North Tyrone dairy farmer Tynan Roulston is proof positive that you don’t need to be farming south of Dublin to make spring calving and producing as much milk as possible from grazed grass feasible options. He is, in fact, a new entrant into milk, having previously managed a very successful suckler beef operation. This year […]
Grassland management decisions taken over the next three months will determine the profitability of dairy farms throughout Northern Ireland well into 2022, according to United Feeds’ ruminant nutrition advisor Alan Boyd and company nutritionist Matt Bourne. “Swards have taken no hurt over the winter months, which should set farmers up well for the push to […]
SustaiN is protected urea Nitrogen fertiliser. Urea is treated with a stabiliser called Agrotain. Agrotain reduces volatilisation, ensuring the Nitrogen is available to fuel crop growth all season long. Sustain (Agrotain) has been independently trialled by AFBI on both grassland and tillage. The trial results show that SustaiN yields are consistently as good as CAN, […]
With the fine spell of weather most farmers thoughts turn to first cut silage and the work load it brings. While it is important to ensile top quality winter forage do not take the eye off the ball when it comes to grass on the grazing platform, as this is your feed source for the […]
With GrassCheck predicting peak growth rates this week – have you got surplus grass on your farm? Andrew explains the benefits of baling paddocks that are too strong to graze.
Andrew McMenamin measuring grass at his home farm outside Castlefinn, Co Donegal – discussing the benefits he finds it brings.
As we cannot visit farms in person due to current lockdown restrictions we are having to use alternative methods to provide technical advice and discuss topical issues happening on farms across the country at present. If you can spare a few minutes join John Anderson one of our Ruminant Nutrition Advisers walking paddocks and measuring […]
By Andrew McMenamin, Ruminant Nutrition Adviser Spring is upon us and after a long winter on most farm attention has turned to grass and letting cows out to graze that grass.But why risk letting cows out to lush swards and changing their diet when things are settled indoors, and we can maintain and regulate feeding […]
By Alan Boyd – Ruminant Nutrition Adviser For the most part, autumn calving cows were dried off in good condition this year. This meant that milk producers had little trouble in making sure cows were holding at a body condition score of between 2.75 and 3.0 prior to calving. Post calving, however, a significant number […]
Father and son team – Victor and Robert Morrison from Ballyroney in Co Down are thoroughly enjoying their new life as dairy farmers. They switched from suckler production in August 2018 and are currently milking 93 Holstein & Fleckvieh with milk being supplied to Dale Farm.
The 2019 grazing season is now well under way in many parts of the country. Grazed grass still represents the cheapest feed source on farm and with the correct management can drastically improve milk produced from forage and overall feed efficiency and profitability.
SustaiN (formerly KAN) fertiliser offers farmers a method of reducing their on-farm emissions.