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The Dairy Edge is Teagasc’s dairy podcast for farmers.

Presented by Emma-Louise Coffey with the latest information, insights and opinion to improve your dairy farm performance.

Visit the show page at: https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

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The Dairy Edge is Teagasc’s dairy podcast for farmers.

Presented by Emma-Louise Coffey with the latest information, insights and opinion to improve your dairy farm performance.

Visit the show page at: https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

    The Surveillance and Early Detection of Disease in Ireland’s National Herd

    The Surveillance and Early Detection of Disease in Ireland’s National Herd

    Vet Michael Horan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge podcast, to discuss the role the Department of Agriculture plays in ensuring a high level of surveillance and early detection of disease in the animal population in Ireland.

    As we export the majority of the milk and meat products we produce, Michael emphasises the importance of a healthy national herd status from a marketing perspective. Micheal recited some of the many diseases listed on the national health cert that milk must be free from in order to export milk to China.

    Michael also gives some examples of occasions when detection didn’t work as well as it might have which led to a widespread animal health crisis for both the individual farmers and the national agriculture sector.

    Finally, Michael gives his top tips to maintain a high health status on your farm including: maintaining a closed herd, good fencing around boundaries, avoid sharing of farm equipment and consult with your local vet to make a herd health plan for your farm.

    For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast visit the show page at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

    • 35 min
    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: GHG Emissions

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: GHG Emissions

    Teagasc is running a weekly Let's Talk Dairy webinar series which is also being made available afterwards as a bonus podcast episode.

    In this webinar, Stuart Childs is joined by Laurence Shalloo, Katie Starsmore and Ben Larhart who are working on greenhouse gas emissions at Teagasc Moorepark.

    For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast go to the show page at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

    • 43 min
    Sustainable Dairy Farming and the Challenges Ahead

    Sustainable Dairy Farming and the Challenges Ahead

    Tom O’Dwyer Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer at Teagasc, joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to detail the challenges that dairy farmers have overcome in the last fifty years.

    Tom expects sustainability is the biggest challenge that will face farmers over the next decade while dairy cow numbers are set to continue increasing at a modest level.

    There are a range of technologies that will improve sustainability as well as improve farm efficiency such as higher genetic merit stock, higher grass utilisation, reduced use of chemical nitrogen, switch to protected Urea, incorporation of white clover and low emission slurry spreading.

    You can hear more about these technologies at the virtual Teagasc National Dairy Conference which is taking place on November 24-25th. For more information and to register for the event, click here:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/corporate-events/dairy-conference/

    For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast visit the show page at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

    • 17 min
    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Making Dairy Farms an Attractive Place to Work

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Making Dairy Farms an Attractive Place to Work

    With the current Covid restrictions in place, Teagasc is running a weekly Let's Talk Dairy webinar series which is also being made available afterwards as a bonus podcast episode.

    In this webinar, Stuart Childs is joined by labour researcher, Marion Beecher, and management consultant, Nollaig Heffernan, to give insights into making dairy farms an attractive place to work.

    For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast go to the show page at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    A Checklist of Important Tasks for the Coming Months

    A Checklist of Important Tasks for the Coming Months

    Dairy advisor Joe Kelleher joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give a detailed checklist of important tasks needed to complete in the coming months including assessing total annual grass production, soil testing, dry cow therapy strategy, parlour maintenance and relevant paperwork.

    For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast visit the show page at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

    • 17 min
    The Three Priorities of Autumn Grazing

    The Three Priorities of Autumn Grazing

    Micheál O’Leary joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to give targeted advice based on the level of grass on farm as we approach the housed period.

    Micheál emphasises the three priorities of autumn grazing: feed the cow, hit grazing residuals and avoid doing damage.

    He explains that there is approximately 700 kg DM/ha grass (range 400-1,050) on farms currently which is well below the current target of 850 kg. For farms below target at 400-500 kg, Micheál would urge farmers to remove cows from the grazing platform to allow the average farm cover to build prior to 1st December. For farms above target at 900-1,000, he advises farmers to graze paddocks with lower covers.

    Micheál also urges farms to employ on/off grazing techniques to avoid damage following heavy rainfall in combination with shorter daylight/drying hours.

    For more information go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/crops/grassland/grass10/grass10-newsletter/

    For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast visit the show page at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/

    • 15 min

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