Dairy farming

The latest dairy farming news and dairy prices from the Irish Farmers Journal. Keep up to date with all farming and production news developments in the dairy farming sector.

Dairy management: reducing lameness in the autumn
Autumn can be a high-risk time for lameness in dairy cows, writes Aidan Brennan.
Dairy Trends: GDT lifts again as US supply rises
The average price increased by 2% to $4,072 per tonne. Whole milk powder stands out with a positive lift of 3.7% to $3,733 per tonne.
Dutch dairies scramble for milk supply
With increasing environmental pressures, Dutch dairy companies are increasingly looking towards countries like Ireland and Belgium for more milk.
Fonterra revises upwards financial performance
Milk supply in New Zealand normally peaks in October each year, the exact opposite to the Irish milk supply year.
Growth rates rebound as silage is dropped
Grass growth rates are on the up and while average farm cover is still behind target, many farmers are able to drop silage from the diet.
Growth rates lifting for autumn flush
Grass growth rates have increased, and the prospects for decent grass this autumn have improved greatly write Aidan Brennan and Martin Merrick
IHFA delighted to be back at National Ploughing Championships
Shanon Kinahan caught up with some of the livestock exhibitors at this year’s ploughing championships.
Northeastern Holstein Friesian breeders raise €18,000 for Ukraine
Holstein Friesian breeders in the northeast came together to raise huge funds for Ukraine.
Newford update: weaning complete and all weanlings weighed
Bull weanlings achieved an average daily gain (ADG) from birth to weaning of 1.37kg, while heifers recorded an ADG of 1.32kg.
Thrive weekly roundup: first heifers slaughtered and Ploughing demo
The weekly dairy-beef programme roundup looks at the slaughter performance of the first 12 heifers killed from the demo farm this year, as well as an outline of the cattle demo from the Ploughing.
Lamb slaughter performance recovers on Tullamore Farm
The average kill-out of 30 lambs drafted on Thursday 22 September was 44.8% compared with just 42.2% for the last batch slaughtered on 1 September 2022.
Thrive: 280kg carcase at 19 months for first 12 demo farm heifers
The first draft of the year is almost a month later than 2021 as heifers were housed for finishing early due to grass shortages. However, the average carcase weight is up by over 15kg.
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