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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 Dairy Edge Teagasc

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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/

    SCC in early lactation following selective dry cow therapy

    SCC in early lactation following selective dry cow therapy

    Pallaskenry farm manager Brendan Ryan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to discuss SCC in early lactation following selective dry cow therapy.

    Brendan explains that 69% of the herd were dried off with a teat sealer only based on cows that had milk records of SCC 200 k during lactation and no high quarter.

    Herd SCC in February averaged 200-250 k and now sits between 110-130 k. Brendan acknowledges the high SCC in early lactation persisted for longer than other years due to the change in milking facilities from a herringbone milking parlour to a rotary milking parlour as well as a later than normal 1st milk recording.

    Brendan emphasises the importance of milk recording in mid-February, suggesting that mid-March is too late. Given that 50% of the herd calves in the first two weeks, a February milk recording is necessary to pick up udder infections early and treat accordingly.

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

    The Dairy Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia.com

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Milk Recording Reports

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Milk Recording Reports

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

    In this webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist discusses milk recording reports and the importance it has to farmers.

    Milk recording is important to identify superior cows who are producing high levels of solids and also to identify the most productive cows which can then be beneficial from an environmental and economic point of view.

    Generally, milk recording is an under-utilised tool at the moment. There has been a big increase in milk recording figures in relation to the 2019 figures with 2020 not being reviewed as much because of the impact of COVID-19. There's also been a big impact of milk recording in the Progressive area and in the Munster catchment area as well.

    Stuart also explains how to use the information acquired from the milk recording figures.

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

    The Additive Trials Reporting an 80% Reduction in Methane Emissions

    The Additive Trials Reporting an 80% Reduction in Methane Emissions

    Katie Starsmore and Ben Lahar join Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give an insight into the Green Feed trial that is investigating feed additives that have the potential to reduce methane emissions from grass fed dairy cows.

    Katie explains that the trial cows emitted 320g of methane daily on average across the last three weeks. Methane is produced by bugs in the rumen following digestion of feed. Higher digestibility feed (lower pre-grazing cover) results in lower emissions.

    Ben reviews some additives that have been trialled in TMR systems which reported an 80% reduction in methane emissions over a 60-day period when supplemented with red seaweed additives. In the Teagasc experiments, trials continue to investigate additives in grass-based systems.

    Additionally, Ben identifies scope to reduce methane emissions through improving genetic merit. Higher EBI dairy cows are more fertile and consequently have greater longevity and milk production. Each €10 increase in EBI results in a 1% reduction in emissions, a reduction which is cumulative and permanent.

    For more information:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/news/2019/new-research-.php

    For more information go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/daily/dairy/improving-nitrogen-use-efficiency-nue-will-save-you-money.php

    Produced on behalf of Teagasc by LastCastMedia.com

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Establishing grass-white clover swards

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Establishing grass-white clover swards

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

    In this webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist is joined by Dr. Deirdre Hennessy to discuss the establishment of grass-white clover into our swards.

    Clover is an essential component to have on a farm. Clover offers us huge opportunities in reducing our fertiliser nitrogen and it also benefits us greatly in animal production. In Teagasc Moorepark, on average there has been 20 kilograms of milk solids produced per cow annually. Also, Clover increases herbage production up to 1.5 DM/ha.

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

    Maintaining grass growth at lower levels of chemical Nitrogen

    Maintaining grass growth at lower levels of chemical Nitrogen

    Deirdre Hennessy joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge podcast to give tips and advice on maintaining grass production whilst spreading lower levels of chemical Nitrogen.

    Deirdre firstly explains that farmers can expect lower grass production if they spread less chemical Nitrogen to the tune of 800-1,000 kg DM/ha.

    She recommends that farmers target spreading slurry in the spring using LESS techniques to increase the amount of N available.

    Furthermore, farmers should consider the inclusion of white clover to take advantage of the plants ability to fix Nitrogen in the soil. This allows the opportunity to reduce the rate of chemical Nitrogen application during the summer months, while maintaining grass production and has additional benefits of greater milk yield.

    For more information go to:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/news--events/daily/dairy/improving-nitrogen-use-efficiency-nue-will-save-you-money.php

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

    Produced on behalf of Teagasc by LastCastMedia.com

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Sexed Semen

    Let’s Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Sexed Semen

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

    In this webinar, Stuart Childs, Teagasc Dairy Specialist, gives advice on cows that are suitable for sexed semen and appropriate synchronisation protocols for both cows and heifers.

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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Aiden_C7 ,

A credit to Teagasc and the Irish dairy industry

An insightful podcast with a great range of topics.

Padjo4 ,

Great job!

A wide variety of topics covered in a very informative way!

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