Name: Aran Connell
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Enterprise: Dairy farm - milking 140 Holstein Friesians in partnership with his father.
Performance: 37-litres at 4.20% Butterfat and 3.19% Protein – SCC: 168
Cows were turned out to pasture for the first time this year yesterday (Tuesday).
Milk protein percentages have slipped back so we are hoping that grass intake will increase this; we are expecting milk yield to drop a little also.
Cows will be kept in by night for the rest of March. Ground conditions are ok but we are using strip wires and not letting them walk over what has already been grazed.
Grass covers, in general, are very high which will be hard to get good cleanouts at grazing.
Once paddocks are grazed, we will be applying 2500-gallons of slurry/acre; all land has received 46 units of nitrogen already.
We cleaned out calf sheds and calving houses this week. On the calving side of things, we have thirty left to calve; this will drag into April unfortunately.
Some of the calves are now been weaned off milk replacer.
More fencing to do this and next week along with possibly letting out weanlings on outside blocks. We're also continuing farm roadway repairs.