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Act Now to Maximise the Length of your Grazing Season

Right down we have 14% less grass on farms than we should have. If we do not act now we will run out of grass earlier than planned. We need…

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Spread Nitrogen Now to Maximise Grazing Season

Pasturebase data has shown us that its not uncommon for many dairy farmers to end up with a lower supply of grass than they would like entering into the autumn….

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It’s Time to Check Your Slats – Farm Safety

Catherine Hurley, B.Agr.Sc, Agri Sales Support Advisor Slats and manhole covers are not lifetime items, they need to be replaced before they fail. The expected lifespan of them is about…

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Replenish Land After Taking Out Surplus Bales

Liam Stack, M.Agr.Sc, Ruminant Technical Manager After taking out surplus grass as bales, it’s important to replace what we’ve taken out in terms of N, P + K to ensure…

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How to Make Good Quality Bales

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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How to get the most from feeding concentrates at grass

Liam Stack, M.Agr.Sc Ruminant Technical Manager   There is a balancing act that must be done by farmers when feeding concentrates at grass to the dairy herd. Farmers need to…

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Now that the closed period is over… should I spread?

Our fertiliser world is a changing. We now need to focus more on nitrogen use efficiency, ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions. As part of their marginal abatement curve Teagasc have…

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Maximise the Early Season Supply Bonus By Using Milk Replacer

On average a Dairygold dairy farmers supply 1%, 3% and 9% of their annual milk supply in the months of January, February and March respectively. Milk supplied in these months…

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Why now is the best time to get your soil tested

Louise O’Connor, Agri Technical Graduate As we face into December, most farmers are running through their winter checklist. However, one of the best things you can do during this period…

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Using Alfalfa to improve milk output and liveweight gain

Colman Purcell, Nutritionist Dairygold Quality Feeds Traditionally we value forages based on their net energy and digestible protein content. We usually confine our efforts to these nutrients as we assume…

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