Dairy Update: Slaughtering an empty heifer and calving continues


Cows are going out today, as the last few days were dry, meaning that ground conditions are proving favourable, writes Christy McCarthy.

Dairy Update: Slaughtering an empty heifer and calving continues

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Cows are going out today, as the last few days were dry, meaning that ground conditions are proving favourable, writes Christy McCarthy.

Name: Christy McCarthy

Farm: 55 cows (35 Ped Holsteins and 25 pedigree Jerseys) on 60-acres.

Location: Shanaway East, Balineen Co. Cork.

Performance: Fat – 3.98%, Protein – 3.47%, Lactose - 4.84%, Avg. SCC – 125.

One of our cows calved this week, with our beef herd starting and finishing on Monday with Princess – our only beef cow calving down. She had a Belgian Blue heifer calf which we may retain as a replacement.

We send one empty heifer to the factory; we have never sent a non-calve heifer straight to the factory before so it will be interesting to see what comes back. There’s no point carrying passengers!
Cows are going out today, as the last few days were dry, meaning that ground conditions are proving favourable.

We hope to have them out more frequently, so let’s hope the weather continues to work in our favour.

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