Michael and Christine Callan milk 450 predominately spring-calving Friesian cows as part of a grass-based system in Paughanstown, Dunleer, Co. Louth.
They purchased 6 A4 robots in November 2016 and started milking in January 2017.
The Callans have pushed the herd performance forward over the last two years. Milk solids have improved by 71kg per cow (from 485ks) and SCC has reduced from 209,000 to 125,000; it is now at 60,000 cells per ml.
Cows are stocked at 5LU per hectare and the farm delivered 556kg milk solids per cow last year; they are grazing 1,400kg covers, averaging 28-litres of milk on 2.2 milkings per day. Proteins are running at 3.56% with a butterfat content of 3.97%.
"The reduction in labour has allowed us to get rid of 2 full-time milkers so we’re happy with the robots,” explained Michael.
An open day will take place on the farm on Tuesday, May 28th from 12pm-4pm - Call Niall McGauran - 086-4178424 - for further details.
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