Name: Patrick Mc Carthy
Farm: Milking 40 crossbred Jersey herd
Location: Ballydehob, Co. Cork.
Performance: 05/11/18 , Butterfat 5.90, Protein 4.69. Kgs/Ms/Cow = 1.13,
SCC 202,000 Cows doing 10.4 Litres , Meal = 3kgs , 3 way mix (Maize , distillers, Pam Kernel.)
This Week -
Cows have gone on OAD milking since the 1st of November and I'm the last few days I have dried off 6 cows. I used Cepervin dry off tubes and also used Boviseal teat sealer.
Cows are still out on grass night and day. This is very handy as the cows that are dried off are cleaner outside. My farm cover is around 850, so I'm still on target in relation to having a farm cover of 1000kgs for January. Cows are starting to slip back in yield but it's that time of the year and happy enough with overall performance. I might get another 2 weeks of milk out of the cows, I have recording jars in my parlour, so I can monitor cows yield each day.
I will do one more budget and check my farm cover if it's still up at 850 I will graze one or two more paddocks. The last of the slurry was spread just before the closing date so all slurry tanks are empty.
Next Week -
I will keep monitoring the cows and dry off cows that go under 3 to 4 Litres. I must also get a dose for liver fluke, rumen fluke and a wormer and get ready to dose cows that have been dried off.
Name: Christy McCarthy
Farm: 55 cows (35 Ped Holsteins and 25 Ped Jersey) on 60-acres.
Location: Shanaway East, Balineen Co. Cork.
Performance: Supplier Date 06/11/2018: Fat - 4.23 , Protein 3.70 , Lactose 4.66 , SCC-97, Avg SCC 107
Hi, my name is Christopher McCarthy and I run a winter and spring calving herd with my parents in Ballineen. The day to day work is done by my self and my father, with my girlfriend giving me a hand when she is off from college.
Both of my parents are from dairy farms and when we got this farm in 1996 it was a sheep and apple farm that was owned by my granduncle. With quota being so dear, it was impossible for my parents to get into dairy cows, so we ran an intensive beef farm to 2013. When the beef was not paying the bills even with my parents working off farm, a change was needed and so we took the opportunity into dairy cows. We milked our Frist heifers on the 6th of February 2015 and the parlor has not taken a day off since.
We run a pedigree dairy herd of Jerseys and Holsteins, where with a small land base we breed for yields and high KGs of milk solids. We milked 25 cows in the summer of 2015 and next year I hope to be milking 60 cows. We calf all-year long, including summer, and this helps spread our workload out and ensures we will have an even amount of milk all year round.
Last year we averaged a supply of 7800 litres per cow at 3.54% protein and 3.98% Fat. My hope in the next 5 years we will be at 10,000litres, 3.80 protein and 4.20 fat, with the SCC under 70. The cows graze from 17th of March to mid-November, with bales given at night from mid-September onwards.
Name - Louise Crowley
Farm - Milking 120 cows on 239-acre holding.
Performance - Butterfat 4.34%, Protein 4.09%, SCC 266, Lactose 4.49, TBC - 9, Cows doing approx. 16litres per day.
This Week -
This week has mainly involved fencing the out farm in Meanus.
Sheep wire and electrified wire has been put along the road and house boundaries. This is being done by ourselves. The cows were tested for somatic cell counts on Sunday evening. The results came back on Monday and were quite positive.
Cows that calved last winter are due to be dried off. No animals are inside or on silage yet. We are hoping to stretch the Incalf heifers out until next week, as the family are away in Tullamore this weekend supporting me at the Queen of the Land festival.
There is probably two weeks’ worth of grass left for the cows. The calves are all in Meanus and there is enough grass there to keep them out until Christmas if the weather conditions suit.
I bought 115 bales of silage at the weekend. There are 80 bales made in this year at €30 and 35 bales made in 2017 at €10. The quality of both are excellent. Cubicle houses have all been getting a ‘once over’ before housing starts.
The Week Ahead -
I Hope to start drawing the bales that were purchased last weekend.
We will also begin drying off some cows and we will bring in the In-calf heifers.
GDT Auction Results - November 6th-
The overall change in the price index for this week's GDT auction was -2%, with 42,425 MT sold and 173 participating bidders.
Butter saw reductions of -1.7%, with Anhydrous Milk Fat also down but by -1.3%. Cheddar witnessed the biggest price decrease of all, down by -4.6%, while Renet casein and lactose also experienced a drop, -2.9% and -2.7% respectively. The final decrease witnessed was for Whole Milk Powder, down by -2.9%.
Skimmed milk powder was up by +1.2% and Butter Milk Powder also saw an increase, +0.8%.