Climate and environment
Breeding and grassland at heart of Roscommon organic conversion
Darren Carty
The Hurley family farm entered organic conversion in 2015 and have since reduced their suckler herd from 58 to 25 cows which are run alongside a flock of 100 ewes.
22 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Top performance from Quality Award winners
Top performance in all aspects of the farm business sealed the win for the McCarthy family, writes Aidan Brennan.
15 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Farmers fearful as growth rates drop
Average grass growth rates dipped this week and with little or no rain in the forecast another dip is likely for next week.
Topping grass to maintain sward quality
Where cattle enter swards that have headed out, grass utilisation will drop, leaving a lot of stem behind. Topping grass is a short-term fix to maintain grass quality in June.
14 June 2022 Management
Positive change for Tasmanian farmer
Aidan Brennan previews one of the main speakers at this year’s Positive Farmers Conference.
8 June 2022 Management
Taking on the challenge of reaching net zero farming
Co Antrim sheep farmers Roger and Hillary Bell held a farm walk where they outlined how their farm is planning to get to net zero carbon. Kieran Mailey reports.
8 June 2022 Management
Simple steps to improve grass utilisation
Andrew Mulhare is a mixed beef and tillage farmer, farming 54ha outside Ballybrittas, Co Laois.
Sheep management: grassland management, TAMS and safety precautions
Lamb performance frequently dips on many farms due to poor-quality grass in the pre and post-weaning period, potentially undoing the good work in early lactation.
1 June 2022 Management
Grass+ Beef: growth rates falling back to more normal levels
After a three week period of accelerated growth, grass growth rates has now moved back to more normal levels.
1 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Controlling ragwort before issues escalate
The prevalence of ragwort in an area will increase year-on-year if management practices are not put in place to control its spread.
Last chance saloon for wild bird cover and ragwort control
There is just days left to get wild bird cover crops planted as the 31 May deadline under the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environmental Scheme fast approaches.
27 May 2022 Schemes
Monitoring performance to keep stock on target
Regular weighing of cattle on the Thrive demo farm provides information for early management decisions in order to keep stock on track for a 20-month slaughter date. Declan Marren reports.
25 May 2022 Grass & feeding