Dairy Cattle Management

Dairy management: what weight should maiden heifers be now?
Aidan Brennan
Aidan Brennan takes a look at what target weight maiden or weanling heifers should be now.
26 November 2022 Management
Dairy management: keeping an eye on body condition score
Milking spring-calving cows into December is a bonus, particularly with such a high milk price, but not if it’s at the expense of body condition, writes Aidan Brennan.
23 November 2022 Climate and environment
Energy efficiency: being smart with energy on dairy farms
In the first of a three-part series on farm energy efficiency, Stephen Robb and Teagasc’s Barry Caslin run through some measures to improve the energy efficiency on dairy farms
Dairy Trends: EU milk supply increasing
Germany is a big player in the EU milk market and more milk is being produced there at the moment.
23 November 2022 Management
Dairy Management: dosing cows, grass supply and spending money
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the main parasites farmers need to be looking out for when planning dosing strategies this winter.
23 November 2022 Management
Organic housing: retrofitting conventional cubicle sheds
Housing will be one of the major challenges that farmers face in converting to organics, with restrictions on slatted areas and increased space per livestock unit.
23 November 2022 Buildings
Student labour: organising additional help for the spring rush
Agricultural and veterinary students are a valuable asset to a busy spring yard, but it’s a case of give and take between farmer and student.
22 November 2022 Management
How much meal to feed dairy cows now?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at how much meal dairy farmers should be feeding to their cows this November and December.
21 November 2022 Management
Feeding cows this winter - how much will it cost?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the costs involved in feeding dry cows this winter period.
19 November 2022 Management
Abnormal weather testing housing and management practice
There were numerous reports in recent weeks of torrential rainfall resulting in eave gutters overflowing and entering sheds or water overflow entering slatted tanks.
16 November 2022 Winter Indoor Management
Ensuring adequate slurry storage and straw requirements this winter
With nearly all cattle housed across the country, it’s time to put pen to paper and see if you have enough slurry storage in your tanks and straw in your sheds for the coming winter.
16 November 2022 Buildings
Farm generators: what are the options?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at the options available for farmers thinking of purchasing an electricity generator.
16 November 2022 Winter Indoor Management