Name: Aran Connell
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Enterprise: Dairy farm - milking 140 Holstein Friesians in partnership with his father.
Cow performance: 34-litres at 3.80% Butterfat and 3.46% Protein – SCC: 104
We had a deluge of rain last weekend and although I didn't measure it, there was definitely more than 29.1mm of rain reported at Cork Airport.
As a result, cows were housed for two nights and one day and there have been grazing full-time since Monday evening.
We have about seven days of first-round grass left to graze and we’re into our second rotation then.
While grass is growing, it is nothing substantial; cows will continue to receive a buffer feed until growth improves as covers on the second-round are quite low.
We are spreading a bag-and-a-half of 18.6.12 on paddocks. We pre-mowed the majority of the first-round grass; the silage ground is pushing on.
Breeding got underway fourteen days ago and sixty cows have been served to date. They all showed strong heats and we AI’d them ourselves.
Heifers will be AI’d from Monday onwards; we aim to synch these in order to have them all served within a three-week period.
We will be using tail paint and scratch cards for heat detection purposes.
The beet stubble was ploughed before the rain and we were going to push to sow it but we're glad we didn't because of the adverse weather conditions.
We plan to undertake this task next week. We didn't manage to cut any of the silage either and after the rain, it is not lodged so must try to cut some of that.
The Board of Aurivo has held its price for March milk at 31.9c/L which is inclusive of an unconditional early calving bonus of 1.4c/L.
“Market conditions are stable and Aurivo will closely monitor supply and demand in the coming months and pay a competitive milk price in relation to market conditions.”
Glanbia will pay member milk suppliers 30.5c/L (including VAT) for March manufacturing milk supplies at 3.6% butterfat and 3.3% protein.
It will pay a base milk price for March of 30c/L including VAT, for manufacturing milk at 3.6% fat and 3.3% protein."The interim market payment of 1c/L that was paid by Glanbia Ireland on January and February milk supplies will not be paid for March."
It has decided to make a support payment to its members of 0.5/L (including V.A.T).
This processor will pay its member 31c/L including VAT. The price return (including V.A.T.) and bonuses amounts to 33.34c/L.
Lakeland will pay its suppliers 31.56c/L (including VAT) and a lactose bonus.
Global Dairy Trade Event 234 concluded with the GDT Price Index up 0.5%
- AMF index up 4.2% - average price US$6,126/MT;
- Butter index up 3.5% - average price US$5,544/MT;
- BMP not offered;
- Ched index up 1.4% - average price US$4,319/MT;
- LAC index down 3.4% - average price US$912/MT;
- RenCas index down 2.4% - average price US$6,460/MT;
- SMP index up 0.2% - average price US$2,462/MT;
- SWP index not available - average price not available;
- WMP index down 0.7% - average price US$3,269/MT.