing silage crops and options to reduce milking herd demand
Update on the Teagasc Moorepark Grass-Clover Research Programme
Deirdre Hennessy and Ellen Fitzpatrick give an update on Teagasc Moorepark Grass-Clover Research Programme. The grass-white clover research programme at Teagasc Moorepark is comparing herbage and milk production from three pasture-based systems.
Let's Talk Dairy Webinar
Webinar focused on using beef bulls on the dairy herd & staying safe with the stock bull
Let's Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Using Beef Bulls on the Dairy Herd
This week’s webinar discussed using beef bulls on the dairy herd and staying safe around the stock bull.
Ballyhaise Farm Update
The dairy herd in Ballyhaise is a research herd. The research programme is running, in conjunction with Moorepark dairy research centre. Donal Patton gives and update on the herd and the grassland management
Calculating the Breakeven Milk Price
A simple tool that can be used by farmers to assess the impact of low milk prices on their farm is to calculate the breakeven point. Patrick Gowing has advice and information on how to do this calculation.
Young Farmer of the Year Liam Hanrahan and achieving top performance on a heavy farm
Young Farmer of the Year Liam Hanrahan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give an insight into his farming career, his research findings and future plans.
Top 5 tips to reduce parasite issues with dairy calves
Moving calves from a milk based diet indoors to a grass based diet outdoors can be create pproblems. Martina Gormley, Niamh Field & Donal Patton have some top tips to cope with the situation
Feeding in summer drought conditions
Although there is rain forecast parts of the country may get little or no rain. Teagasc specialist Joe Patton has advice regarding grass and feeding in drought conditions
Chlorates - Chlorine-free cleaning of milking equipment
Chlorine will no longer be used in milking equipment cleaning products or protocols by the end of 2020. David Gleeson, Milk Quality Research Officer tells us more.
Five steps to managing cash flow through 2020
Every dairy farmer should evaluate their business to ensure the effect of the current uncertainty in markets is minimised
Nutrition for peak milk production
Dairy specialist Joe Patton joins Emma-Louise Coffey on the latest Dairy Edge to discuss the nutrition requirements of dairy cows at peak milk production.
Three weeks into the breeding season
On average nationally only 71% of cows and 78% of heifers are bred in the first three weeks and on the average farm a low 6-week calving rate is costing €200/cow. What can you do at this stage in the breeding season?
Let's Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Protected Urea & Weaning Calves
On this first webinar, Stuart Childs spoke to Patrick Forrestal about protected urea and Emer Kennedy about weaning calves.
"Enjoyable and Easier Dairy Farming"
Six dairy farmers who are focused on making their farm more enjoyable and easier and have been sharing their experiences of their farm practices weekly for the last three months.
Minimising the spread of mastitis in mid-lactation
Milk quality specialist Don Crowley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge Podcast to discuss how to minimise the spread of mastitis in mid-lactation.
Calf Rearing Update - Teagasc Moorepark
Emer Kennedy and JP Murphy give an update on the progress to date of the 2020 born calves in the dairy research farm at Teagasc Moorepark. Emer also gives an overview of the research projects which are taking place on the farm.
Let's Talk Dairy - Webinar
On this weeks Let's Talk Dairy Webinar, host Stuart Childs spoke to Patrick Forrestal on fitting protected urea into your fertiliser programme and to Emer Kennedy on calf weaning tips
The Dairy sector response to COVID-19
Teagasc’s Chief Economist Kevin Hanrahan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's Dairy Edge to discuss how Covid-19 is impacting on the Irish Dairy Sector.
Why less is more when it comes to grass management
Target to complete 6 rotations between early to mid-April and mid-August. This can be achieved by sticking to a 20 day rotation. the best way to manage grass is to walk the farm weekly and enter the figures on Pasturebase Ireland
Setting the targets for spring breeding
Abstract Nationally only 65% of cows and heifers calve during the first six weeks of the calving season, ideally this should be at 90%
Increasing the value of your 2021 calf crop using the Dairy Beef Index
In the fourth of our series of online breeding seminars, Dr. Siobhan Ring, ICBF outlined how the Dairy Beef index is constructed. Dr. Noirin McHugh, Teagasc Moorepark discussed the Active Bull List for Beef AI sires.
Dairy Adivsory Newsletter - May 2020
Topics include: Feeding for fertility; Breeding under #COVID19; 1,400 is the magic number; Monitoring SCCs & Health & Safety: Your silage safety checks.
Selecting your Bull Team - Webinar
In the third of our series of online breeding seminars, Professor Donagh Berry, Teagasc Moorepark outlined the rationale behind selecting a team of bulls for the coming breeding season.
Teagasc announce ‘Let’s Talk Dairy’ Weekly Webinar Series
Teagasc are commencing a series of weekly dairy webinars, ‘Let’s Talk Dairy’, every Thursday morning at 10.30 am.
Why Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are important for dairy farms
DAIRY: Teagasc Specialist Francis Quigley joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's episode of The Dairy Edge to discuss the role of SOPs on dairy farms and their importance.
Body condition score cows to identify ones for extra care
DAIRY: Body conditiono is critical to a successful breeding season. It is important to body condition score all the animals in the herd.
Getting more from milk
Genetics can provide Ireland with the means to reduce the emissions from, and increase the productivity of, our national dairy herd.Sinead McParland, a quantitative geneticist at Teagasc Moorepark, describes how this can be achieved and incorporated into the Economic Breeding Index.
Feeding for fertility during the breeding season
DAIRY: The quality of feeding in the dry period and early lactation is important in achieving good herd fertility. Joe Patton has advice on getting some key targets right.
DAIRY: Thermoduric Bacteria are heat resistant bacteria in milk that survive pasteurisation. The most effective way to reduce the number of thermoduric bacteria to remove them at farm level.
How to improve likelihood of success with sexed semen in 2020
DAIRY: Sexed semen provides many potential advantages to dairy farmers. The most obvious and compelling reason to use sexed semen is because of the sex bias induced in the calf crop. Stephen Butler, Teagasc, Moorepark has some advice.
Tips for milking during COVID-19
DAIRY: Milking is one of the essential tasks on a dairy farm. During these extraordinary times of COVID-19, it is essential to keep yourself and your milkers safe at milking time.
California Mastitis Test
DAIRY: The California mastitis test is a simple procedure to help identify high SCC quarters within high cell count cows. It is impossible to identify sub clinical mastitis without this aid.
Overview of Dairy Farms’ Breeding and Calf Marketing Decisions
DAIRY: Three quarters of Irish dairy farmers are willing to support the establishment of a sexed semen laboratory in Ireland to reduce the number of male dairy calves findings of a study conducted by the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and Teagasc.
Dairy Breeding Advice for Spring 2020
DAIRY: Advice on how to ensure that your breeding season in 2020 is a success. It is important to use heat detection methods, monitor the Body Condition Score (BCS) of your cows and check out any problem cows.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Milking
Many dairy farmers, particularly those using relief milkers write down instructions on how tasks should be done. Farmers who don’t have staff or students might feel they don’t need any instructions. What would happen if the farmer, family member or usual relief milker got Covid-19?
Second grazing – when to start and how much fertiliser to apply
DAIRY: If you’re behind, use the grass on the first grazed paddocks to decide when to start the second round. On most farms, now is an ideal time to apply fertiliser to boost grass growth. Now is a great time to spread slurry, where possible, using the low emission slurry spreading equipment.