Name: Aran Connell
Farm: Dairy farm, milking 140 Holstein Friesian’s in farm partnership with his father.
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Cow performance: 32 litres/day, 4.50 butterfat, 3.40 protein, SCC 97, Feed - 4kgs of 14% ration in parlour, 4kgs of distillers grains and 1kg of maize meal in buffer feed,
Had a mixed week weather wise but ground conditions are improving rather then getting worse, grass has started really growing now and we're seeing a great response to the 18,6,12 we are putting out.
120 cows have now been served to date so next week we will put out a Hereford and Angus stock bull and rotate them for the coming weeks. We had a case of red water fever in one of the milkers this week, some of the rented land is plagued for red water, but we always watch out for it. This year it has appeared earlier than normal though.
The Week ahead:
We are going to put on the mower today, as we have about 15 acres of surplus grass to bale, with good weather forecast for the rest of the week.
We will also be getting the arable silage field ready for sowing. The land level and one pass with the power harrow and seeder should do the trick. We are sowing a fast growing Italian grass mixed in with 8 stone/acre barley, to help bulk up the crop. The grasseed will only last 2 to 3 years and be cut four times yearly, but it will be ploughed again in two years for beet.
The main crop of silage will be cut in the next two weeks weather dependant,
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.
Performance - Butterfat: 4.00, Protein: 3.49, SCC: 317, Lactose: 4.81, Cows are doing approx. 24 litres/day at the moment.
The last bunch of Friesian heifer calves were weaned and moved out of the calf shed on Friday.
Spraying of some paddocks for weeds was also carried out but was dependent on weather conditions. We currently now have both the FR and HE bulls out with the cow’s day and night. The two LM bulls are still with our heifers.
We added another 6 of last year’s calves to the “to be bulled” group. They had finally reached their weights. All last year’s heifer calves were weighed to see how they were doing. They are still being fed ration and palm kernel in troughs out in the paddocks and cows are still on 4kg of nuts in the parlour.
We had the vet out to a cow with Meningitis last Sunday morning. We are still watching her, she has been up and down all week. We also had a cow come in with Pneumonia during the week also. She is improving though.
Cow’s milk yields dropped rapidly this week. Their bloods came back and it showed they were very low in copper. So, on Friday evening we bloused all the cows and heifers with 2 Copasure boluses. Hopefully this will correct the problem.
Two more cows were sold on Monday in Kilmallock. They weighed 500kg and 565kg. They made €550 and €700. Rolling is being continued on some paddocks that the cows had damaged in the weather weeks.
The Week ahead:
There are still 20 calves in the shed left to be sold.
We will be keeping an eye on our silage ground. We are hoping that if the current growth rates continue, that we might have grass ready for silage by the end of May.
Spraying of under the wires in the farm is to be continued. Silage gear (baler, wrapper) are to be looked at and got ready for silage. We are still awaiting on new knives to come in for the baler.
Hopefully the Renault and tedder will be ready to collect this week.
Name: Brian Galvin
Farm: Farming with parents in Kilbrittain West Cork
Operation: Milking 100 Holstein cows
Performance: averaged 703 milk solids last year
It has been a busy two weeks with slurry moving out to maize ground as well as preparing the ground.
We sowed the maize this week and we used P8200 maize seed under plastic. We also mowed silage on Monday and will be picking up tomorrow Wednesday. There are 38 cows out grazing, we split the herd last week into low yielders and high. Anything doing under 35 litres are out grazing and on a buffer mix ,while high yielders are inside on zero grazed grass and a diet feed by night. Cows in total averaged around 42 litres all the time.
We sold bulling heifers on Monday in Bandon mart as well as what bull Calves were left to sell.
The Week ahead:
In the coming week we will be concentrating on getting fertiliser and slurry out onto the silage ground and towards the end of the week, we will be doing a good bit of fencing on the ground for young stock. We will also be selling 20 pedigree registered Holstein Friesian Calves in a special sale in Bandon mart Monday.
GDT Auction results May 14th:
AMF index up 5.8%,
Butter index up 2.4%
BMP not offered
Ched index up 4.4%
LAC index down 3.5%
RenCas index down 6.1%
SMP index up 3.0%
SWP index not available, average price not available
WMP index up 0.2%