Time to close paddocks for the winter
Aidan Brennan
Attention is now turning to closing up paddocks for the winter in order to have enough grass for the spring, write Aidan Brennan and Martin Merrick.
5 October 2022 Management
Dairy Management: grazing, road repairs and reducing electricity costs
Now is the tome to start closing paddocks for the winter but to have a plan in place for which ones to close first.
5 October 2022 Viewpoints
Home Farm: paddocks cutting up
Recent heavy rain has seen the first poaching we have had for a long time.
Organic farm finishing 1,000 cattle annually
The 950ac unit focuses on producing as much of the feed required as possible within the farm gate.
5 October 2022 Grass & feeding
Grass+ dairy: growth rates drop as October moves in
Grass growth rates are set to drop over the coming weeks as nights get longer and colder, write Aidan Brennan and Martin Merrick.
28 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Fodder Support Scheme rolled over
Up to €30m for a fodder support scheme is to be paid in December 2022.
28 September 2022 News
New beef scheme and energy supports for farmers in Budget 2023
Further detail has also emerged in relation to the energy support scheme announced by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar last week.
26 September 2022 News
Grass growth recovers but deficits remain
Aidan Brennan catches up with three farmers from Carlow, Kerry and Limerick to see what has happened to grass growth since the rain came earlier this month.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Dairy Management: bloat, fertiliser and managing nitrate bands
With lots of lush grass high in clover content now is a high risk time for bloat.
21 September 2022 Management
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.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Autumn liming to drive spring grass growth
It can take four to six months from spreading ground limestone to correct soil pH, so an autumn lime application is best to drive grass growth next spring.
20 September 2022 Management
High-risk time for bloat in livestock
Low dry matter and low fibre content in grass, along with longer nights with a heavy dew, is combining to make it a high-risk time for bloat, writes Aidan Brennan
19 September 2022 Management