‘Cows have been off meal for 13 weeks’


'My target was to cut out meal from May to the end of July'

‘Cows have been off meal for 13 weeks’

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'My target was to cut out meal from May to the end of July'

Name: Patrick Mc Carthy

Age: 36-years-old

Farm: Milking 48 cross-bred Jersey cows

It has been an exceptional year for grass growth, and I took full advantage of this by cutting out meal in early May.

My target was to try and cut out meal from May to the end of July and I have achieved that. Cows have been off meal for 13 weeks; I am always looking to lower my cost of production and produce milk from grass alone.

As of Wednesday, August 7th, cows have been put back on 3kgs of a two-way mix, which consists of maize and distillers.

Growth has kicked off over the 2-3-weeks, but I decided to re-introduce meal as I'm a little bit tight in grass and want to slow down the cows a bit.

Also, it is nearly that time of the year where I will have to slow down the rotation and build up the average farm cover for the autumn, so I can justify feeding meal again.

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