Dairy Update - Mortellaro outbreak, Calves sold for €200, grass levels discussed and AI to start shortly


Grass levels discussed, calves sold at local marts, AI to commence shortly and dairy and beef-bred calves born, as well as Mortellaro outbreaks. Get it all on this week's Dairy update below!

Dairy Update - Mortellaro outbreak, Calves sold for €200, grass levels discussed and AI to start shortly

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Grass levels discussed, calves sold at local marts, AI to commence shortly and dairy and beef-bred calves born, as well as Mortellaro outbreaks. Get it all on this week's Dairy update below!

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 -

Calving is still ticking away nicely, with 26 heifer calves on the ground.
Another week of AI-red calves will be due and after tha,t it's all HE and AA stock bull calves. We are after having quite a bit of rain so no fertiliser or slurry was spread. High pressure is building and there is talk of a good 10-day forecast ahead. Therefore, we will blanket spread the farm with 42 units of urea as nothing has gone out yet. Grass is starting to get a tinge of yellow, which is probably due to lack of nitrogen.
Cows might go out by day if this dry spell comes as there's a lot of grass about. Cows are currently back on the footbath after milkings as Mortellaro has broken out on the calved cows. It's a never-ending struggle to keep on top of it. We got away all winter without foot bathing, but every second day we're running them through it now.

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.

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