‘Cutting out meal for 13 weeks was a no brainer’

Patrick’s crossbred Jersey cows have been hovering around 12/13-litres the last 3 weeks.

Dairy Update: Grass growth improves, making silage and weaning calves

AI’ing up to five cows per day, dropping buffer feed from diets, starting rotations and more!

Dairy Update: Heavy rainfall and the breeding seasons gets underway

A deluge of rain, re-housing cows, spreading fertiliser, detecting heat, milk prices and more!

Dairy Update: Milk solids production increases and high grass covers

Making silage, selling weanlings, calves grazing a small paddock by day and turning breeding heifers out to grass.

Dairy Update: Making silage, spreading fertiliser and scanning cows

Good ground and weather conditions, high grass covers, turning cattle out, selling bullocks, a clear TB test and more!

Dairy Update: Cattle turnout, calving and high grass covers

Ground conditions are okay but we are using strip wires and not letting cows walk over what has already been grazed, writes Aran Connell.

Dairy Update: Cow roadway maintenance and milk protein percentages are dropping

Cows have not been let out to grass yet due to the unsettled weather conditions; our turnout date is usually March 17th, writes Aran Connell.

Dairy Update: A student on placement and promising calves from high-yielding cows

Cows are remaining indoors, calving continues, plans to offload calves, satisfied with factory returns and unfavourable weather and ground conditions – see more here.

Dairy Update: Slaughtering an empty heifer and calving continues

Cows are going out today, as the last few days were dry, meaning that ground conditions are proving favourable, writes Christy McCarthy.

Dairy Update - Mortellaro outbreak, Calves sold for €200, grass levels discussed and AI to start shortly

Grass levels discussed, calves sold at local marts, AI to commence shortly and dairy and beef-bred calves born, as well as Mortellaro outbreaks. Get it all on this week's Dairy update below!

Dairy Update - Milk Recordings, Slurry, Falling yields, Nutrition and more!

First milk recording of the year, heifers calved, slurry spread, diets formulated, falling yields due to the introduction of heifers to the herd, grass protein levels, OAD milking benefits and more discussed.

Dairy Update - Replacement heifers, further calves and more.

It's the final Dairy Update of January 2019 and this week saw the team discuss replacement heifers, further calving and more. Get it all on this week's Dairy update below.

Dairy Update - Milk Recording, Urea, Milk Fever, OAD, Post-grazing cover and more

Milk Recording, OAD milking, Classifying the herd, milk fever, preparing cows for calving, post-grazing cover, urea and selling calves, it is all discussed on this week's Dairy Update, which you can read below!

Dairy Update - OAD milking, calving, fertiliser, pulliing beet and more.

The benefits of once a day milking are discussed, as new replacements join the milking herd, beet is pulled, fertiliser spread and calving continues.

Dairy Update - Cows dosed, treated for lice and clipped, AI Courses, nutrition and more.

AI course through Macra, Volumes of milk increase but protein levels decline, drying off cows, dosing, clipping lice treatment, nutrition, milk price updates, GDT auction results and more.

Dairy Update - Cows inside full-time, calving cows, dosing and more.

Calving down the first of the herd, leading to better milk yields and solids, with cows now housed inside full-time. Get it all on this week's Dairy Update below!

Dairy Update - Sexed semen, servicing the calf feeder, pre-calving minerals, calves born and more.

First calves born, Low yielding cows taken out of the milking herd, preparation for calving season underway, Body Condition scoring, further fodder beet pulled, servicing the auto calf feeder, sexed semen, pre-calving minerals and more.

Dairy Update - Queen of the land champion, drying off cows, dosing and calving!

Contributor Louise was named this year's Queen of the Land for 2018, while on the farm some cows are now being brought in at night, with beet rations up to 10kgs, more cows dried off, dosing for worms, silage testing and calving commencing.

Dairy Update - New contributor, Queen of the land, drying off, dosing for fluke and more.

New contributor in the shape of Chris McCarthy this week, with cows dried off, teat sealers used, dropping yields, dosing for liver fluke, rumen fluke, worms and preparation for the upcoming Queen of the Land festival.