Name: Brian Galvin
Farm: Farming with parents in Kilbrittain west cork
Operation: Milking 100 Holstein cows
Performance: averaged 703 milk solids last year
Last Week: Last week, we got a bit of slurry out, though not as much as we would have liked. But made the pits comfortable again. Our AI started Saturday evening with 12 cows bulled since. Our aim for this year’s bulling season, is to tighten up the season. We hope to do this by synchronising, if we have to, towards the end of the season or if we have lulls in the breeding season.
This is also our second year using teaser bulls for heat detection. Last year was a huge success with the teaser bulls as we had 0% empty. The help of Dr Dan Ryan and pre-scanning gives us a chance to attend to cows with certain problems.
The week ahead: This week’s plan is to try and go at slurry again, transport out dung to maize ground and move weaned Calves to an outside shed. I was hoping to start the zero grazing but the weather is in opposition to that plan!
We will also this week, be putting sugar beet into a clamp mixed with maize and beet pulp for summer buffer feeding.
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.
Education: Advanced Dairy Herd Management Certificate from Pallaskenry Agricultural College and currently completing a BSc in Agriculture in the Cork Institute of Technology
On Monday 11 calves were taken to Kilmallock Mart. These were 2 AAX bulls (€110, €110), 4 FR bulls (€35, €40, €90, €90) 3 HEX heifers (€125, €125, €220), and 2 HEX bulls (€255, €290). There were close to a 1000 calves in Kilmallock on Monday with the general price of calves being very poor.
Grass growth looks to have started to occur a little bit over the last two days, but nothing considerable, paddocks are only looking a little less yellow. One of the two Limousine bulls has been pulled from the heifers. The other will be pulled at the end of the week.Two loads of bales were purchased at the weekend, and another load will be purchased the coming Friday. The bales are costing €25 a bale, and are local. No slurry has been spread as ground conditions still aren’t suitable.
Performance-wise, Cows are milking approx. 19.69 litres/day. They are on 5kg of 16% dairy nuts, and 4kg of palm kernel. The somatic cell count is running at 173. The butterfat was 4.65, and the protein 3.48. Grass is really needed in the diet.
The Coming Week
The last of our second cut bales from the out farm will have to be drawn back to the home farm. Dry cows that are coming into springing, have to be separated from the main dry herd and moved into the milking herd. These are marked with tape before entering the herd. Five calves from our winter milkers are being TB tested with hope for sale next week.
Enquiries are also to be made regarding the purchase of a foot bath this week and weighing scales for the cattle. Some of the Friesian heifer calf replacements are due for dehorning also.
Bad news on the mil price front, as three of Ireland's major processors, have announced they will pay less for February supplies. Kerry Group were one who dropped the price they will pay suppliers, down by 2cents per litre to 34cents per litre including VAT. Glanbia also announced lower prices and will pay 32cents per litre for February supplies, including VAT.
The final processor to follow suit was Lakeland Dairies, with them now paying 34cents per litre, including lactose bonus. This represents a decrease of 1 cents per litre.