Name: Aran Connell
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Enterprise: Dairy farm - milking 140 Holstein Friesians in partnership with his father.
Cow performance: 35-litres at 4.10 Butterfat and 3.46% Protein – SCC: 84
Milk solids are still increasing at a slow rate; grass covers are still very high. Cows are still on a buffer feed and this will be continued for the entire month.
We baled 10-acres of cow paddocks last week with the fine weather and got five bales to the acre.
Grass re-growths are slow with a growth rate of 24 over the last few days with the cold weather.The second round of fertiliser is underway with paddocks receiving a bag-and-a-half of 18.6.12 with sulphur.
All breeding heifers are now out on grass along with all the drystock on out farms; calves are out by day on the small paddock which is located near the calf shed and they will be moved to the out-farm within the next fortnight.
We sold more weanlings at the mart last Friday; there was a very strong trade for Hereford and Angus weanlings.Angus-types averaged 366kgs and made €790/head while the Herefords pushed up to €760/head – very strong prices considering the current climate.
Looking ahead to next week, we hope to spread slurry on the beet ground and will plough it and prepare for this year’s crop of beef.
Silage may be on the cards, if the weather allows.We have a hybrid Italian grass in one field which we plan to cut four-five times this year for the milking cow’s diet next spring.
The breeding season is just around the corner and we have most of the bulls picked – the majority of which are available from Munster AI and are from the production plus and production and type pack.
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