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Testing silage and meal feeding cattle over winter

With the large amounts of rainfall recently, most beef farmers have housed the last of the beef cattle by now, writes James Concannon, Walsh...

Housing: Controlling liver and rumen fluke, stomach worms, lice and lungworm

Housing is an ideal time to free the animals from worms both stomach and lung and also liver fluke, writes Michael Conroy, Teagasc Roscommon. Animals...

Cost of keeping smaller VS larger suckler cows

Improving profitability on suckler farms is a challenge that has been achieved by farmers operating at high management levels, writes Kevin McGrath, CAFRE beef...

Johne’s Disease: Cause, how it spreads and financial losses

Ingestion of Johne’s bacteria via colostrum or milk from an infected dam is a primary source of infection for calves, writes Stephen Gilkinson, dairying...

3 areas dairy farmers should focus on to prepare for spring 2021

The 2020 dairy season is almost finished on most spring-calving herds, writes Michael Donoghue, B&T Dairy Adviser, Teagasc, Galway/Clare Region. Some are dry, while others...

Graphic content: Sheep killed in brutal dog attack

Police have appealed to members of the public to keep their dogs under control at all times. Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team raised the issue,...

A successful selective dry cow therapy plan for a typical dairy farm

With the evenings closing in, it’s coming to that time of year when dairy farmers will soon be drying off early calved cows, first...

What is the Zinc Sulphate Turbidity Test?

The cornerstone for success in any calf rearing enterprise starts with having an effective colostrum management practice in place. This essentially revolves around four key...

Suckling or calf-to-beef – what system is more profitable?

Tom Coll, Teagasc drystock advisor, poses the question 'suckling or calf-to-beef, which system is more profitable?'. When comparing calf-to-beef and suckling-to-beef systems it is true...

Difference of €71/head between in and out-of-spec steers

The winter period is a time where expenses rise dramatically, and returns can be variable at best. In most cases, stores will be housed at...

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