Ongoing Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) research is again confirming the importance of dairy heifers calving down successfully at 24 months of age. It’s an approach that ticks every box: two year old heifers that have reached their proper weight targets are more likely to achieve higher lifetime milk outputs. This level of performance is […]
The unfavourable weather over the past couple of weeks has saw grass quality decline and if rainfall persists, could cause ground conditions to deteriorate seeing many beef cattle housed. For cattle still out, decisions need to be made soon, depending on several factors. So, when deciding if finishing cattle off grass will provide the best […]
Managing the dry period correctly lays a strong foundation for a successful lactation. Follow our traffic light system for management and feeding tips depending on when your cows are due to calve. For more information read our Pre-Calver guide or contact your local adviser
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 […]
This winter, we have witnessed many issues caused by mycotoxins, but with a notable surge in recent weeks, it’s a hot topic on dairy, beef and sheep farms. What are mycotoxins? Mycotoxins are natural substances produced by moulds and fungi. They are invisible, tasteless and toxic. More than 500 different mycotoxins have been identified […]
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, […]
According to United Feeds’ nutritionist Andrew Fyffe, effective dry cow management has a crucial bearing on two fundamental aspects of dairying performance: the ability of the cow to have a successful lactation after calving and her subsequent fertility performance. Body Condition Score is the key driver in both cases. From a management point of view, […]
The considerable daily fluctuations in temperatures of recent weeks are significantly increasing the respiratory challenges faced by calves across Northern Ireland. United Feeds’ nutritionist Jenny Hamilton takes up the story: Retaining body heat can be a real challenge for young calves at the best of times. So the recent variations in temperatures, particularly those mild […]
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.
Alan Boyd discussing first cut as it’s being mowed at his Dad’s farm in Straid, Ballyclare.