As you can imagine on this week’s Dairy update, the emphasis is firmly on silage. Read how this week went below!
Age: 23 years old
Operation: Farm partnership with father in Tullovin, Croom, County Limerick.
Farm: 150 cows, 42 heifers and 40 yearling heifers.
Production: Butterfat: 4.05, Protein: 3.49, SCC: 270, Lactose: 4.79, Cows are doing approx.25 litres/day at the moment.
On the Farm This Week
All bulls are still out with both cows and heifers.
As well as that, all last year’s heifer calves were weighed to see how they were doing. Their weights are improving with some of them putting on 5kg in the past 2 weeks.
They are still being fed ration out in the paddocks too and the Cows are still on 4kg of nuts in the parlour. We had no calves sold this week as our focus is on silage. Twelve acres were cut in total and baled last weekend. We got 150 bales from this cut.
The tedder and rake got their first few days out this week too. We are currently baling 20 acres of silage today, with more being cut this morning and more tonight. All silage taken will be in bale form.
Some paddocks were sprayed for weeds yesterday evening. I was working 2 days this week drawing silage for Declan McEnery in Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, so it has been all about silage this week.
The Coming Week
There is still 40 acres of silage to be cut and baled on the out farm. These bales, plus bales made today, will have to be drawn home.
The farms herd test is also due to be completed either the coming week or the week after.