The last number of years have seen dairy farmers invest heavily in improved management and housing systems, all dedicated to better meeting the welfare and behavioural needs of their cows. Can we say the same about the beef industry in Northern Ireland?
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.
There are many important factors that need to come together in order to achieve the aim of making first class silage in Northern Ireland.
SustaiN (formerly KAN) fertiliser offers farmers a method of reducing their on-farm emissions.
Newtownstewart milk producer Trevor Wilson believes firmly in the principle that investing in the best facilities and breeding stock are crucial in order to generate the maximum amount of payback for the business. Moreover, this approach extends to all aspects of managing his farm.
What are the key management challenges on dairy farms at the present time?