Name: Aran Connell
Farm: Dairy farm, milking 140 Holstein Friesian’s in farm partnership with his father.
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Cow performance: 27litres/day, 4.10 butterfat, 3.4 protein, SCC 130
The Cows are back in milk this week due to stopping the buffer feeding, and hopefully they should pick up again over the coming week. Cows are on 4kgs of a 14% hi maize nut now.
There was one case of mastitis was found which brought the scc up a bit this week. We Managed to start some of the silage campaign this week. In the few dry days we got, we managed to cut all the cow paddocks that were taken out as surplus. We also cut another 6 acres of silage in the outfarm, though the ground is still very soft for silage making.
This weekend coming, if the weather predictions stay good, will see us cut the rest of the silage into the pit. it's starting to seed out, so the quality will be decreasing everyday from now on. We had alot of rain Sunday and Monday down here which will make ground very tender for cutting.
We Sat and rolled the arable silage ground last weekend aswell so that is another job ticked off the list. We also went to see the beet today and was glad to see that it's starting to peep up out of the ground. In two weeks time it will get its first spray for weeds.
We finished up AI in the cows and we are using 3 stock bulls now to mop up. Cows were bulling well the last 3 weeks, we give each bull one day on and rotate them every day. This is done so each bull has two days off.
Grass is flying on the grazing ground and will probably have to take more paddocks out for surplus silage if the weather stays fine.
Name Louise Crowley.
Age: 23 years old
Operation: Farm partnership with father in Tullovin, Croom, County Limerick.
Farm: 150 cows, 42 heifers and 40 yearling heifers.
Both the FR and HE bulls are still out with the cows day and night and the two Limousin bulls are still with our heifers.
All last year’s heifer calves were weighed to see how they were doing. Their weights are improving with some of them putting on 100kg in the past month. They are still being feed ration and palm kernel in troughs out in the paddocks.
Cows are still on 4kg of nuts in the parlour. The bulling heifers are following the milking cows to clean out the paddocks. The cows are milking well and we don’t want to force them to eat down the grass if they don’t want to.
The cow with meningitis had to be put down this week; she had gone backwards in the days beforehand.
The Cow’s milk yields have start to go back up this week. This is gladly welcomed and we presume is down to the copper boluses they were given last week starting to work. 6 more calves were sold in Kilmallock on Monday. Prices are poor with 3-week-old Angus heifer calves making €35-75. Hereford heifers made between €100-150 and Hereford bulls making €160-200.
Fertiliser was spread on the paddocks the cows have grazed during the weekend in anticipation of the rain that came on Sunday and Monday. Our new Krone 4 Rotor tedder was collected on Saturday, from T Gleeson Machinery in Nenagh. We also purchased a second hand Krone 30 foot rake from them.
The baler was serviced and its new knives put into it, in preparation for silage next week. The Massey Ferguson 398 was dropped to the mechanic for a service before silage starts.
There are still 14 calves in the shed left to be sold.
If the weather stays fine, we will probably knock our first bit of silage at the end of the week.The wrapper is still to be looked at and prepared for silage.
The Renault has still to be collected from Breens, in Cashel. The rake has to be collected from Gleesons, in Nenagh. The Massey Ferguson 398 must be collected from the local mechanic.
The farms herd test is also due to be completed either the coming week or the week after.