Name: Patrick Mc Carthy
Farm: Milking 49 crossbred Jersey herd
Location: Ballydehob, Co. Cork.
Performance 18/01/18: Butterfat 4.42%, Protein 3.84%, SCC 179.
This Week -
Cows have nearly grazed out the first paddock of 2019.
I am very happy with the post-grazing cover. Cows are very happy and relaxed in the parlour due to Once A Day (OAD) milking. I am happy enough with milk soilds at the moment.
The SCC is 179 which is a bit high, so I will do my first milk recording this week to identify the problem cows. Calving is going well with 25 cows calved out of 48. So far, I have 16 replacement heifer calves, which I'm very happy with.
The Week Ahead -
Once the weather settles later in the week, I'm hoping to go out with UREA at a rate of 1 bag/acre. I am also going to sell a few calves in the mart on Friday.
Name: Aran Connell
Farm: Dairy farm, milking 140 Holstein Friesian’s in farm partnership with his father.
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Performance: 25-litres per cow, at 4.78% Butterfat and 3.66% Protein. SCC - 150.
This Week -
Milk figures will be a tad all over the place for the next 2 to 3 weeks, as stale cows are dried off and fresh cows get properly going.
Calving started 4 days ago and is ticking over nicely with an average of 6 or 7 calved a day. Cows are put into a grouped straw pen around 5 days before they calve. They are fed a slightly watered down milkers diet to help build them up. Once they calve, they get a heavy feed in the diet feeder. Once cows calve, they get a bottle of calcium and a dose for fluke. We have had big issues with milk fever in the past, so this year we are taking no chances with it.
We got some slurry out, but with the recent rain we have had to stop again. We have a lot of silage ground to cover with slurry, so we'll try to do a bit everytime the weather allows. I see a lot of farmers have spread urea on grazing ground. We didn't bother with it yet, as grass covers are very high anyway. We will put most of a bag per acre of urea out, once the weather improves and cows might go out. We're in no panic to try to get cows out until the weather improves.
Coming up this week -
Next week more slurry to get out and the calving will keep us going for most days at the minute.
Name: Christy McCarthy
Farm: 55 cows (35 Ped Holsteins and 25 Ped Jersey) on 60-acres.
Location: Shanaway East, Balineen Co. Cork.
Performance: Fat 4.33%, Protein 3.42%, Lactose 4.71%, SCC - 95, Avg SCC - 111.
This Week -
I am back again this week after completing the AI course in Kildare, which is well worth your while and traveling as it’s a skill very useful on any farm.
Cows are calving away at the moment, with two last week and one this morning who happens to be the Clonakilty show champion Jersey 2017 with a heifer calf by yegabomb. The other two cows had an AA bull and a supershot stock bull heifer, so we are very pleased with the calves we are getting at the moment
The IHFA (Irish Holstein Friesian Association) came out to the farm on Friday to do type classifing with 10 cows up for inspiration. I was was more than happy with what I got, which was 1Ex 7 VG and 2 GP. Classifying and milk recording are one of the two most important tools.
I was on the farm to pick which cows get dairy bulls and what get beef. The classifying is where the cows are scored on legs/feet, udder, chest weight and dairy strengths. Scores range from 65, which is poor, right up EX97, with only one cow ever in Ireland goin EX97 “Moralta inspiration Fame”. Cows can only score so high.
This week we also put in a new bulk tank in the dairy which has increased our milk hold to 5300 litres. She is auto-wash and can send me a text to my phone if anything is wrong with the tank
Milk Price Updates -
LacPatrick has recently announced the base milk price it will pay for December supplies. They will hold their prices at 31.75c/litre, with ROI suppliers given a 1.5c/l winter bonus.