My Farming Week: Micheál O’Mahony, Bandon, Co Cork
Kelsey Daly
Michaél O’Mahony runs Tony O’Mahony Agri Plant & Haulage with his father Tony and two brothers.
Five tips for farm safety at silage time
Fieldwork is reaching peak levels and with the aim to get silage in as quickly as possible in dry conditions, safety can be overlooked.
Fertilising grazing swards during peak growth - hold off or crack on?
Grass growth should hit peak levels during the second half of May and with surplus grazing emerging, some farmers will query whether fertiliser is needed or not.
Five steps to prepare for first cut silage
Drier conditions are forecast for the week ahead, which will see more farmers attempt to harvest first cut. Before then, make sure you have the pit ready for grass.
13 May 2023 Management
Farmer Writes: rethinking our silage strategy
The current plan is to try and get a first cut of mainly hay in June, if possible.
10 May 2023 Farmer Writes
Focusing on sward quality during May
As grass growth increases in May, maintaining sward quality in front of cattle becomes much more difficult.
2 May 2023 Management
Winter lingers on in Leitrim
Shane Dobson attended a Teagasc farm walk in Co Leitrim last week to hear how Carrigallen man Niall Patterson is dealing with the current conditions.
26 April 2023 Breeding & health
Is your baler in check and up to spec?
In order to minimise downtime this silage season, Gary Abbott looks at some of the key points and areas to consider from a maintenance perspective when it comes to combination balers.
19 April 2023 Contracting
Farm costs rising as bad weather takes toll
The Irish Farmers Journal livestock team examines just how much the poor spring is costing on farms nationwide.
13 April 2023 News
Five tips for closing off silage ground
Where farmers intend closing off silage ground in the next fortnight, outlined are some tips to consider when completing the task.
1 April 2023 Management
Grass, but not as we know it - silage explained
There are three key factors to making good-quality silage. Professor Tommy Boland from University College Dublin’s School of Agriculture explains what they are.
22 February 2023 Winter Feed
Five steps to carrying out a mid-winter fodder budget
A fodder budget is recommended in mid-winter to determine if there is enough silage in reserve to last until turnout.
1 January 2023 Management