National Ploughing Association, 20th – 22nd September The 85th National Ploughing Championships will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from Sept 20th – 22nd 2016.  This is Europe’s largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Show.  They had their most successful year last year with 281,000 attendees and over 1,500 delighted exhibitors. BBC Good Food…

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Breffni/Oriel Holstein Friesian Breeders Club in association with our four local AI companies invite all dairy farmers to a dairy seminar. Speakers on the night from: Date: Tuesday October 11th @8.30pm Venue: Errigal House HOtel Cootehill Refreshmentswill be served. Everyone welcome.

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Paul Crossan, Farm Advisory Team,  LacPatrick In the previous newsletter we highlighted the issue of chlorine residues in milk. We return to this topic again. Chlorine and chlorine-based products are highly effective and economical sterilisers of milk plants and bulk tanks and help to maintain low bacterial counts on dairy farms. However, use of such…

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Milk recording YOU may not have done a milk recording yet this year in an effort to reduce costs. However, the longer you continue to manage your herd without any individual cow information, the more profit you are likely to be losing. Milk recording is the best tool you have to establish which cows are…

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Autumn closing date and spring grass supply PastureBase Ireland allows an investigation of the effects of autumn closing date on spring grass supply. Previous on farm studies and experimental work indicate that the date on which to begin closing paddocks in autumn for spring grazing was October 10th. O’Donovan et al. (2002) found that for…

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On Tuesday 30th August at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan, the Chairman of LacPatrick Dairies Co-operative Society,  Hugo Maguire,  warmly welcomed the members to the first ever AGM of the newly formed Co-op.   The Chairman told the 77 members present that LacPatrick was the historic cross-border merger of two of the most established names…

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In this issue, LacPatrick CFO Michael Collins provides a comprehensive report on the LacPatrick AGM recently held in Monaghan. There’s the usual advice articles that we hope you’ll find useful, as well as a write up and some pictures from the recent Farmer Trip to England. Click to download the September Newsletter Save

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What do we know? The RPA are yet to open the application process for the European Commission’s milk voluntary supply management scheme but there are things farmers can be doing to be ready for the first application deadline on 21st September at 11am. To recap, Commissioner Hogan announced a fund of €150 million to encourage…

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E.U. Milk Supply Reduction Scheme – 1st closing date 15th September 2016. A new EU Scheme providing some compensation to producers who reduce their milk supplies over coming months has been introduced to help address the worldwide over-supply situation.  Below is a summary of the main points of the scheme. The scheme may suit individual…

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