Dairy farming

The latest dairy farming news and dairy prices from the Irish Farmers Journal. Keep up to date with all farming and production news developments in the dairy farming sector.

Cow kill down almost 5,000 head to April 2023
Darren Carty
The latest Department of Agriculture data shows there were 91,110 dairy cows and 43,385 beef cows slaughtered in the first four months of the year.
Dairy Management: no rain a worry for some
Some farmers are beginning to worry that no rain in the forecast means a moisture deficit-induced grass shortage is on the way, writes Aidan Brennan.
Dairy Management: dealing with cows not yet bred
Aidan Brennan goes through the options for farmers to deal with cows that haven't yet been bred.
Dairy Trends: spot markets continue to improve
The European spot market for dairy products continues to make gradual improvements, writes Aidan Brennan.
Milk price top-ups level 2022 milk price payout
The annual reports have been published, the final milk price top-ups have been announced so a tally of one of the best average milk price years ever can finally be completed.
Continued dry spell could peel back growth
While the recent dry spell has been ideal for silage harvesting, a continuation of it could hamper growth in the next few weeks.
Focus turns to sward quality and replacing nutrients
Reports from farmers have indicated that swards have started to become stemmy at medium covers.
Top of €5,100 for Herefords in Nenagh
Shanon Kinahan reports from the Irish Hereford Cattle Society show and sale in Nenagh.
Beef breeding in the dairy herd: the options
As the breeding season moves on, Aidan Brennan takes a look at the best way of choosing beef bulls for use on dairy cows.
Early indications positive on sexed semen use on Tullamore Farm
Shane Dobson checks in with Tullamore Farm manager Shaun Diver to see what's been happening on the farm this week.
In pictures: hive of activity across the Footprint Farms as the weather improves
Sunny spells across the Footprint Farms have meant crops have got their final fungicide, as well as single farm payments and SCEP applications being submitted.
Dairy cross cows working hard in Newford
Adam Woods reports from the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm open day held earlier this week
Installing owl boxes in Co Waterford
Footprint Farmer Pádraig Connery has put up a couple of owl boxes on his farm in the past couple of weeks.
The 3 Rs of worm control: Right dose, Right animal and Right time
As sure as night follows day, once the grass really starts to grow, cattle and sheep will be challenged by the burden of worms.
Credit products available to farmers
Key information to know when looking for credit products for Irish farmers.
Steady cattle and sluggish sheep trade so far in 2023
Mark Zieg, Bord Bia beef, meat and livestock manager, and Seamus McMenamin, sheepmeat and livestock manager, look at trade.
Multiple Bord na Móna auctions boast over 400 lots of machinery this May
Wilsons Auctions prepares once again to offer bidders a huge selection of tractors, machinery, tyres, motorbikes, equipment and more surplus assets on behalf of the iconic Irish company Bord na Móna.
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