TResearch Spring 2020
Searching for a cure
Searching for a cure
Silage: Monitor your grass and manage your plan
There was rain in many parts of the country last week, yet soil moisture deficits have not improved for most parts of the country. Martina Harrington outlines the options for beef farmers for second cut silage
The Ireland New Zealand across breed animal comparison study (INZAC flock) aims to o validate the Irish maternal (Replacement) genetic sheep index and to compare Irish versus New Zealand genetically elite animals. Fiona McGovern and Henry Walsh give an update on the flock.
By Sinéad Devaney, B&T Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Galway/Clare Region
Soil pH is a measure of hydrogen ion (H+) activity in the soil solution. Maintaining the soil pH at the optimum level increases the microbiological activity of the soil and results in better soil nutrient recycling/availability. Brendan Healy & Karen Daly have more information
Weighing Lambs at 7 weeks is crucial to assessing the ewe flock and it also gives a picture as to how the lambs are performing. Frank Campion tells us how lambs on the Teagasc BETTER Sheep Farms have fared and Shane Moore from Co. Roscommon gives an update from his farm.
Moving calves from a milk based diet indoors to a grass based diet outdoors can create problems. Martina Gormley, Niamh Field & Donal Patton have some tips on how to avoid issues.
A simple tool that can be used by farmers to assess the impact of low milk prices on their farm is to calculate the breakeven point. Patrick Gowing has advice and information on how to do this calculation.
Contract heifer rearing is an option worth considering for both dairy and drystock farmers offering benefits to both.
Are you thinking of employing someone to help out on your farm? There are a number of legal requirements you should be aware of and adhere to. Five are outlined here.
Roadway Runoff contents within 100 m of the farmyard or where roadway configuration or quality impedes cow movement along the network are not dissimilar to dilute slurry or dairy soiled water. Researchers Owen Fenton, Karen Daly, John Murnane, Paul Rice, Patrick Tuohy give information from the ROADRUNNER project