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AutoGrassMilk Farm Walk

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The Irish Grassland Association in conjunction with its AutoGrassMilk partner Teagasc hosted an open day on the farm of Aidan and Anne Power, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday 7th October.  This event showcased the use of a robotic milking system in an intensive grazing farm.  The Powers milk 95 cows through two milking robots on their 43 ha dry, hilly farm.  Aidan described the importance of cow trafficability to a system like this and how allocation of grass is the engine that drives it to delegates. Teagasc Moorepark researchers presented some of the preliminary findings of the AutoGrassMilk research project and answered questions.  

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Posted on Friday, 9 October 2015  |  By Irish Grassland Association

IGA Sheep Farm Walk 2015 Review

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IGA Sheep Farm Walk 2015Over 100 farmers attended this year’s Irish Grassland Association (IGA) sheep farm walk on Tuesday 19th of May on the farm of Ned Morrissey, Dunhill, Co Waterford. Ned runs a mid-season lambing flock of 370 ewes on 30.3ha (75 acres) in Dunhill, Waterford. The sheep enterprise is run alongside a significant tillage enterprise and focuses on finding the best balance between maximising output and reducing labour input. The farming system has witnessed significant changes in recent years with a switch to wintering ewes on grazing beet in-situ and outdoor lambing greatly cutting workload and costs. Grassland management is also excellent and combined with fodder beet provides the foundation to push stocking rate to the limit at 13 ewes/ha (5.26 ewes/acre). 

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Posted on Monday, 25 May 2015  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Dairy Conference Reviews & Presentations

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Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference 2015

Sponsored by Yara International

REVIEW AND PRESENTATIONS FROM SPEAKERS

Speakers with Irish Grassland Association and Yara delegates at the Irish Grassland Association Dairy Conference sponsored by Yara 

To view our Daily Conference 2015 papers  click here..

Presentations from speakers:

1. Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy
2. Donal Patton
Donal Patton
3. Michael Doran
Michael Doran
4. Matt Ryan
Matt O'Keeffe
5. Austin Finn
Austin Finn
6. Joe Leonard
Joe Leonard
7. Tom Curran
Tom Curran
8. John Roche
John Roche

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Posted on Wednesday, 14 January 2015  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Irish Grassland Association Student Conference Review

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Irish Grassland Association Student Conference Review

Sponsored by FBD Trust

Adam Woods and Donal Patton, Teagasc and Irish Grassland Association Council

Adam Woods Donal Patton

Adam Woods and Donal Patton

The 2014 Irish Grassland Association annual student conference was held on the Cavan/ Meath border to the dairy farm of Owen Brodie, Ryefield House, Virginia, Co. Cavan and the beef farm of Tom Halpin, Robertstown, Carlanstown,Kells  Co. Meath. 265 students from UCD, Dundalk IT, Teagasc Kildalton, Teagasc Ballyhaise and Waterford IT and Teagasc, Clonakilty attended this year’s event. Conference attendees were split in two groups, one visiting a dairy farm and the other visiting a beef farm. This year’s conference had a forum at the end of the farm tours where students took part in a discussion about opportunities for both dairy and beef farmers in a post quota era. 

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Posted on Monday, 15 December 2014  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Dairy Summer Tour 2014

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iga dairy summer tourThe Irish Grassland Association Dairy Summer Tour took place on the 12th of August in Co. Laois on the farms of David and Paul Hyland and David Kerr. Over 400 delegates attended the event and lively discussion took place throughout the day.

David and Paul Hyland

David and Paul Hyland are in a three-way partnership with their mother Lucy, on their farm at Ballacolla, Co. Laois. The farm comprises both owned and leased land with a milking platform of 114 ha grazing 360 cows. The farm has seen a lot of expansion over the past decade with cow numbers increasing by over 50% in the period, from 236 cows up to 360 this year. Since the mid 1990’s the milk output from the farm has increased more than threefold. Stocking rate is high at 2.75 LU/ha. The complicating factor is that the milking block is split in two, with a 1 km stretch between the nearest points of both blocks. The herd is grazed and milked as one unit so the normal grazing rotation is also split between the two land blocks, with the cows walking down the public road about every ten days. Milking is facilitated by two parlours – a 16 unit parlour on one block and a bigger 20 unit parlour for milking the cows on the larger land block.

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Posted on Wednesday, 19 November 2014  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Beef Summer Tour 2014

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This year’s Irish Grassland Association’s (IGA) beef summer tour brought farmers to Counties Kilkenny and Waterford to see examples of best practice in grassland management and the use of paddocks. Making Suckling Work for You, the Right Cow and the Right Grass was the title for IGA beef summer tour, which was held on Tuesday 29th of July.

