Name: Aran Connell
Farm: Dairy farm, milking 140 Holstein Friesian’s in farm partnership with his father.
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Performance: 17.3 Litres, 4.7% Butterfat, 3.80% Protein. Cow Diet: 10kg beet + 4kg ration.
This Week -
Cows and heifers are all starting to spring away, with two cows already calved this week. There will be a big bust of calves next week, so then the real fun will start.
The stale milkers are out by day on grass at the moment. This year I have got new diets made up for the milking cows from Specialist Nutrition. With this die,t we hope to get more milk out of the cows while holding body condition or even gaining Body Condition Score.
We finished the fodder beet harvest last week and my what a difference in yield since we last pulled some in October! With the milk winter, it continued to grow.
The Week Ahead -
We are currently trying to get slurry out in places. The land is in great order considering the time of year. We have a trailing shoe on the tank, which is a great help this spring as there is so much grass around its not covering and knocking it all down.
Name: Patrick Mc Carthy
Farm: Milking 49 crossbred Jersey herd
Location: Ballydehob, Co. Cork.
This Week -
I have 11 replacement heifers so far out of the 18 cows, which I am very happy with. Cows went out onto grass on the 9th January and they went out full-time on January 13th. Cows will stay on Once A Day (OAD) milking for the month of January.
The Week Ahead -
Calving is going well so far and I haven't used the calving jack yet!
I should have over half of the herd calved by the end of January. I will go out with UREA fertilizer tomorrow and I will probably blanket spread the farm with one bag/acre.
News from the world of Dairy -
Bonus Payment: Dairygold have announced the introduction of a new bonus payment for Milk Suppliers. The Milk Supplier Sustainability bonus is designed to deliver healthier herds with the more productive cows thereby improving both the economic and environmental sustainability of the Dairygold milk production base.
Bonus payments will be made to Dairygold Milk Suppliers who participate in Milk Recording and Herd Health programmes. The programmes have proven returns for farmers in terms of herd performance and profitability. Within the Dairygold supplier base Milk Recorded herds currently produce, on average, 50Kg more solids, per cow, per year, than non-milk recorded herds which is potentially worth an additional €23,650 per annum for a 100-cow herd.
Dairygold is offering Milk Suppliers who participate in Milk Recording a 0.1cpl bonus and another 0.05cpl bonus for those who join Munster Cattle Breeding Group’s Herd Health programme. These bonus payments together with the existing 0.1cpl SDAS bonus will mean a total of 0.25cpl in sustainability-related bonus payments for Milk Suppliers on top of the existing milk quality bonus of 0.4cpl. The new Milk Supplier Sustainability Bonus is available now and will be paid from the month the Milk Supplier signs up to the programme.
Milk Price Updates: Glanbia have also announced that prices paid to suppliers for December supplies will remain the same to the price paid in November. They will continue to pay suppliers 32c per litre, including VAT, for December supplies at 3.6% butterfat and 3.3% protein.
Kerry Group have revealed that they will keep prices for December milk supplies at the same price as paid for November milk, 32c/per litre, VAT inclusive. Lakeland Dairies have also announced that they will too hold prices paid for December supplies. They will pa 32 cents per litre including VAT. Thee Dairygold Board has also decided to maintain the base price paid for milk supplied in December at 32cpl inclusive of 0.5cpl quality bonus and VAT, based on standard constituents of 3.3% Protein and 3.6% Butterfat.
Finally, Aurivo’s Board has decided to hold its milk price at 30c inc vat for December. The board notes more positive market conditions in recent weeks and will continue to pay the maximum milk price as per market returns.
GDT Auction results from January 15th: The overall GDT Price index improved by +4.2% this week, with a total of 123 winning bidders and 13 bidding rounds.
Butter prices increased by +4.6% this week, with Anhydrous Milk Fats also up by +3.2%. Cheddar prices also increased but by +4.2%, while Skimmed Milk Powders witnessed the greatest price increase (+10.3%). Lactose products also fared well, with prices up by +7.9%. Whole Milk Powder also sold well, with prices improving by +3.0%. Rennet Casein, meanwhile, was the only product offered to witness a decrease in prices (-1.4%).