• Managing Dairy Cow Lactation during dry spell

    CURRENT CHALLENGES Some Glanbia milk suppliers have started to experience drought conditions and based on the current weather forecast the severity and scale will increase over the next week. This will have a big impact on milk output and the ability to build winter fodder supplies. Grass growth rates have fallen significantly and quality has also been challenging. Across most…

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  • Maximising Spring Breeding Potential in Laois

    Alan Stephenson has 140 dairy cows and farms on a 33 hectare milking platform outside Mountmellick, Co. Laois. He has 110 spring calving and 30 winter calving cows on his farm and is a Glanbia milk supplier. Alan milk’s predominantly Friesian cows, with some Jersey and Norwegian Red and operates a relatively closed herd, rearing all his own replacement heifers.…

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  • Management of Critically Low Fodder

    The major challenges facing producers over the next number of weeks is budgeting fodder supplies and maintaining/improving body condition before the breeding season. We cannot be sure when grass growth will match or exceed demand or when grazing conditions will allow proper utilization on farms but we believe at this point that any available fodder must be stretched to last…

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  • Protecting Young Calves from Cold Stress

    Temperature Matters • Young calves are very susceptible to low temperatures – They are on highly digestible feed and are not yet ruminating (so less heat is generated by digestion) – In the first week of life, calves will start using energy from feed to keep warm at temperatures less than 15°C – High risk calves (difficult birth, twins) will…

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  • Beef and Sheep Information Evening

    GAIN Beef and Sheep Information Evening Not to be missed event focused on market outlook, mart prices, nutrition and animal health” Date: Thursday 26th October Start Time: 7pm Venue: The Longman of Kilfane, Thomastown Speakers and Topics: Beef Market Outlook & Mart Prices – Darren Carthy, Farmers Journal Management and Nutrition – Martin Ryan, GAIN Animal Nutrition Animal Health and…

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