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National Farm Survey Report 2008

The National Farm Survey is designed to collect and analyse information relating to farming activities as its primary objective. Information and data relating to other activities by the household are considered secondary and as such where this information is presented it should be interpreted with caution. For 2008 there are 1102 farms included in the analysis, representing 104,800 farms nationally. The population is based on the CSO 2007 Farm Structures Survey with farm typology based on the 2005 Standard Gross Margins (SGM).

01 June 2009
Type
Report
578KB
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Grain & Feed Storage – Options for Livestock Farmers

The expansion of both the dairy and beef enterprises is likely in Ireland, in response to a competitive grass-based system. On dairy farms as quota becomes less of a limiting factor and land becomes more limiting, the requirement for low cost supplementary feeding is likely to increase. Likewise, the source of feed becomes more crucial as unit size increases and the demand for value added products from our customers becomes more important. The cost effectiveness of on-farm storage options for feed becomes increasingly attractive as the scale of operation on farms increase.

01 June 2009
Type
Report
1,651KB
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TResearch: Summer 2009

Teagasc Research Magazine - Summer Edition 2009 THE IRISH DAIRY INDUSTRY: Challenges and opportunities Challenges and opportunities

08 May 2009
Type
Magazine
1,346KB
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Grazing management for high lamb performance to weaning

Grazed grass accounts for over 90% of the annual food intake of the ewe and her lambs. It should be remembered that whilst grazed grass is the cheapest feed available for sheep production it is expensive to produce. Hence it is essential to maximise lamb performance from grazed grass.

30 April 2009
Type
Media Article
108KB
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Oilseed Coexistence - 5629

Towards the development of an Irish coexistence strategy for GM and non-GM oilseed rape

30 April 2009
Type
Technology Update
140KB
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Teagasc Open Day at Solohead Research Farm

This Open Day at Solohead coincides with a large reduction in milk price this spring. There is an urgent requirement for dairy farmers to reduce the cost of milk production. Research at the Solohead Research farm has shown that fertilizer costs can be substantially reduced by replacing chemical fertilizer with white clover and the efficient recycling of slurry. Well managed cloverbased swards can supply 140 kg/ha of N each year at little cost, which is a large proportion of the N requirement on an average Irish dairy farm. Another benefit is that white clover herbage is of high quality and maintains high quality pasture under low nitrogen input systems. Other topics covered at the Open Day will include grazing management, dairy cow health and fertility and use of high EBI genetics.

23 April 2009
Type
Magazine
977KB