WATCH: “The Calf Rearing” Challenge

Epigenetics shows that the first 60 days of a calf’s life can permanently and irreversibly effect that animals’ lifetime performance.

WATCH: A Chlorine-free wash system

It is important that a structured wash programme is followed to ensure effective cleaning of the equipment and also thorough rinsing at each stage.

Women in Ag: Anna Truesdale

Anna Truesdale is a dairy and sheep farmer from Co. Down. She is studying a BSc (Hons) Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies and has over 12,000 Instagram followers.

Women in Ag: Alison Daly

Alison Daly (23) graduated from Waterford IT in May-2018 with a BSc (Honours) in Ag Science. The Meath native - who is a Macra member - is a full-time dairy and sheep farmer.

Dairy Update: Calving, AI and switching to baled silage

Calving is winding down on Christy's farm, with five calves born this week - one Holstein bull and four sired by beef bulls. The breeding season is going well, with heifers being Ai'd to KYA this week - see more here.

Women in Ag: Mary Troy

Mary Troy (24) took over the farm at the age of 17 when her father passed away. The Waterford native studied at Kildalton Ag college and milks over 80 cows.

Student Focus: Simon Lanigan

Simon Lanigan (19) is a first-year Agricultural Science student at UCD. The Kilkenny native is a third-generation beef and dairy farmer and takes part in IHFA stock-judging competitions.

Farmer Focus: Caherconnell Farm

The Davorens milk of 70 Holstein-Friesian and Holstein-Fleckvieh-cross cows in The Burren, Co. Clare, with a herd average of 445kg Milk solids at 3.83% fat and 3.38% protein.

Farmer Focus: EEDY Holsteins

The Helens farm 200 pedigree registered Holstein Friesians in Co. Cork, with a current herd average of 9,500-litres; 4% butterfat; 3.4% protein and 700kgs milk solids/cow. Several families have been imported from Holland.

Women in Ag: Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker (26) grew up on a dairy farm and studied Food and Agri-business Management at UCD. She worked on a dairy farm in New Zealand after graduating and is now Glanbia’s Equine International Sales Co-ordinator.

IGA conference to showcase profitable grass-based dairy systems

Producing more milk – is it always the answer? - this is a question that will be explored at the upcoming IGA Annual Dairy Conference.

Farmer Focus: Gerard & Angela Brickley

Catherina meets Gerard and Angela Brickley who own and manage an 80-acre farm with 60 high-yielding robotically-milked cows; Fleckvieh genetics; & a zero-grazing system.

Young Farmer - Darragh Callanan

This week, Kevin speaks to a second-generation dairy farmer, Darragh Callanan, farming near Ardrahan, Co. Galway. Read all about his journey into the industry below!

Women in Ag: Maeve Keane

Catherina meets 20-year-old Maeve Keane, who juggles life as a dairy farmer with her Rural Enterprise & Agri-Business studies at G.M.I.T.

Milking 200 Cows/Hour in Co. Kerry

Maurice and Eva Costelloe installed a high-tech milking system, a 50-unit Dairymaster parlour Swiftflo Revolver parlour for their 300-cow herd & they continue to reap the rewards.

Student Focus: Gavin Brady

Catherina meets Gavin Brady from Ballinagh, Co. Cavan, a dairy farmer and former student of Ballyhaise Agricultural College who is currently completing a Diploma in Dairy Herd Management.