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Between 2015 to 2019 some gains were made in terms of soil chemical health, however between 2021 and 2023 Dairygold dairy suppliers farms are showing a combined 14% drop in soil chemical health.Read More
The Veterinary Medicinal Products, Medicated Feed and Fertilizer Regulation Bill 2023 is now signed into law. It has passed all stages of the Oireachtas and has been signed by the President.
It is important to be aware of the key dates in relation to the register to ensure compliance with the requirements of the register going forward.Read More
Wholecrop silage can be cut from 30-60% DM. The drier the crop the more complicated the process, the greater the risk of the silage heating at feed out and the more essential an additive becomes. It is better to cut at lower DMs as pit management is easier and it will reduce waste at feed out.Read More
The rain has fallen. Hopefully now it wont forget to stop!!
But grass growth should be good and our nutritional priorities for the summer will be to maintain grass quality, maintain milk yields and maximize milk protein %.
We of course need to take stock, access where we are from a forage standpoint, and use fertiliser to maximize grass growth from here to year end. Grass tetany is caused by a lack of magnesium (Mg) absorption. Grass tetany affects muscle function, hence the trembling/twitching/trashing. Death iscaused by the heart (a muscle) giving up.
Very dry weather in early June has led to increased concentrate feeding levels at farm level and in some cases, silage made with next winter in mind had to be eaten to meet our cows needs. This has happened on top of a long winter and wet March, where extra silage was used. All in all this ads up to a further depletion of silage stocks within our area. The best advise now is to have a 25-30% of a silage buffer on hand for years just like this. Where do we go from here to fill pits,
meet our winter needs and generate that buffer?
Dairygold Agri Business have silage testing available, where either individuals can take their silage samples themselves or a Sampler can be sent out on farm to take samples using a corer for more accurate results. These samples are then analysed in Lombardstown Analytics Services Laboratory and results are sent out to the customer.
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Dairygold has also reached an agreement with Top Oil allowing all Dairygold Members and customers to apply for a Dairygold/TOP Oil fuel card and also to open an account with TOP for the delivery of bulk fuel orders to your farm/home.View Prices