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    Building resilience into a beef enterprise in Co. Fermanagh

    Written by Richard Halleron Recent years have seen Fermanagh suckler beef producer John Egerton improve the efficiency and resilience of his beef enterprise. He has also added to it in ways that improve its scope and sustainability. The Roslea man addressed a recent webinar jointly hosted...
  2. Bojangles

    Winter dry cow rations. Have I been wasting my money

    So I have always tried to feed dry beef cows in winter well being careful to meet all of their dm requirements, best minerals, correct protein etc. then i visit friends who basically give them silage and minerals and free access straw. Their cows look grand and I feel stupid. Am I a victim of...
  3. J

    The what jdunn55 has done wrong thread...

    I'm not going to list everything so far but if I dont move some of the discussion from the pictures thread I have a feeling @Princess Pooper might personally come down to cornwall to hang draw and quarter me... Before we get started, the only rule is there is to be no mention of the words...
  4. glow worm

    Non farming conversation

    Anyone else lost the ability to have a 'normal' conversation in a non farming environment after a years lockdown in isolation, or is it just me?! Visit to Docs etc .. for the life of me, when asked the question, I can only think of pee, p*ss or sh*t ....... urine or faeces totally elude me...
  5. Vader

    Destroying immunity...?

    Just an idle thought. A farmer i knew was going to go high health status on herd. Started with jonas testing. 1/4 of the herd came back with high results and recommended culling. He culled most, but few of his best he did not and kept them isolated on a different farm. Had then tested year...
  6. D

    Steaming jersey heifers

    New to dairy and just trying to glean a bit of your collective wisdom. What are peoples views on this practice pre calving. Will be milking Pedigree Jersey heifers in a robot. Feed rep has recommended steaming them up with concentrates 3 months prior to calving. Call me sceptical but I’m very...
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    Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

    Written by Brian McDonnell While spring-calving herds are mid-way through their milk production season, most autumn-calving herds are approaching the end of theirs. Cows that calved last autumn are now in late lactation, and should be assessed to ensure that they are in the correct body...
  8. F

    End of the Road for Small Livestock Farms?

    I buy store cattle off some small local farms and always try to help them out with bull hire or dehorning and TB testing. Yesterday when I went to see some yearlings on one of these farms that is only around 50 acres of old established permanent grass and a reasonable shed, the owners said that...
  9. A

    Borehole Water Tank - Remote Level Monitoring

    Our borehole is near the house and pumps to a tank at a higher ground about 600 to 700 metres away and probably 70 metres higher in elevation, the water then flows back via the same pipe to feed house, barns and various troughs around the place, pump is on a time switch set to pump a 2 to 4...
  10. TheRanger

    How long before intervention with calving heifers?

    Had 2 in quick succession that have started calving, all looks fine, coming correct etc, calf is alive (tongue is moving). The heifer itself isn’t really trying very hard to push it out. Both were left around 4 hours before deciding to intervene, by this point the calf is dead. Normal sized...
  11. M

    Dairy farm help???

    Been looking for some help atm. Shocking amount of guys 17/18 whose mums are replying to the ad. I'm sorry but if mummy is looking for a job for you, it doesnt sit well with me as a potential employer?? Anyone else feel the same?
  12. L

    Machinery maintenance

    Much as I am proud of the quality of care my cows receive I am ashamed at the lack of maintenance we do on our kit. it’s costing us money I can ill afford. Can the collective please point me in right direction to enable me to empower my staff to do this. It’s not an area I have any interest...
  13. S

    Golden Nuggets....the 'fake meat' revolution is on its way....

    Anthony Browne MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment writes in this week's Spectator, "Britain could be at the forefront of the revolution. We love animals: we are pragmatic about new technology". Further he writes "The FSA should now consider a fast - track...
  14. N

    How long do you spend preparing for RT audit?

    OK I know theres been a hundred threads about RT but..... Is it just me, or does the preparation for a crops audit take un reasonable time and effort. Saturday Afternoon, and today will be spent on 8 hrs of paperwork. Over the year, i have tried to work out the time required, which i now...
  15. Hilly

    Line one Herefords

    https://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/livestock-breeding/hereford-herd-grows-demand-with-line-bred-us-genetics Interesting artical for anyone wanting to understand and know about line one Hereford cattle .
  16. pine_guy

    DIY AI and buying semen

    So this year for the first time we are going to do some AI. My headsman is AI trained and just had his refresher course. So we can buy whatever we want and not be tied to one company. The question is, having not bought semen before, where to go for it. We have spoke to semex as the rep called in...
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    Is your stock bull fit for purpose?

    Written by Brian McDonnell Most spring-calving dairy herds typically start breeding in early May, so by now most farmers should have completed four weeks of Artificial Insemination (AI). The aim is that 90% of all cows to be served will have been inseminated by the end of week three. This is...
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    McAleer: NI needs ‘carbon calculator’ to help farms prepare for net-zero

    Written by Rachel Martin Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has called on the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to develop an accurate ‘carbon calculator’ to help farms prepare for net-zero targets. McAleer said it was vital farm businesses were able to establish...
  19. Kevtherev

    The Turnip Taliban?

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    Sucklers are the future on Co. Tyrone farm

    Written by Agriland Team Thomas Rankin farms with his father Geoffrey close to the village of Bready in north C.o Tyrone. Their farm extends to 290ac. It is home to a suckler herd of 80 cows and a 380-strong flock of breeding ewes. Thomas and Geoffrey also buy-in about 50 Aberdeen-Angus...
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