The Embrace drive to remember tractor, grass budgets, clinical mastitis, High SCC's, building farm cover, second cuts and more.
Name: Patrick Mc Carthy
Farm: Milking 40 crossbred Jersey herd
Performance: 02/09/18 , Butterfat 4.81, Protein 3.97 , Kgs/Ms/Cow = 1.36 , SCC 125,000 Cows doing 15.07 Litres , Meal = 4kgs , 16% Dairy nut
This Week -
Cows are down slightly in yield, but I am still happy with their performance and milk solids are also very good.
I identified 2 cows with sub clinicial mastitis this week as my somatic cell count was over 300,000. They are been treated and are been kept out of the bulk tank and my SCC is now 125,000.
I also did a grass Budget on 5th September and the figures are as follows-
Daily Growth = 56.4
Farm Cover = 1727
Total Area Available For Grazing = 11.7 Ha
Demand/Ha = 74
Short Term Silage = 1 Ha
Long Term Silage = 6.51Ha
On Sunday I joined up with members from Macra clubs in the Carbery macra region and we took over the Embrace Farm tractor from Kerry Macra early Sunday morning. The tractor is traveling around all 32 counties to raise awareness of farm safety and also to remember those who lost their lives to a farm accident. It was fantastic to be involved and to help Embrace Farm promote farm safety as they do so much for victims families.
It was an honour for me to get to drive the tractor and help my fellow Carbery members promote farm safety. A great day overall and just like to wish other counties the best of luck and safe journey as they travel up the country with the tractor.
The Week Ahead -
The weather is very mixed and it is proving difficult to get the 2nd cut silage in.
I think I will just cut it this week if there is a break in the weather and bale it when the conditions are dry enough. I can't really delay it much longer as I need to bulid up the farm cover for the rest of the year.
A special congratulations to our regular contributor, Louise Crowley, who took home the Best Emerging Female Award at last nights, September 11th, FBD Young Farmer of the Year Awards.