AI course through Macra, Volumes of milk increase but protein levels decline, drying off cows, dosing, clipping lice treatment, nutrition, milk price updates, GDT auction results and more.
Name: Aran Connell
Farm: Dairy farm, milking 140 Holstein Friesian’s in farm partnership with his father.
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Performance: 16.8 litres at 4.87% Butterfat, 3.76% Protein and a SCC of 130.
This Week -
With Christmas soon upon us, the farm is relatively quiet.
All stock have been clipped dosed and got lice treatment. We will milk 60 cows during the Christmas and the first of the spring herd will be calving from the 10th of Jan onwards. We'll then dry off cows as more calve.
On the dry stock side, we're sending away batches of AA heifers to the factory every two weeks. We haven't got the weights back yet though, so maybe in the next update I'll have prices. The final checks will be done on getting ready for the busy calving season over the Christmas period. With the new calving shed completed, life should be easier this spring.
Silage stocks are looking promising as we're still on baled silage until, more than likely, the middle of January when the main pit will be opened.
The Week Ahead -
We have about an acre and a half of beet left to pull, but with the weather being so bad it will probably be into the new year before we can even think about harvesting it. However, we have enough pulled and in the yard until the end of January anyway.
Finally, I'd like to wish all readers and the ThatsFarming staff a happy Christmas and new year and we'll be back after Christmas.
Name: Christy McCarthy
Farm: 55 cows (35 Ped Holsteins and 25 Ped Jersey) on 60-acres.
Location: Shanaway East, Balineen Co. Cork.
Performance: Fat 4.16, Protein 3.38, Lactose 4.65, SCC-18, Avg SCC 157.
This Week -
The reason for no update last week, was because I was on the Kildare/Wicklow border doing the AI course though Macra. I had a great time and we will be going up again in January to finish off the course.
On the cow side of things, volume has gone up but protein has gone down. I am hoping now with a few Jersey cows calving in January it will recover again. The silage quality isn’t as good this year, so I might get onto the nutrition side of things again to see what we can do.
We had more cows dried off last weekend, but I have also put some spring calving heifers in with the cows and through the parlor.
The New year -
The year 2018 has been full of many highs and many lows, but it's nearly the end of the year we got through it and we are grateful for that. I would like to take this time to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a great new year. I hope Santa is good to ye all!
- Milk Price Updates- Dairygold have revealed the Price they will pay the same price to suppliers for November milk supplies as they did for October. They announced that they will pay 32cents per litre, including an 0.5cents per litre quality bonus and VAT. The news comes after Lakeland Dairies announced a 1cednts per litre reduction in the base price for November supplies. Lakeland suppliers will now receive 32.06cents per litre. Glanbia also announced that they were cutting the base price paid for November milk supplies. Glanbia will now pay suppliers 30cents per litre for milks at 3.6% fat and 3.3% protein. Kerry, meanwhile, kept their base price the same as that paid for October supplies, 32cents per litre. Aurivo meanwhile, have reduced the price paid to suppliers by one cents per litre. They will now pay 30c/L including VAT for November supplies.
- GDT Auction Results - At the recent GDT auction held on December 18th, there was an overall improvement of +1.7% on the GDT Price Index. There were 143 winning bidders in total, with 13 bidding rounds and 36,181 MT sold in total. The greatest improvement was witnessed in Butter, with increases of +4.9%. Anhydrous Milk Fat also witnessed increases, up by +4.0%. Skim Milk Powder was also up, by 3.4%. Cheddar, meanwhile, increased by +2.2%, while lactose prices improved by +1.6%. Whole Milk Powder was up by 0.3%. Rennet Casein prices were the only ones to witness any decrease this week, down by -2.1%.