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Donal Kavanagh Teagasc/Glanbia Signpost Future Farm Walk

The Signpost Programme, led by Teagasc, ran a farm walk recently in conjunction with programme partner Glanbia Ireland, on the dairy farm of Donal Kavanagh, Carrigeen, Baltinglass. Catch up on the farm details, breeding plans and herd health of the farm here in this article and series of videos

A Signpost Farm Walk was held on Tuesday, 5 April at 11am on the farm of Donal Kavanagh, Carrigeen, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, 

Topics discussed during the farm walk included:

  • Farm Overview
    Review of breeding plans and policies with host farmer and plans for the future
  • New updates on sire advice, bull teams, dairy calf index, sex semen
  • Importance of milk recording, calving reports and using that data for the herd plus herd health
  • Breeding for the Future Herd and Sustainability

Find a selection of four videos here to give a flavour of how the walk went.

Farm Overview

In the video below Teagasc /Glanbia Future Farm Signpost Programme Co-ordinator Sandra Hayes discusses the importance of planning in advance of the breeding season. Future Farmer Donal Kavanagh also gives us an overview to his farm and his plans for the upcoming breeding season. 

ICBF Advice and Reports

ICBF Technical Director Andrew Cromie talks about the breeding plan for the forthcoming breeding season. He discuses the Herd EBI Score Card and Breeding report and encourages farmers to use the report. He also talks about the Sire Advice Tool, using teams of bulls and the Dairy Beef Index. Check out Andrew's advice in this video below 


Herd Health

Joris Somers of Glanbia Ireland talks about health issues and suitability of cows for the next breeding season. George Ramsbottom, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses the EBI report, calving report and lifetime milk recording report and how these should be used pre breeding. Elaine Brady of Glanbia Ireland also gives top tips around pre breeding nutrition and its importance heading into the breeding season. Watch the video below for more.

Breeding for Sustainability

Seamus Kearney of Teagasc Signpost Programme delivers the key messages around EBI including that better bred EBI cows will increase profit while reducing emissions for the farmers. The aim is to breed more fertile cows with more milk per cow and cow longevity.  Thomas Ryan of Glanbia Ireland provides practical sustainability actions that can be taken on farm and talks about the Glanbia Ireland Sustainability Action Payment and its benefits. Glanbia Ireland’s TJ Phelan provides information around waterways on farm and measures that should be taken to protect them. 

Learn more here about the Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farm Programme and the farm of Donal Kavanagh

Learn about other dairy joint programmes in Teagasc | Find out more here about the Teagasc Signpost Programme