TResearch Autumn 2018
The Future of Food
The Future of Food
Fodder still an issue
Michael Doran is quite a new entrant to dairy farming based at Johnstown, Duncormick, Co Wexford, just one mile as the crow flies from the sea. Michael had 135 cows when he joined the Teagasc Glanbia Monitor Farm Programme, he is now milking 240 cows.
Friday, August 31st 2018
Friday August 24th, 2018
The Teagasc Profit Monitor (PM) is an online financial analysis tool available to all Teagasc clients. It provides a snapshot of a dairy farm’s financial (and physical) performance and allows you to compare your farm’s performance with available benchmarks, including your farm’s previous year’s performance, other farm’s performance or Teagasc targets. Completing a Profit Monitor analysis on a yearly basis helps you with how the farm business is performing and keeps you informed if changes made in the farm’s operation are having a positive effect on farm profitability. The purpose of this publication is to provide a range of benchmarks for both individual farmers and farmer groups.
The drought conditions that Ireland is currently experiencing has negatively impacted on silage stocks across the country. Farmers are being encouraged to to plan for next winter to ensure they have enough fodder.
The Interagency Fodder Committee conducted a Fodder Census at the end of June / early July. Over 1,000 farmers from across a range of enterprises were surveyed across the country. Results of this survey in late June / early July showed a deficit of 18% nationally. The variation across regions varied from a 12% deficit in Roscommon, Longford, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and up to a 30% deficit in parts of West Cork. The results have to be treated with some caution as conditions have deteriorated since the census date. If we assume that half of the second cut has been consumed, Teagasc estimate that the national fodder deficit is now 28%.
Moorepark Dairy Levy Research Update - Cork, 10 July 2018