recently launched an exhibition and a publication highlighting the
wide variety of projects being undertaken under his Department's EIP/
locally-led schemes in Ireland.
The launch was designed to showcase the innovation being
undertaken in the 23 selected schemes across the country. The
Department (DAFM) is now investing 59m in 23 of these new types
of schemes. Speaking at the launch, Minister Creed said: "We are
committed to building a sustainable agricultural system that respects
the environment. The agriculture sector is determined to play its part
in responding to the challenges before us on climate, water quality
and biodiversity. We are investing 59m in these locally-led schemes
to achieve these goals at a local level by stimulating and developing
innovative new approaches to tackling environmental challenges
in a targeted way. This targeted approach to specific challenges in
specific areas can complement our larger national agri-environmental
The exhibition highlights the varied works undertaken by the EIP
Project groups including projects on biodiversity, organic production,
pollinators, water quality, flood management, soils, farming in
an archaeological landscape and targeting unutilised agricultural
biomass. The exhibition is open to the public to visit before going
nationwide to other DAFM o ces for display there. Following its
display in Dublin, the exhibition will be moving to the Department's
o ce in Johnstown Castle Estate in Wexford. Concluding the Minister
said: "The benefits of locally-led schemes are obvious and it starts
at the design stage. This is when farmers, researchers, scientists and
advisors come together in Operational Groups to address a specific
local environmental issue. The final 23 selected projects are of the
highest quality and came through a rigorous selection process. Now
that they are up and running, we want to bring their innovation to a
wider audience. There is no doubt that lessons learned here will have
wider application, not least in the design of the next CAP".
with Grass Supply
attention turns to breeding cows to calve in the
spring of 2020. Silage also comes into focus, as
we now have the opportunity to fill the pits that
were depleted over the last few months.
Additionally, when we begin to concentrate on
tasks like milking, breeding, cutting silage and
slurry, we have less time for things like feeding.
This is generally the time when the growth rate
increases dramatically, which is linked to the
longer days of summer and, hopefully, normal
amounts of sunshine. We also hear calls to cut
the meal and get as much grass into our cows
as possible. These are all important points to
consider -- but, instead of taking a blanket
approach, decisions should be made based on
what is suitable for each farm.
There are two questions you must ask yourself:
questions, you will not be able to make
the right decision about supplementation.
Remember: what you have done in the past
might not be applicable anymore, as stock
numbers have increased. Paddock size is
currently a major issue for many farms, since
it has stayed the same as the number of cows
has increased, a ecting production, cow
condition and fertility.
Put simply, we should aim for 1.5 kilograms
(kg) of milk for every kg of dry matter intake
(DMI); for a cow milking 27 kg, for example, we
should target 18 kg DMI, and so on. We should
also remember the higher-yielding cows --
particularly the top 20 percent. Following these
guidelines throughout May will put us on the
between the usual average milk yield and
the top 20 per cent.
at 0.11 kg/kg milk. Beyond this, consider
utilizing a forage.
and add a forage when wet weather is pro-