The tour started in Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny, on the 53 ha farm of James and Mary Grace, where grass is growing at a rate of 12 t DM/ha/year. As James welcomed the group to the farm, he said: “I set out a couple of years ago to try and get as much as I can out of grass and that is the whole ethos of the farm”. According to Teagasc adviser Austin Flavin, the national average grass production is in the region of 7 t DM/ha. If James was growing 7 t DM/ha, he would be able to carry just 37 suckler cows with their calves and 30 store to forward store cattle per year. If he was producing 10 t DM/ha, he could carry 52 cows with 30 store cattle. Producing 12 t DM/ha, he could carry 63 cows and 30 stores. James is currently carrying 59 autumn-calving cows and buys 30 dairy calves each year, which are brought to beef. It was calculated that the difference between growing 12 t DM/ha compared to the national average of 7 t DM/ha is worth an additional Ä13,000 to the farm on an annual basis.

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Posted on Wednesday, 19 November 2014  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Contract Rearing Event

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With the advent of a quota free environment post 2015 there will be a substantial increase in milk volumes based on projected figures to date. Grazing platform is going to be the new quota and for that reason dairy farmers are looking at alternative ways to increase grass availability to support the milk production directly. One of the ways that must be given serious consideration is the ‘contract rearing of heifers. The Irish Grassland Association in association with Teagasc are running an evening event on the topic of Contract Rearing Heifers at 7.30pm on Thursday17th July 2014 at Shinagh Estates Gurteen Farm. The event should appeal to both beef, tillage and dairy farmers, as this may be an opportunity for all to benefit from potential income from contract rearing. This is a free event and is open to all interested parties.

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Posted on Thursday, 10 July 2014  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Sheep Farm Walks 2014

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The Irish Grassland Association annual sheep event is changing format for 2014. The traditional one day conference and farm walk will be replaced by two afternoon farm walks on July 31st on the farm of Philip Higgins, Screen, Co Sligo and August 7th on the farm of Anthony McShane, Carlingford, Co Louth. Sponsored by Mullinahone Co-op and Sheep Ireland, both events will take place from 3-5pm. The events will focus on breeding quality replacements, grassland management and soil fertility. Admission is free and there is no need to register.Both farms will be signposted on the day.This is an STAP approved event. Admission is FREE! No registration required. For more information call John Noonan on (087) 2789936.

 

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Posted on Thursday, 10 July 2014  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Dairy Summer Tour 2014

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The Dairy Summer Tour kindly sponsored by AIB takes place on Tuesday 12th August this year and will be held in Laois on the farms of David and Paul Hyland in Ballacolla and David Kerr in Ross, Portlaoise. The theme of this year’s tour is strategies for successful expansion. Both our host farms in this year’s Dairy Summer Tour have achieved considerable growth in cow numbers in the last ten years - the Hylands have gone from 120 to 360 cows and David Kerr has gone from 40 to 140 cows. Different strategies have been used on each farm to expand – land leasing, land purchase, contract rearing to increase cow numbers on the milking block, a second milking unit and a milk production partnership. How the farmers made these strategies work will be a major focus of the tour.

The Tour promises to be an excellent event for any current or potential dairy farmer regardless of current herd size or expansion plans. Registration will take place in the Portlaois Rugby Club, Co.Laois (signposted from junction 17 on the M7) from 8.30am. Breakfast rolls and tea/coffee will be provided for those who arrive on time. By registering before Friday the 25th July, you can avail of our pre-paid discounts of 25%. Discount tickets cost €30 for Irish Grassland Association members and €60 for non-members. To avail of this offer post the booking form on the brochure enclosed and your cheque to: Discounted DAIRY Registrations, IGA, Cookstown,Kells, Co. Meath. Admission is by registration only and early booking is strongly encouraged as our Dairy Conference in January sold out. So, if you are thinking of attending then book today and don’t miss out on this excellent offer.

 

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Posted on Friday, 20 June 2014  |  By Irish Grassland Association

Beef Summer Tour 2014

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YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT ONLINE!

REGISTRATION AT TOM MURPHYS FARM 9AM SHARP. SIGNPOSTED FROM CAROLLS CROSS

ON N25 DUNGARVAN/WATERFORD ROAD AND FROM PORTLAW

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

The Irish Grassland Association Beef Summer Tour 2014 is titled “Making Suckling Work for You – The right cow on the right grass” and will take place on Tuesday 29th of July. The event has kindly been sponsored by IFAC and Herdplus. We will visit two profitable beef farms, Tom and Bridget Murphy, Ballycahane, Portlaw, Co. Waterford and James and Mary Grace, Ballincur Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny. Both farms from strong hurling counties and both farms delivering a healthy profit from suckling! The tour will provide a great opportunity to discover the factors underpinning their profitability.

Admission to this event will be by registration only. Delegates who register and prepay for their tickets before Saturday 26th July with get their tickets HALF PRICE. These half price tickets cost only €20 for all IGA members and €40 for non IGA members! Registration fee includes refreshments on arrival, packed Lunch, conference proceedings, bus transfers between farms plus one year’s membership FREE to the Irish Grassland Association for all new d/d memberships. Further information is available at www.irishgrassland.com or by calling Maura on 087 9626483.

 This is a BTAP approved event and this event has sold out three weeks early in previous years. So, if you are thinking of attending, then book today and don’t miss out on these excellent offers.

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Posted on Friday, 20 June 2014  |  By Irish Grassland Association

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