John Kingston’s farm and the challenges faced in 2013
A good example is John Kingston who milks 220 cows, mainly Jersey crosses, at his farm in Ballygaravan, Co. Cork. John is well known in the area as a former Dairygold Monitor Farmer. His dairy herd is a tightly stocked, spring calving to grass herd.  Like many others, the strongly depressed grass growth rates for most of the first half of 2013 caused problems for John and significantly increased his feed costs.......Read More

Dairygold’s commitment to innovation reflected in new dry cow diet....Sean O’Doherty  milks 50 spring calving pedigree Friesian cows with his father John at Araglin, in North Co Cork. No one will argue that 2012 was a more than challenging year for dairy farmers throughout the Munster area. However, it is now apparent that the application of timely and relevant management procedures has played a role in helping herdowners maintain yields while, at the same time ensuring that cows are in good condition in the run up to the 2013 calving season.......Read More

More milk per cow is the target for Macroom dairy farmer post 2015...Michael Looney milks 110 pedigree Holstein Friesian cows near Macroom in Co Cork. With April 2015 just two years away there is now growing evidence that large numbers of Dairygold suppliers have given serious consideration to their options, once milk quotas have been consigned to the history books....Read More

Improved dry cow management practices have tightened calving pattern....Denis O’Connor milks 65 spring calving cows on the family farm at Ballyhooleen, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork, which was passed onto him by his parents Patrick and Theresa.  The herd production average is 1,400 gallons at 4.01% fat and 3.53% protein.  Calving this year will get underway on January 24th.......Read More

Carey’s Herd - the calving period 2012.....Liam Carey farms in Hollyford in West Tipperary along with his wife Nora and son Matthew, in spring milk production, milking their Reagoulawn Pedigree Holstein Friesians. Over the last 3 years the Carey family report that they have transformed the fertility and calving performance of the herd by making key changes in their herd management plan.......Read More