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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.

View it here: Dairy Newsletter - November 2020 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Make spring grass your priority
    Almost two-thirds of the grass available in early spring is grass that will grow during October and early November. Therefore, it is essential that the fields/paddocks closed during October are not grazed in November.
  • Taking a selective approach to drying cows off
    Legislation restricting antibiotic use at dry-off will be introduced in January 2022. Antibiotic resistance in human medicine is prompting this change.
  • Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: people
    Over the next three editions of the dairy newsletter, we will focus on setting up your dairy farm for spring 2021, under the headings: (1) people; (2) facilities and practices; and, (3) supplies. The series has been prepared by Marion Beecher and Martina Gormley
  • Preparing for a successful dry cow period
    Information and advice on preparing for drying off cows.
  • Health & Safety - Prevent musculoskeletal disorders
    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries of muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, discs and bones.