Calving

Spring calving on suckler farms: Preparation is key

Spring calving on suckler farms: Preparation is key

Both dairy and suckler farmers alike are well aware of the increased workload that calving season brings with it. While...

January 31, 2022

Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

Northern Ireland farmers are costing themselves thousands in additional heifer rearing costs by calving on average four and a half...

September 15, 2021

3-day sanitation plan to prepare pens for the next calving season

3-day sanitation plan to prepare pens for the next calving season

As youngstock facilities empty out over the summer months, dairy producers should take the opportunity to disinfect pens in preparation...

July 31, 2021

Calving at 24 months for optimum economic and lifetime performance

Calving at 24 months for optimum economic and lifetime performance

In order to maintain dairy herd size and performance, it is necessary to have a good supply of quality heifers...

February 22, 2021

Autumn-calving advice for farmers

Autumn-calving advice for farmers

As many beef farmers approach the autumn-calving season, a vet ambassador for an animal health project is encouraging farmers to...

November 2, 2020

Calving interval data for beef dams in Wales for 2019 released

Calving interval data for beef dams in Wales for 2019 released

Reducing cows’ intervals between calving is one of the key improvements that beef farmers should aim for in order to...

May 17, 2020

The importance of getting ventilation right this spring

The importance of getting ventilation right this spring

With the lambing and calving season underway or about to kick off, it is important farmers keep in mind the...

March 15, 2020

Why colostrum is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime

Why colostrum is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime

Colostrum, otherwise known as ‘beestings’, is the most important feed a calf will get in its entire lifetime – as...

January 23, 2020

The key aspects of a good calf shed

The key aspects of a good calf shed

With not long left until the spring-calving season is in full swing, it is paramount that your calf-housing facilities are...

January 22, 2020

Trying to reduce the workload during springtime? Why not install a camera…

Trying to reduce the workload during springtime? Why not install a camera…

Springtime is the busiest time of the year on many farming enterprises across the country, especially dairy and sheep. The...

January 12, 2020

Is this the best Christmas present for a dairy farmer?

Is this the best Christmas present for a dairy farmer?

Having all the necessary equipment to make calving a success does not stop at having a good calving shed, attendees...

October 29, 2019

Why is colostrum so important for the newborn calf?

Why is colostrum so important for the newborn calf?

Colostrum, also known as beestings, is the first and most important line of defence for a newborn calf. It’s crucial...

January 28, 2019

Meet the 1 in 11 million calves from Co. Down

Meet the 1 in 11 million calves from Co. Down

One Co. Down farmer had the surprise of his life last Thursday night when his heifer gave birth to four...

March 16, 2018

Pregnant women advised to avoid animals that are lambing or calving

Pregnant women advised to avoid animals that are lambing or calving

Pregnant women who come into close contact with sheep or cows during lambing and calving are advised that they may risk...

February 11, 2017

Video: Group of cyclists help farmers to deliver calf

Video: Group of cyclists help farmers to deliver calf

A group of cyclists in Spain stopped in the middle of their journey to help some farmers with a cow who...

January 19, 2017

Pics: Triplet calves get 2017 calving season off to a start on one farm

Pics: Triplet calves get 2017 calving season off to a start on one farm

One farmer arrived out to his shed yesterday evening to the surprise of triplet Holstein Friesian calves, two bulls and...

January 10, 2017

Higher number of dairy calf births when there’s a full moon, study finds

Higher number of dairy calf births when there’s a full moon, study finds

The phases of the moon have an affect on the time dairy cows give birth, according to a study by...

September 7, 2016

Do you know the ideal condition score for autumn calvers?

Do you know the ideal condition score for autumn calvers?

With 20% of Irish suckler farms calving in autumn, these farmers should be preparing for new calves to arrive from...

July 11, 2016