Scanning results, the benefits of using Herdplus, Hgh SCC's, grass budgeting, rations dropped, fertiliser spread, bulls pulled, culling cows, GDT auction results and more.
Age: 23 years old
Operation: Farm partnership with father in Tullovin, Croom, County Limerick.
Farm: 150 cows, 42 heifers and 40 yearling heifers.
Production: Butterfat: 4.00, Protein: 3.20, SCC: 258, Lactose: 4.55, Cows are doing approx. 15 litres/day at the moment. Cows on 4kgs of nuts in parlour.
This Week -
Some rain has come but more is definitely welcome and the farm has greened up a lot in the past few days.
The Silage ground and the home farm were all spread with fertiliser a week ago. A few paddocks were spread at home today too. Cows have been cut back a bit on the silage as there is a pick of grass beginning to come in the paddocks. Cows are being strip grazed at the moment to stretch grass and give the rest of the farm a chance to grow. Silage is still being fed out in the paddocks.
Heifers and calves are still on bales of hay in round feeders out in their paddocks. All bulls have been pulled from the cows and heifers on Friday. No calves were sold this week as we are holding on to the last 14 calves as we have quite a bit of antibiotic milk left after milking, so we are feeding it to them rather than selling them and having to dump it.
There are now 26 cows with high somatic cell counts now. We are holding the affected quarters out of the bulk tank. These cows have been looked at and we have decided that 14 more of them will have to go to the factory or the mart in the next week or so. We took 5 cows to ABP in Rathkeale last Wednesday already. They graded as O’s and P’s. O’s made €2.60/kg and P’s made €1.80/kg
This week the main jobs have been keeping all the animals fed. I’ve been able to cut feeding down to twice in the day at the moment.
Plans for the coming week -
We are hoping very much for some rainfall and good grass growth.
We will bring seven cows to go to the factory in Rathkeale on Wednesday again. Seven might also be taken to Kilmallock Mart next Monday. Otherwise, we will look to keep the cows and heifers happy and fed.
Name: Patrick Mc Carthy
Farm: Milking 40 crossbred Jersey herd
Performance: Butterfat 4.94 , Protein 3.68 , Kgs/Ms/Cow = 1.57 , Cows doing 17.6 Litres. SCC = 135 , Meal = 4kgs , 16% Dairy nut
This Week -
I Had David Sheehey BOVEQ Scanning Services LTD out scanning 7 cows and 5 heifers on Thursday 2nd August.
Thankfully 11 out of 12 are in calf. So, I will have 47 cows milking next year and that includes 13 heifers.
Calving pattern is as follows -
- January = 27
- February = 13
- March = 5
- April = 2
Plans for the Week -
As you can see from my scanning results I have 47 cows calving next year and calving will be finished on 11th April.
One thing that I want to highlight is the benefits of putting your scanning results into Herdplus and seeing what your calving pattern will be for next year. You can take this a step further by also going on Agrinet or PastureBase and start a grass budget for 2019. In the budget, you can put in how many cows you have calving each month and then see what average farm cover you will potentially need for 2019.
I know we are only just into August and you might be saying "jazus we haven't even gone through this year yet " but I have found been a step ahead of yourself when it comes to grass will increase profit and also it will make life easier for yourself.
I have dropped meal from 8kgs to 4kgs due to the surge in growth after the rain. Cows are also getting more grass in their daily allocation. I think I will hold them on 4kgs of meal for another while and try and save up as much as I can for a second cut. My next grass budget will give me a better idea on my average farm cover etc.
I am very happy with cow performance at the moment, milk solids and yield are holding up considering the way the year has gone.
GDT Auction results August 7th -
AMF index up 1.2%,
Butter index down 3.2%,
BMP index down 5.9%,
Ched index up 1.3%,
RenCas index up 8.0%
SMP index down 0.3%
WMP index up 0.1%,