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Today's Farm - January/February 2021

The January/February edition of our bi-monthly magazine is now available online. The main focus of this edition is on grass, covering topics such as getting ready for grass; Newford Herd makes gains on grass; why paddocks = profit and more.

Today's Farm, the popular bi-monthly magazine has an excellent selection of articles covering a wide range of enterprises. Farmers from various parts of the country are profiled and all have interesting stories to tell.

View it here: Todays Farm - January February 2021 (PDF)

The main enterprises of dairy, beef, sheep and crops are covered. Also this month there are interesting articles on: 

  • Cleanliness key to calfcare: It’s vital that the utensils and containers used to feed colostrum are free of contamination
  • Top 10 tips for an easier lambing season: Lambing time is the busiest time of year on sheep farms. Research has shown that a quarter of the annual workload occurs at lambing time. Some simple management tasks can greatly improve lamb survival and reduce your workload.
  • Grass key in the Royal County: On the outskirts of Navan, Co Meath, Aidan Maguire farms 62ha, 14ha of which is forestry. As well as being a participant in the Teagasc Green Acres Calf to Beef Programme, Aidan is a member of a local grassland management discussion group, coordinated by John Douglas and the Teagasc Grass10 campaign team. 
  • How soil tests can make you money: Over the coming weeks, fresh soil samples will be taken and soil sample results will be available to plan lime, organic manure and fertiliser applications. Comparing these new figures with those for your last tests will reveal how your soils have responded to lime, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) applications. 
  • Biodiversity – a growing part of your business: The Teagasc National Farm Survey is investigating indicators of biodiversity. Biodiversity is an important indicator of agricultural sustainability
  • Discussion groups support health and safety adoption: Regular, brief, discussions of health and safety issues should be on all discussion group agendas. Farming is high-risk work, with a fatality rate greater than that of other occupations.