Dairy Update - Queen of the land champion, drying off cows, dosing and calving!


Contributor Louise was named this year's Queen of the Land for 2018, while on the farm some cows are now being brought in at night, with beet rations up to 10kgs, more cows dried off, dosing for worms, silage testing and calving commencing.

Dairy Update - Queen of the land champion, drying off cows, dosing and calving!

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Contributor Louise was named this year's Queen of the Land for 2018, while on the farm some cows are now being brought in at night, with beet rations up to 10kgs, more cows dried off, dosing for worms, silage testing and calving commencing.

Name: Christy McCarthy
Farm: 55 cows (35 Ped Holsteins and 25 Ped Jersey) on 60-acres.
Location: Shanaway East, Balineen Co. Cork.
Performance: Fat 4.43, Protein 3.74 , Lactose - 4.61, SCC-89 , Avg SCC 103.



This Week -
It is all go at the moment, with all of the livestock brought in last Tuesday as the weather has finally gone against us now.

Normally, we would have everything in by October, so to get an extra month out this year is a real bonus. The January calving cows are being dried off. Our drying off process is very simple, when a cow goes under 10 litres we check the milk recording for SCC and any cow with a SCC of a 100 or higher gets an antibiotic and a sealer. Anything under 100 just gets a sealer.

Cow are starting to calf away now with two at the weekend and one so far this week. We will hopefully have a few more this week. With the cows that calved in August and September starting to come into heat we will start AI again.

We base our AI process on
•Cow yield and protein
•Cow family
•Classifing Score

And on the bull, we use the same system.

The Week Ahead -
With everything inside, we have started diet feeding the cows and feed silage and ration to the young stock. The silage will be tested for quality this week. The mix is made up of silage whole-crop and ration with minerals.

Name - Louise Crowley
Farm - Milking 120 cows on 239-acre holding.
Performance - Butterfat: 4.73, Protein: 4.26, SCC: 187, Lactose: 4.42, Cows are doing approx 12 litres.



This Week -
The farm has been quiet these past few days.

Cows are back to twice a day milking this week. They were put on OAD for the weekend, as we were all gone to Queen of the Land in Tullamore. Cows are still out full time but I’m considering bringing them in by night soon in order to stretch the grass that’s left.

All heifers and calves are still out also. No silage has been fed out yet.

Name: Aran Connell
Farm: Dairy farm, milking 140 Holstein Friesian’s in farm partnership with his father.
Location: Mizen Head, West Cork.
Performance: 17.5 litres, 4.64bf, 3.97pr, SCC 175



This Week -
Cows are in by night for the last two weeks.

We have now housed them full time as land is starting to get mucky. Good weather is promised next week, so we should have them out by day again as we still have a nice bit of grass left. It's probably the wrong thing to do, but we never close off paddocks for next spring and if conditions allow we graze as long as we can. We normally wouldn't be out early in spring until at least March due to the wetland type.

Cows are milking very well but they are now on 10kgs of beet along with 2kgs of distillers grain and 4kgs of ration in the parlour. We are also mixing surplus bales with some 3rd cut silage which is of excellent quality.

We picked out 60 cows for drying off this week as they are calving in January and we will be drying off a few more over the coming weeks. These will be getting a drying-off tube and teat sealers. We don't dry off completely as we calve a few cows now and milk on with emptys and late calvers.

Incalf heifers were housed yesterday as grass on the outfarms is tight. We also housed our Angus heifers for fattening. They will be built up onto 15kgs of beet and 8kgs of ration and we hope they will be fit to kill early January. All of the weanings are still outside and we hope to keep them out for another 2 to 3 weeks. They got a dose for lung and stomach worms this week.

The Week Ahead -
We're currently replacing existing slats that are now very shook. They were first installed in 1989. I would suggest to everyone that has old slats to check them, as they looked fine on top but underneath they were all starting to crack.

We will consider finishing pulling the fodder beet next week if conditions are very good but we have enough up until Christmas. Finally, I would like to say congratulations fellow dairy contributor, Louise Crowley, on picking up Macra's Queen of the Land title 2018.

Milk Price Updates -
Lakeland Dairies have announced that they are holding their base price at 32.78cents per litre, including VAT, for October supplies. This will include a lactose bonus of 0.28 cents p/litre.

Another processor to announce the price paid for October milk supplies was Glanbia, who also held their price at 32 cents per litre including VAT. Kerry Group have also announced that they are holding the price paid for October supplies and will pay 32cents per litre including VAT. Aurivo will pay its suppliers a price of 31cpl incl. vat for October milk. The average supplier will receive a price of 39.2cpl based on the average supply profile.

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