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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.

View January Dairy Newsletter here (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Keeping dry cows and in-calf heifers clean
    You may have a break from milking for a couple of weeks but that doesn’t mean a break from mastitis! Many studies have demonstrated that over 50% of mastitis cases occurring in the first 100 days of lactation are because of infections acquired during the dry period.
  • Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: supplies
    In the third of our special features looking at setting up your farm for spring 2021, Marion Beecher and Martina Gormley look at getting supplies in place for the calving season. Spring is one of the most demanding times of year on a dairy farm.
  • Virtual CalfCare week
    Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc are working together in January to run their annual series of CalfCare events. With over 1.6 million calves expected to arrive on beef and dairy farms by the end of April 2021, spring has become an increasingly intense part of the farming calendar.
  • Early nitrogen application
    Lack of nitrogen (N) supply in the soil can limit spring grass growth. While the appropriate application of early N is beneficial to boost grass growth and spring grass supply, the incorrect application of early N is wasteful, costly, pollutes water and increases greenhouse gas emissions.