‘Cutting out meal for 13 weeks was a no brainer’


Patrick’s crossbred Jersey cows have been hovering around 12/13-litres the last 3 weeks.

‘Cutting out meal for 13 weeks was a no brainer’

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Patrick’s crossbred Jersey cows have been hovering around 12/13-litres the last 3 weeks.

Name: Patrick Mc Carthy

Age: 36-years-old

Farm: Milking 48 cross-bred Jersey cows

Cow Performance - 12/08/19

  • Cows: 47
  • Yield: 13.7
  • Protein: 3.75
  • Butterfat: 4.89
  • Kgs/Ms/Cow = 1.22
  • Meal = 2kgs (2-way mix)

Cows have been back on meal a few days; they have been hovering around 12/13-litres the last 3 weeks.

Protein and butterfat have been fantastic this year so wasn’t I overly concerned over milk yield as I was receiving a high milk price and lowered cost of production by cutting out meal for 13 weeks.

Cows are now back on meal as I will soon have to start building up farm cover for the autumn. Re-introducing concentrates to the diet, will, of course, increase milk yield. I'd be confident it will go back up to around 15-litres.

I still don't regret cutting out meal for the 13 weeks; for me it was a no brainer with such a fantastic year for grass growth.

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