Actions to improve milk protein percentage in May and June
John McCabe, Teagasc/Aurivo Joint Programme Advisor, looks at the factors affecting and the steps to take to improve milk protein percentage in May and June.
28 May 2023
The story so far for the Tipperary Calf to Beef Demo Farm
The Tipperary Calf to Beef Demonstration Farm – trading as Ballyvadin Beef Farm Ltd. – was established by Teagasc, in conjunction with Dawn Meats and Shinagh Estates Ltd., to demonstrate the best technologies for profitable and sustainable production of beef calves from the dairy herd.
27 May 2023
How to stay in control of somatic cell count during the mid-lactation period
Don Crowley, Milk Quality Specialist at Teagasc, is on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss how to stay in control of somatic cell count (SCC) during the mid-lactation period.
26 May 2023
A win for grazing and a win for winter feed
Looking back to two weeks ago, conditions were closer to winter than they were summer. But the past week of sunshine has brought a well needed break from the thundery showers and heavy rainfall experienced across the country during March and April.
22 May 2023
Milking efficiency of rotary and herringbone parlours
Milking efficiency is often defined as the number of cows milked per hour, or cows milked per operator per hour. In order to achieve optimum milking efficiency, there must be successful engagement between factors that can have most impact on the milking process such as cows, equipment, and people.
20 May 2023
Improving cow flow for efficient milking
Labour studies undertaken by Teagasc have shown that milking represents up to one third of a dairy farmer’s daily workload.
18 May 2023
Safety during silage season
Francis Bligh & John McNamara, Teagasc Health & Safety Specialists, highlight what you should keep in mind this silage season to ensure safety on farm
17 May 2023
Delaying silage cutting date will have a negative effect on quality and quantity
James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, outlines the reasons why you should avoid delaying silage harvesting and looks at the quality of silage needed on dairy farms this year.
15 May 2023
Best Practice in Milking Courses start this week
The first of a number of Best Practice in Milking Courses gets underway this week. Developed in conjunction with Teagasc, Animal Health Ireland, and FRS Network, participants will develop their skills as a milker to ensure all cows are milked effectively and efficiently.
15 May 2023
Top five tips for May and the correct paddock size
Joe Patton, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer Teagasc, gives his top five tips for May and offers advice on moving to 24-hour grazing blocks.
14 May 2023
Let's Talk Dairy - achieving grazing success through the Heavy Soils Programme
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, host James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, is joined by Pat Tuohy, Teagasc, to give an insight into the Teagasc Heavy Soils Programme - Achieving Grazing Success.
13 May 2023
How to minimise nitrate loss in farming to help improve water quality
On this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge, Edward Burgess, Agricultural Catchments Specialist, talks about minimising nitrate loss in farming to help improve water quality.
12 May 2023
Taking the opportunity to reseed on Teagasc/Tirlán Future farms
Sandra Hayes, co-ordinator of the Teagasc/Tirlán Future Farm Programme, outlines the progress farmers are making with grazing and reseeding in the most recent Teagasc/Tirlan Future Farm Update.
09 May 2023
Early intervention key with problem cows
Submitting cows for service is an important aspect of the breeding season, with a target of 90% submitted in the first three weeks. In this article, Teagasc Dairy Specialist Stuart Childs explains why now is the time for managing problem cows on your farm to maximise this target.
08 May 2023
Completing a simple winter feed budget for a dairy herd
Silage accounts for at least 25% of the annual feed budget for the average spring-calving dairy herd. This will be greater on farms operating high grazing stocking rates or on heavy soils.
08 May 2023
Improved pregnancy rates from sexed semen
Carried out over a five-year period, the most comprehensive analysis of the performance of sexed semen in a commercial field setting ever undertaken has shown improvements in the pregnancy rates being achieved.
07 May 2023
Setting the sights on milking quality silage in Co. Mayo
Donal Ronayne is in his third year of milk production, milking a herd of 194 spring-calving cows in south Mayo.
06 May 2023
Managing late-calving cows to shorten calving interval
The management of late calvers is something that needs to be given some thought in order to avoid them calving late again or not at all. The bulk of herds will commence breeding in late April / early May, there will be a number of herds that will commence breeding earlier.
02 May 2023
Let's Talk Dairy - Advisor's update from the grassroots
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy host James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, is joined by Seamus Nolan, Teagasc Advisor based in the Roscommon/Longford Advisory Region, to give an update from the grass roots.
02 May 2023
Managing the dairy herd for a successful breeding season
With the dairy breeding season currently in full swing on most Irish dairy farms, Kevin O'Hara, Teagasc Ballinrobe, looks at some of the key targets farmers need to achieve over the coming weeks.
01 May 2023
Accelerating genetic gain in the dairy herd
The calving season in the dairy herd is coming to an end and the breeding season is fast approaching. In this article, Séamus Nolan, Dairy Advisor in Teagasc Castlerea, outlines technologies farmers can use to accelerate the genetic gain in their dairy herd.
28 April 2023
Caution urged as ‘small number of local clusters’ of BVD identified
Caution has been urged as the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication programme approaches a particularly critical juncture.
26 April 2023
Implications of revised nitrates measures on the land market
The SCSI/Teagasc Annual Agricultural Land Market Review & Outlook 2023, published today, April 25th, examined the impact changes to environmental policies – specifically the Nitrates Action Programme – will have on the land market.
25 April 2023
Synchronisation programmes for replacement heifers
With the breeding season having commenced on many dairy farms, the use of synchronisation programmes for replacement heifers may be one avenue by which the workload involved with breeding is reduced.
24 April 2023
Let's Talk Dairy - matching stocking rate to grass grown
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy, Patrick Gowing, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, was joined by Eugene Lawler, dairy farmer, to discuss matching stocking rate to grass grown.
24 April 2023
Teagasc Signpost Advisory Programme open to participants
Most of the actions you are being asked to implement to reduce emissions will also reduce costs, improve animal performance and increase farm profitability. It’s a win-win for your farm.
20 April 2023
Making the rest of 2023 a success with grass and breeding
Spring 2023 started like a dream, with slurry, fertiliser and cows out in February and early March. However, since about the 10th March, record breaking rainfall has created a lot of extra work, increased costs and reduced production on all farms - especially heavy farms.
17 April 2023
Let's Talk Dairy - Breeding beef from the dairy herd
On this episode of Let's Talk Dairy which took place on Thursday, 6th April, host James Dunne, Teagasc Dairy Specialist was joined by Ruth Fennell, Teagasc Dairy Advisor to discuss breeding beef from the dairy herd.
17 April 2023
Strategies to reduce lameness on your farm
Lameness is a painful disease that results in suffering for dairy cows, and damages the sustainable and welfare-friendly image of Irish agriculture. Lameness also has negative financial implications due to reduced milk yield and fertility rates, and increased culling and treatment costs.
17 April 2023
Feeding for fertility this breeding season
This spring was a game of two halves, in terms of herd feeding management. The good weather in February saw cows out to grass and intakes were good overall.
16 April 2023