Tipperary farmers urged to be prepared for busy calving season

Tipperary farmers urged to be prepared for busy calving season

As we all prepare for a busy calving season FRS have positions available for experienced milkers and general farm workers to meet the seasonal demand.

Many farmers are opting to support their workload by getting general farm, calving and calf rearing help in as well as relief milking.

The Herdwatch App is also saving farmers a lot of time and helping them to register their calf in 30 seconds as they tag through their smartphone.

Now is the time to do a pre-calving walk-through of your pens, chutes and calving pens.

All equipment and calving areas should be clean and ready to use.

It is always better to prepare these items in the light of day rather than scrambling to make them right at night when the first calf in on its way.

Calving Supplies list:

- disposable obstetrical sleeves

- calving jack

- injectable antibiotics

- lubricant and disinfectant

- flashlights

- old towels

- bucket of non-detergent soap

- warm water

If possible, make up a portable kit so you can quickly move your supplies to wherever your cow is calving.

Taking the hassle out of registering your calves

Farmers will be all too familiar with the compliance requirements around calving, such as the necessity to tag and register calves within 27 days of their birth.

This can be done in seconds and on the go with the Herdwatch App.

Before Herdwatch, there were only two ways of registering calves compliantly: by post or by computer, and that usually meant working late at night. Now you can forget about the paperwork or switching on your computer when you come home off the farm.

With Herdwatch, you can register your calves in 30 seconds from your smartphone as you tag.

Unlike with postal calf registration, you do not have to pay for stamps and ink, and you get immediate feedback from the Department, which means most inconsistencies or data entry errors can be picked up and corrected immediately, rather than having to wait three or four days to find out in the post.

Only 37 per cent of calves registered in 2017 were done so through the traditional postal method and with an increase of 4 per cent in online calf registration 63 per cent of calves are now registered online.

To find out more and to get going on Herdwatch before the busy period starts visit

Contact your local Farm Relief Services at Parkmore Carrigeen Ind Est, Roscrea, ph: 0505-21166; or Cahir at 052-7441598 or log on to or

To apply for any of the positions available with FRS, log on to

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