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The Dairy Edge, Teagasc’s new dairy podcast for farmers

The Dairy Edge is Teagasc’s new weekly dairy podcast for farmers.  Presented by Emma-Louise Coffey, Teagasc dairy specialist, it will cover the latest information, insights and opinions to improve your dairy farm performance.

On our first show we’re focusing on spring fertiliser and fodder.  David Wall, Research Officer from Teagasc Johnstown Castle, talks about best practice fertilizer application during the spring period. He debates the best fertilizer type to spread in the first few months of the year. Additionally, he quantifies the value of slurry in terms of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium content.

John Leahy, Dairy Farmer from Athea, Co Limerick, explains what he is doing to prepare for the busy spring calving period. John’s farm is classified as heavy and grazing conditions are difficult in February.  Consequently, John begins calving on February 10th and from there 90% of cows will calve within six weeks.

Fodder supplies are in short supply on some dairy farms this January, resulting from failure to make second cut silage and/or early housing due to deteriorating weather and soil conditions in the autumn of 2017. Brian Garry, Teagasc Ruminant Nutrition Specialist, Moorepark, gave us some tips on how to stretch forage between now and turnout to grass.

The Dairy Edge, podcast will be broadcast every Thursday.

There are three ways to listen to the podcast:

  1. If you’re an iPhone user you can listen to the show by subscribing on Apple Podcasts by clicking on this link and listening via your Podcasts app on your iPhone: 
  2. If you have an Android phone, you can listen to the show by clicking on this link: 
  3. Or you can listen here on the Teagasc website