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Dairy

In this section you will find up to date articles on Dairy farming news and best practices. We would also welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas about how we may improve or further develop this section.

Dairy

Short of grass right now, what are your options?

Liam Stack M.Agr.Sc, Ruminant Technical Manager, Dairygold Agribusiness gives a concise breakdown of what your options are if running out of grass during this dry spell.

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Feeding The Dairy Cow When Forage is Scarce

This Spring has proven to be very difficult on farms. Click Read more for a guide for forage management on Dairy Farms. Contact your Area Sales Manager for more information.

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Spring Fertiliser Advice by John Maher, Teagasc Grass 10 Manager

John Maher, Teagasc Grass 10 Manager, Moorepark has given fertiliser advice for application of N, P and K fertiliser this challenging spring.

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Ensure optimum health of your livestock this Spring with Superchoice Minerals

When it comes to animal nutrition, Superchoice Minerals are your guarantee for great quality and value. This product range has been formulated to meet the upper end of Teagasc’s recommended mineral levels and has been formulated to meet the needs of Irish dairy cows, cattle and sheep.

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Chemical Control of Ragwort in Grassland

Shane Cotter, Dairygold Grassland Specialist gives some key pointers on controlling Ragwort in grassland this Spring. For more information contact Shane on 087-0671246.

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Developing Your Fertiliser Plan

Click Read More for a brief overview on what key things to look out for this spring when preparing your fertiliser plan. We have provided some examples of fertiliser plans also.

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Tackling Lameness with the Provita Hoofsure Range

Lameness is now a major challenge in Irish dairy herds. Digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as Mortellaro, is an infectious condition and one of the major causes of lameness reducing milk yield, fertility, mobility and feed intake. Read more on this and see how the Provita range from Dairygold can help reduce lameness in your herd.

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Dairygold Agri Business launches new Gold Assure range of Dairy Hygiene for Spring 2018

The new Gold Assure range of Dairy Hygiene products was formerly branded Dairygold and has been trusted by Dairy Farmers across Munster for decades.

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Johne’s Disease – Farm Risk Assessments

While screening tests and good biosecurity practices are important in the control of JD, carrying out an on-farm risk assessment (VRAMP), ideally before calving time, is critical to understanding the risks relating to your own herd…

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Give Your Calves The Best Start With Prime Elite 25 Plus Milk Replacer

In this article we will give a brief outline on the benefits of the Prime Elite 25 Plus Milk Replacer. Rebecca O’Sullivan, Dairygold Milk Replacer Specialist, has presented a short video on Prime Elite 25 Plus also. For more infromation contact Rebecca on 086-7938420.

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Dairygold Launches 2018 Calf Milk Replacer Specialist Programme

This Spring Season Dairygold Agribusiness will be launching a Calf Milk Replacer Specialist Programme. Rebecca O’Sullivan will be offering advice on feeding and managing the calf rearing process from birth to weaning.

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The Ten Golden Rules For Successful Vaccination

1. Make a plan • Talk to your vet and decide which groups of animals should be protected against which diseases 2. Make sure the vaccination programme is completed exactly as stated on…

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Farm Biosecurity & Facility Hygiene

A good Biosecurity Plan can be drawn up at farm level by assessing the risks posed by the movement of stock, personnel and vehicles onto farms. Your Vet can advise…

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Cull Cows

Economics of feeding cull cows The economics of feeding cull cows depends on the quality of the silage available, the cost of silage and concentrates, the condition of the animals…

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Guidelines for making good quality baled silage

The principles of making baled silage are the same as pit silage: 1) Remove all air and maintain air-free through to feedout 2) Reduce silage pH (level determined by the…

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Nutrition & Fertility

Early Lactation Feeding: Nutrition and Maximising Fertility Performance Poor fertility performance is the biggest cause of involuntary culling on Irish dairy farms. Reducing empty rates from 15% to 10% will…

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Mineral Feeding Pre-Calving

Mineral feeding for the pre-calving cows Nutrition for breeding Your nutritional aims for successful breeding are: To minimise your herd’s body condition loss between calving and the start of breeding…

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Redwater

Redwater Bulletin Redwater is a life-threatening disease of cattle caused by a parasite called Babesia divergens. The parasite is transmitted by ticks. High risk periods for Redwater are late spring/early…

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Udder Health

Udder Health Cow Preparation for milking Wipe cows udders if dirty If you strip wash milk away Pre spray or foam (do about 8 cows) Wipe off with new paper…

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Lameness in Dairy Cattle

Lameness is now a major problem in Irish dairy herds – it has become the second largest dairy cow health challenge after mastitis. Up to 89% of dairy cattle may…

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Milk Fever

What is Milk Fever? Milk fever is a disease, characterized by reduced blood Calcium (Ca) levels. It is most common in the first few days of lactation when demand for…

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Forage Options

Whole Crop Cereals/High Moisture Grain It is essential to monitor the dry matter of the crop regularly, starting a month before the anticipated harvest date. Dry matter can change by…

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Body Condition Scoring (BCS) Guide

BCS is a simple technique to assess how thin or fat a cow is on a scale of 1 to 5 with increments of 0.25, where 1 is extremely thin…

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