Name: Louise Crowley
Age: 23 years old
Operation: Farm partnership with father in Tullovin, Croom, County Limerick.
Farm: 150 cows, 42 heifers and 40 yearling heifers.
Production: Butterfat: 3.73, Protein: 3.33, SCC: 324, Lactose: 4.75, Cows are doing approx. 23 litres/day at the moment.
This Week -
We had another paddock taken out of the rotation on Sunday and it was baled today. We got 34 bales out of the 6 acres.
Another 50 bales were gathered from a neighbour, with paddocks gone too strong also. These were €10 a bale.
All bulls are still out with both cows and heifers. The FR and HE were switched to the heifers and the two LM’s were put with the cows on Saturday. Our herd test was on Saturday and Tuesday morning. We got the all clear and had no suspect cows.
Cows are still on 4kg of nuts in the parlour and no calves sold this week. All cows were dosed with Eprizero Pour-On on Saturday. Heifers all got Bimection Pour-On and this year’s calves got Cydectin Pour-On. Some of the heifers had sore eyes, so we gave them a Ubro Yellow tube into the eye to help clear it up.
We have started drawing slurry to the farm in Meanus. There is 60 acres to be spread in total. I am doing it myself this week with our own 2500g Hispec tank. Hopefully, once the contractor’s first cuts are done they will fall in with their own tank.
Week Ahead -
The out farm in Meanus is to be spread with slurry and fertiliser.
Another paddock may have to be taken out of the rotation for bales as well, while the Heifers with sore eyes must be checked again.
Yearlings and calves are due to be weighed again also.
Name: Patrick Mc Carthy
Farm: Milking 40 crossbred Jersey herd
Performace: Butterfat 4.21 , Protein 3.60 cows doing 20.4 Litres. Kgs/Ms/Cow = 1.65
This Week -
We finally started cutting some of our silage on Friday 9th June, with 1.9 hectares cut and 53 bales gained. On Thursday 7th June we scanned all the cows and heifers and out of 40 cows, 28 cows are in-calf and out of 17 heifers 9 are in-calf.
Cow Performance has dropped a bit and that's down to me not moving fast enough when the burst of growth came. Grass quality took a hit which also hit cow performance. I also think the heat has affected them a bit as cows are lying down more.
Four cows showed up as not cycling so I got the vet to put coils in them the next day after the scanning. I put all the scanning results into Herdplus and the expected calving dates for 2019 are as follows. 27 will calf in January and 10 will calfFebruaryuary so 37 so far in-calf. My target for next year is around 50 cows.
On Monday 11th June I cut 1.04 hectares and I have a few more paddocks to cut. We are just watching to see will the weather stay good, as we are supposed to get rain on Wednesday.
I am also hoping to get out more slurry on silage ground, weather permitting. I must do another grass budget and set out a plan. I must also catch up on spreading fertiliser and go out with 35 units/acre of Sulphur CAN.
I am going to keep the focus on getting those 4 cows served as soon as possible and when the rest of the cows go over the 27 days il scan them and see where I stand.
Milk Price Updates -
Glanbia have announced their milk price for May. They will pay their member milk suppliers 30c/L including VAT for May milk supplies at 3.6% butterfat and 3.3% protein. Lakeland Dairies have also announced their milk price for May supplies. They say they are holding the base milk price at 31.78c/L including VAT.