Dairy Update: Grass growth improves, making silage and weaning calves


AI’ing up to five cows per day, dropping buffer feed from diets, starting rotations and more!

Dairy Update: Grass growth improves, making silage and weaning calves

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AI’ing up to five cows per day, dropping buffer feed from diets, starting rotations and more!

Name: Aran Connell

Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.

Enterprise: Dairy farm - milking 140 Holstein Friesians in partnership with his father.

Cow performance: 30-litres at 4.20% Butterfat and 3.455% Protein – SCC: 99

Promising weather conditions allowed us to make our way through our to-do list this week.

Grass growth has improved over the last week, which has resulted in the removal of buffer feed from the cow’s diets; I believe that this has resulted in yield dropping slightly; however, milk solids have increased. Cows are still being fed 4.5kgs of ration in the parlour.

We started the rotation last Tuesday; they are currently in covers of 1000-1100.

AI is going well, with up to five cows being served daily. Heifers are slower to come into heat – up to two per day. We will keep a close eye on the replacement over the next week to see if this improves.

We cut and baled silage this week, with a yield of eight bales/acre.

Slurry was applied after and we spread fertiliser on Wednesday, so it should be ready for silage in 5 weeks’ time; the bulk of the first cut will be taken around May 10th.

We obtained a number of loads of beet this week. We're going to ensile this along with 60-tonnes or so of Eornagold distillers, moist grains and soya hulls. We find this a great mix for feeding out to cows at the shoulders of the year.

Some more calves are weaned so must be brought out to the outside block as well.

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