This week Vet Sarah Ryan continues her advice on calving by talking through how vitally important colostrum is to the new born calf.
So hopefully at this point we have a healthy calf on the ground delivered safely! The most important thing on the list now is of course colostrum. I will say it again Colostrum.
And once again for good measure Colostrum Continue reading “Vetinerary Corner: Do you know how vital Colostrum is?”
Feeding before lambing
Feeding the ewe well in the weeks before lambing can help reduce first 24-hour lamb losses significantly. Ewes that have a good quality diet of high dry matter silage/hay and concentrates will fair better, it will help the developing lamb fetus grow and ensure the lamb has an adequate layer of fat to help provide energy for the first few hours after birth. Good feeding of the ewe will also help ensure that the lamb is vigorous when born, supplying the lamb with energy to help it stand and suck early. Continue reading “Reducing Lamb Losses in First 24hrs”
Approaching Trace Element deficiency in sheep
Animax’s Allsure sheep boluses are becoming the go to bolus for sheep farmers around the country.-the reason: trace element deficiency in sheep is increasingly becoming a problem. The signs associated with trace element deficiency can often subtle in onset and often present as poorly growing lambs during late summer or early autumn. There is also considerable interplay between factors such as seasonal changes in grass growth, diet and management for complexes such as Parasitic Gastro Enteritis (PGE) and trace element deficiency. As such it is important to consider and deal with all the issues including any parasitic problems. Continue reading “Allsure- Do you know what Trace Elements your Sheep Need?”
Many sheep farms are now in the final stretch of the pre-lambing period. High-quality care and management of ewes in the final 6 weeks of pregnancy are essential for good live birth rates and survival. Few people realise that 75% of lamb growth happens during this period. Farmers should be checking their flocks twice daily to check feed supplies are adequate and to observe ewe behaviours for any signs that may indicate illness. Illness at this stage could impact ewe and lamb, significantly impacting profits. One of the most frequent illnesses seen in flocks is Twin Lamb Disease. Continue reading “Twin Lamb Disease- Do you know what to do for your flock?”
The Department has announced the details of the new Calf Investment Scheme (CIS). On the surface it seems like a great opportunity for farmers to invest and expand. However, as usual there is a lot of technical jargon hiding the important information! It appears that the proclaimed 40% isn’t quite as it appears! Here at Agridirect we have taken the time to sift through the excess information and give you whats important. Hopefully it will help some get a better idea of what will be expected of them before signing up. Continue reading “Calf Investment Scheme: Do you know what’s required to Avoid the Pitfalls?”
We’ve made it to another year’s end, and yet again everyone’s focus is on presents! But it’s been a tough year for many, financially speaking, especially farmers. Christmas is the time when you will feel the financial squeeze the most, with no idea how long you will have to feed animals into the spring! Looking for the best present for family and friends is when you realise you might not be able to afford the top of the range items! At least not while keep something aside for a rainy day or month in the spring! As a result, the feeling of fear and inadequacy can be daunting! Continue reading “Christmas- Are we teaching children to focus on Presents”
Brexit: Horror Show
The Brexit countdown clock is clicking steadily to its October 31st deadline and I have to wonder it the date wasn’t chosen as a metaphor. The last three years of uncertainty, of shocks and scares intermitted with moments of calm farce to lighten the mood and give a false sense of security. All leading to what is looking like a climactic near death experience of a nation, or nation! It’s a perfect horror story for telling in the dark, torch under your face, to frighten all and sundry. Continue reading “BREXIT: Is the perfect Halloween story coming to an end?”
Beef Protests are still ongoing with no end in sight. Factories are refusing to negotiate and have instead opted to declare war on protestors by threatening lawsuits. This has, justifiably, only further angered the farmers who are already fighting for their survival. Let’s not forget that these companies and CEO’s owe all their good fortune to these very farmers. They are the people producing the top quality product that these companies are able to market with a Bord Bia sticker to virtually any market in the world at a premium price. Yet when it comes to dealing fairly with their suppliers they show a complete lack of respect or empathy for their plight. It is for this reason that I started to wonder where is the Irish farmers “fair trade” sticker. Continue reading “Does Irish Beef need a Fair Trade equivalent?”
Farmer on holiday
If your significant other is a farmer then you are probably aware of how difficult it can be to organise a getaway. Summer in particular can be a very difficult time to pry them away on a holiday. Some of the reasons are simply down to being self employed. As any self employed person will tell you it’s hard to put off work you can’t afford to miss out on. However farming comes with the added pressure that comes with having to work around weather, animals and deadlines/ open dates from the department. For that reason many farmers struggle to find the time to leave. Continue reading “6 Tips for planning your holiday with a Farmer”
The announcement of the 100 million beef fund just before the election was a huge relief for most beef farmers. It seemed that, finally, there was a brief ray of hope to cut through the cloud of depression that has been hanging over the industry. Unfortunately it was to be short lived. No sooner had voting finished than we got the old “oh by the way…” that seems to come with everything the government tells us. It was announced that to be entitled to the Beef fund we would have to reduce our beef herd. But I have to ask the question, why? Continue reading “Beef fund-Who are we farming for?”