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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.

The Dairy Edge Teagasc

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    • 4.6, 43 Ratings

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.

    Nutrition for peak milk production

    Nutrition for peak milk production

    Dairy specialist Joe Patton joins Emma-Louise Coffey on the latest Dairy Edge to discuss the nutrition requirements of dairy cows at peak milk production.

    • 28 min
    Let's Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Protected Urea & Weaning Calves

    Let's Talk Dairy Bonus Episode: Protected Urea & Weaning Calves

    • 33 min
    Minimising the spread of mastitis in mid-lactation

    Minimising the spread of mastitis in mid-lactation

    Milk quality specialist Don Crowley joins Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss how to minimise the spread of mastitis in mid-lactation.

    • 19 min
    The Dairy sector response to COVID-19

    The Dairy sector response to COVID-19

    Teagasc's Chief Economist Kevin Hanrahan joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week's Dairy Edge to discuss how Covid-19 is impacting on the Irish Dairy Sector.

    • 25 min
    Why Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are important for dairy farms

    Why Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are important for dairy farms

    Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on dairy farms are as important as ever during the Covid-19 crisis and on this week’s Dairy Edge, Teagasc Specialist Francis Quigley, joins Emma-Louise Coffey to discuss their role and importance.
     
    Francis explains that many farmers already have informal SOPs such as a whiteboard in the milking parlour with a list of cows not going into the tank due to antibiotic treatment.
     
    Francis recommends that farmers should create a one page instruction for standard tasks to ensure if, for whatever reason, you cannot be on the farm yourself. 
     
    A good starting point is a sample SOP on the Teagasc webpage and alter this to suit your own system.
     
    Francis also suggests drawing up a list of relevant people who should be on a contact list, namely a family member, the vet, milk machine technician, milk lorry driver, co-op milk advisor, AI technician and merchants.
     
    For more information:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/sops/
     For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast go to the show page at:
     https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/ 

    • 21 min
    Updates to the EBI including sire selection for heifers

    Updates to the EBI including sire selection for heifers

    Geneticist Siobhan Ring joins Emma-Louise Coffey on this week’s Dairy Edge to discuss updates to the Economic Breeding Index including the new calving difficulty tool for heifers.
     
    Firstly, Siobhan explains the new tool to help farmers make an informed decision to select appropriate sire for heifers. Going forwards, sire will be identified as low, moderate or high risk for heifers. Traditionally, calving difficulty did not differentiate between cows and heifers. 
     
    Siobhan also reviewed the changes to the maintenance sub-index. Previously, maintenance was calculated based on cull cow records from the factory with a maintenance figure of €0 accounting for a 605 kg cow and a maintenance figure of €20 accounting for a 550 kg cow. 
     
    The new maintenance is calculated using lactating cow live weights, maintenance figure of €0 accounting for a 644 kg cow and a maintenance figure of €20 accounting for a 559 kg cow.
     
    Genomic bulls remain consistently higher on the Active Bull List compared with daughter proven bulls and Siobhan reminds us on the importance of using a genomic bull team equally.
     
    Finally, Siobhan reviewed the Dairy Beef Index. She reassures us that DBI bulls are short gestation, easy calving, whilst also having improved carcass merit and conformation. Siobhan explains that DBI bulls should be targeted at lower EBI and problem cows such as high SCC and lame cows.
    For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast go to the show page at:
    https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/ 

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Aiden_C7 ,

A credit to Teagasc and the Irish dairy industry

An insightful podcast with a great range of topics.

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Great job!

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

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