Name: Christy McCarthy
Farm: 55 cows (35 Ped Holsteins and 25 Ped Jersey) on 60-acres.
Location: Shanaway East, Balineen Co. Cork.
Performance:Fat - 3.93%, Protein -3.40%, Lactose - 5.00%, SCC - 86, Avg Scc - 118
This week -
How’s everyone spring calving going? We are flying it here at the moment.
We have had a good few beef and dairy born calves so far. On the dairy heifer calves, we have had two by Popeye and two born by Alphaman and a Jersey heifer born this morning by yegabomb. With cows family’s like “Rose” and “Chief Adeen” calving in, These ladies will join the herd two years time.
Since my last report, I have the cows out on grass two days as ground conditions were not with me. There is no point ripping up the ground just say I have the cows out, but I have had cows out since the 4th of January on-off. Therefore, plenty of the cover is gone already.
We had calves in the mart this week. Two AA bulls at a month old sold for €200 each. We were happy with that price to be fair.
Plans for the week ahead -
Over the course of the next week, I hope to calf a few more cows, with a lot more beef-bred calves due this week.
With more dry weather coming, I hope the ground will dry up so I can let the cows out more often. I hope to start AI-ing a few maiden heifers too.
I have kept a close eye on heats over the last few weeks, so I am hoping to get a bit of that done as well.
Name: Aran Connell
Farm: Dairy farm, milking 140 Holstein Friesian’s in farm partnership with his father.
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Performance: Fresh cows 36litres at 4.45% Butterfat and 3.55% Protein. Stale cows 16 litres. Scc -167.
This week -
Milk Price updates -
The first of the processors to confirm the price they will pay for January supplies is Glanbia Ireland, who have maintained the base price for January supplies at 30cents per litre including VAT. This is the price paid for suppliers at 3.6% fat and 3.3% Glanbia, meanwhile, will also hold prices for January supplies, paying 32cents per litre for supplies at 3.3% protein and 3.6% butterfat. protein.
Glanbia Co-op have also confirmed that a total of €10.9m will be paid to supplier members this month as part of the Trading Bonus Scheme for 2018. An average bonus of €2,850 will be paid to 3,755 co-op members.
Lakelands, meanwhile, have also confirmed that they too will hold the price paid for January milk supplies. They will pay 32 cents per litre including VAT and a lactose bonus.