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Beef management: time to prepare for autumn calving
Kieran Mailey
Autumn calving starts in August on many farms, so herd owners should start preparing for the onset of newborn calves hitting the ground.
 
 
UK-Australia trade deal: how it will affect Irish beef and sheep farmers
The UK's trade deal with Australia opens the marketplace in a way that can never really be closed again, writes Phelim O'Neill.
Half of teenagers have insufficient calcium in diet
Research findings have revealed a high percentage of teenagers have inadequate intakes of key vitamins and minerals.
Teagasc poultry webinars return this week
Biosecurity, cocci and foot pad dermatitis will be among the topics addressed by the speakers in the Teagasc-hosted webinar series.
Watch: divisiveness on environmental issues ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’
Tom Arnold, chair of Ireland’s Agri-Food Strategy 2030, has said there needs to be a common middle ground found on the agri environment.
Sustainable beef production webinars
The first in a series of beef webinars focusing on the sustainability of the sector will be held on 20 May
Watch back: Bridging the Gap: diversity, inclusion and equality
Bridging the Gap is an event on diversity, inclusion and equality; brought to you by the Irish Farmers Journal and Ornua.
Martbids: sale numbers back in Drumshanbo
Manus Connolly reports from Friday night’s cattle sale in Drumshanbo mart.
Brisk demand for quality heifers in Castlerea
Some in the beef industry think cattle supplies will be tight throughout June owing to the late spring, with this forecast feeding into stronger demand for short-keep and slaughter-fit stock.
In pictures: trade on fire in Kilkenny
Shane Murphy was at Kilkenny Mart this Thursday. Read his report here.
Charolais top €4,050 at multi-breed bull sale in Carrick
Adam Woods reports from the last bull sale of the season in Carrick-on-Shannon at the weekend.
Dairylink: grass wedge back on target
The grass wedge for James King's farm is in good shape as the demand line is matching covers in almost every paddock.
Half of teenagers have insufficient calcium in diet
Research findings have revealed a high percentage of teenagers have inadequate intakes of key vitamins and minerals.
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Why teaser bulls are leading the way in heat detection
Teaser bulls, otherwise known as vasectomised bulls, undergo a surgical procedure which makes them infertile approximately five to six weeks after the operation is carried out by a veterinarian
Moving on in the IFA
The Dealer spotted that Pat Farrell has left IFA, while pig farmer Shane McAuliffe is also moving around the houses.
Summer health problems and advice
Summer brings sunshine but sometimes sunshine brings new challenges and health issues on livestock farms. Adam Woods takes a look at a few issues and has some advice on dealing with them.
No ‘silver bullet’ alternative to antibiotics
A study has concluded that feed additives can help improve herd health but overall management must be good.
Summer health on dairy farms
Below are some of the things to watch out for on dairy farms during the summer period.
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Protect your future yields with Zoetis
Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) is a hidden disease in many beef and dairy herds, and one that can prove costly.
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Community benefit a key theme from Shaping Our Electricity Future consultation
EirGrid, operator of the national electricity grid, will next week close its nationwide consultation on Shaping Our Electricity Future.
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This is why you should check the knives in your diet feeder regularly
It is important to regularly check the knives in your diet feeder for wear and tear. Damaged or worn knives may result in a host of unforeseen costs.
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Control flies before they impact productivity
Flies are not only an irritant for cows and farmers alike, they also affect productivity – reducing animal grazing, therefore affecting milk yields and growth rates as well as behaviour in the parlour.
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UK-Australia trade deal: how it will affect Irish beef and sheep farmers
The UK's trade deal with Australia opens the marketplace in a way that can never really be closed again, writes Phelim O'Neill.
Carbery lifts milk price and elects new chair
Carbery, the west Cork dairy company, has decided to lift May milk prices to reflect the improving dairy markets.
Sustained food price increases as global food index continues upward curve
The FAO world food price index continues to increase, putting it close to its record high in 2011.
Global trade shaping Irish beef price
While Irish beef exports target the UK and then the EU, global trade has a big role in shaping prices.
Share your photos: check out this week's silage photo entries
Have you got the best silage photo of 2021 in your camera roll? We are on the hunt for the best silage photo.
Zetor updates Major range
Zetor has updated its Major CL 80 model, the move to a Stage V compliant engine and new cab choices being among the biggest changes.
HSA and FCI issue clarity on silage pit heights
A statement released by the FCI and HSA recommended that as a general rule of thumb silage pit height should never be more than double the height of the retaining walls and slope at less than 45°.
Glennon leaves Irish Simmental Cattle Society
The Dealer heard whispers of the move a few weeks ago but official confirmation was made on Tuesday.
45ac renovated residential farm along the Wild Atlantic Way
A recently renovated traditional dwelling with 45ac just off the Wild Atlantic Way in west Cork has come on the market.
200,000t of grain storage hits the market in the UK
An opportunity to acquire 200,000t worth of grain storage across Scotland and the north of England ahead of the 2021 harvest has come up.
Renovation revitalises Roverstown House
A stunning renovated nine-bedroom Georgian residence close to Birr, Co Offaly, has come on the market with joint agents, Goffs Property and Birr-based Donal Boyd Auctioneers Ltd.
TAMS payments pass the 20,000 mark
There was €1.9m issued in last week’s payment run, bringing the total sum of payments to date to €288m paid to 20,647 participants.
Farmers lead the way at blue flag beach in Co Wexford
Agricultural water quality has improved thanks to €550,000 of Department funding and the efforts of a group of Co Wexford farmers.
Four-day biogas training course to be held in June
The German biogas association, IBBK, is to hold its annual four-day biogas training course online this year from 22 June to 1 July
Oireachtas committee ‘frustrated’ over forestry licences
The agriculture committee recently discussed the ongoing licence crisis, committing to return to the issue if licence approvals do not improve.
Forestry licences up 11% on 2020 levels
Minister for Agriculture McConalogue has delivered an update on the progress of forestry licensing applications in response to written questions submitted to him.
Calls for new rules of origin to protect cross-border dairy
New rules of origin would safeguard a key feature of the Good Friday Agreement and all-island economy, the dairy and whiskey industries have said.
Poots appeals to rival parties on NI Protocol
The new DUP leader believes that if there was consensus among politicians the issues around the NI Protocol would be easier to resolve.
12% staff shortfall at Scottish abattoirs
Brexit has made life more difficult for those looking to fill vacancies in abattoirs
Matching spring calving date to grass growth
Matching calving date to grass growth made a big difference to cheapening winter and weaning weights for Duguid's cows
Food
This kind-of Cobb salad will please everyone
With so many delicious toppings to choose from, this take on a Cobb salad will keep the whole family fed and happy, writes Janine Kennedy.
My Country Living: farming, working for the NHS and writing children's books
As a child Kathleen McPolin didn’t like going to school, but as an adult she has turned to the books, even writing one. In conversation with Anne O’Donoghue.
Keep your horse cool when riding in warm weather
When competing your horse in warm weather it is important to keep them cool and hydrated.
Tales from the Parish: South Presentation Convent
Dr Gillian O’Brien is reader in modern Irish history at Liverpool John Moores University and is the author of The Darkness Echoing: Exploring Ireland’s Places of Famine, Death and Rebellion.
Living Life: Belfast’s busker boy
Thom Southern started out busking on the streets of Belfast. The same streets would ultimately catapult his music career, leading him to Nashville, England and a record deal, writes Anne O’Donoghue.