Name: Christy McCarthy
Location: Shanaway East, Balineen, Co. Cork.
Enterprise Details: 55 cows (35 Ped Holsteins and 25 pedigree Jerseys) on 60-acres.
The heifer that was slaughtered in the factory last week came into €850 – which isn’t too bad considering the current climate of the day.
We may take this route with our cull cows in the future as we sell all of them at the mart due to space constraints.
Two nice Holstein heifer calves were born this week to some of our highest-yielding cows; the new arrivals are both sired by Popeye.
The cows went turned out once this week, that being Wednesday, as ground conditions are not favourable; we have had plenty of since Friday, but had no snow, unlike some parts of the country.
I have reviewed the weather forecast, with current indications suggesting that cows will be remaining indoors for the foreseeable future.
With pens starting to fill up with calves, we hope to offload a number of these next weeks as they are of good strength – fingers crossed that we get a good price.
Name: Aran Connell
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Enterprise: Dairy farm - milking 140 Holstein Friesians in farm partnership with his father.
Performance: 36-litres at 4.56% Butterfat and 3.35% Protein.
Cows are still indoors full-time; we were very tempted to let them out last week as the ground was drying nicely but the long-range forecast was predicting a lot of rain, so we made a decision to keep them housed.
We had a special arrival last week; one of our pedigree Jersey heifers had a heifer calf.
We blanket spread the entire farm with a bag of urea/acre including silage ground last week.We’ve never seen so much grass about this time of year; we plan to cut silage the end of April/start of May. Once paddocks are grazed, we will spread slurry at a rate of 2000-gallons/acre.
A student from a local Agricultural college will undertake placement on our enterprise for an eight-week period; it will be a learning experience for us all.
Jobs on the agenda for the next while include fencing, getting ready to let cattle out in the coming weeks, de-horning calves and cleaning out the calving sheds and houses.