Dairy Farming

Scottish dairy herds down but total cow numbers up

Scottish dairy herds down but total cow numbers up

The number of dairy herds in Scotland has decreased to 982, down 19 in the six months to July 1,...

July 16, 2015

Farmers are using less sexed semen this year (here’s why)

Farmers are using less sexed semen this year (here’s why)

Sexed semen demand has been lower than expected in 2015. This is primarily due to the lower milk price farmers...

July 4, 2015

‘Just because you don’t live in Cork doesn’t mean you can’t grow lots of grass’

‘Just because you don’t live in Cork doesn’t mean you can’t grow lots of grass’

Farmers need to get over the stigma of location when it comes to growing grass, Teagasc’s Michael O’Donovan told farmers...

July 4, 2015

How to manage cash flow on a dairy farm

How to manage cash flow on a dairy farm

Continuing low milk prices are putting real pressure on farm cash flow with fertiliser and contractor bills to be paid,...

July 1, 2015

UK dairy entrepreneurs course to be relaunched

UK dairy entrepreneurs course to be relaunched

In order to meet demand for business training from aspiring dairy farmers the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF)...

June 27, 2015

‘My milk fat has dropped in the last two weeks – should I be worried?’

‘My milk fat has dropped in the last two weeks – should I be worried?’

Questions from dairy farmers in relation to milk fat levels are frequent during May, according to Teagasc. It says the common...

May 8, 2015

Excellent AI straw used on a very poor cow = poor heifer

Excellent AI straw used on a very poor cow = poor heifer

Breeding replacements from only the best quality cows is vital on every dairy farm, according to Consultant Cathal McAleer. Working...

May 5, 2015

Gross output figures peak at €6,091/ha on spring-calving dairy farms

Gross output figures peak at €6,091/ha on spring-calving dairy farms

The top 10% of dairy farms generated a gross output of compared to €4,392 on the average farms, according to...

April 6, 2015

Gloves-looking after your cows and hands – AHI

Gloves-looking after your cows and hands – AHI

Considering the broad range of jobs you do daily as a farmer, it is going to be very difficult to...

April 3, 2015

Despite volatility, global dairy demand to grow by 2% – Rabobank

Despite volatility, global dairy demand to grow by 2% – Rabobank

Regardless of occasional depressed market conditions caused by volatility, Rabobank believes that medium-term global demand in the global dairy market...

March 16, 2015

Drought in New Zealand sees farms use 10,000L of water daily

Drought in New Zealand sees farms use 10,000L of water daily

South Island New Zealand dairy farmers are coming under extreme pressures in recent months due to a prolonged period of...

February 4, 2015

How far can dairy cows walk?

How far can dairy cows walk?

Lameness is a disease that dairy farmers don’t hear much about, according to Teagasc Dairy Programme Manager Tom O’Dwyer, and...

January 26, 2015

Efficiency vital to deal with price volatility – Keenan boss

Efficiency vital to deal with price volatility – Keenan boss

Efficiency in a broad sense will be a vital force for farmers to deal with price volatility, according to Keenan...

January 2, 2015

Reflections on a challenging year for farmers

Reflections on a challenging year for farmers

Despite the excellent weather and growing conditions most farmers will be asking themselves the question: where did it all go...

December 30, 2014

Know your dairy products: Milk Powder

Know your dairy products: Milk Powder

The growth of milk powder exports has help fuel the exponential expansion of dairy trade globally in recent years. New...

December 27, 2014

2015 – more cows or less cows?

2015 – more cows or less cows?

With the removal of milk quotas only a few months away, many Irish dairy farmers are set to calve and...

December 17, 2014

Clean sweep for southern dairy breeders at Winter Fair

Clean sweep for southern dairy breeders at Winter Fair

All of the main competition prizes at the recent Royal Ulster Winter Dairy Fair headed south on the back of...

December 15, 2014

Dairygold announces measures to support its milk suppliers

Dairygold announces measures to support its milk suppliers

Dairygold has announced that its Board has approved changes to the Society’s Member Funding mechanisms designed to assist its milk...

December 11, 2014