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Five tips for closing off swards for second cut silage
Kieran Mailey
Where silage has been harvested in early to mid June, fields should be fertilised and closed off for second cut as early as possible. Outlined are five tips for closing off fields for second cut.
 
 


Five tips for closing off swards for second cut silage
Where silage has been harvested in early to mid June, fields should be fertilised and closed off for second cut as early as possible. Outlined are five tips for closing off fields for second cut.
Summer health on dairy farms
Below are some of the things to watch out for on dairy farms during the summer period.
Management practices should influence lamb castration decisions
With lambs only permitted to be castrated under three months of age, some farmers will need to make management decisions in the coming weeks.
Summer sheep welfare scheme health measures
There are four health measures where attention may be required including parasite control, flystrike control, lameness control and mineral supplementation of lambs pre-weaning.


Cover crops making farm carbon-positive
This tillage farm sequesters more carbon than it produces, but is not rewarded for this in any way.
Fertiliser spreader health check
Gary Abbott and Peter Thomas Keaveney offer some advice worth considering to ensure your spreader continues to perform well this summer.
Calving facilities and Department of Agriculture specifications
Calving facilities and isolation boxes are currently eligible for grant aid under TAMS II but they must be built to Department of Agriculture specification.
Wicklow school claims farm safety prize
The winner of the 2021 Agri Aware Farm Safe Schools Champions contest has been announced.




Tullamore Farm: grass growth explosion and latest bull kill
Adam Woods checks in with Tullamore Farm manager Shaun Diver to see what’s been happening on the farm this week.
Dairylink: youngstock cruising above target
Dairylink Ireland farmer Richard Marshall has been tracking liveweight gains in his replacement heifers.
From the Tramlines: Crops soaking up the good weather
Stephen Robb talks to growers from counties Galway, Louth and Laois where crops have responded well to the sunshine and spray season is in full swing.
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
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