Maintaining milk output throughout the winter and balancing his herd's diet into the spring, while controlling his feed costs, were key challenges that dairy farmer James Nally wanted to overcome.
Faced with the prospect of growing a profitable dairy business in a post quota, but variable milk price era, James worked with Specialist Nutrition to secure an alternative source of feed that would deliver on the potential he knew existed in his farming enterprise.
Farming in Glasson outside Athlone, James has grown his British Friesian herd from 100 to 200 cows, along with farming 60 replacement heifers and 120 beef cattle, which he sells as weanlings. Outside of this he also runs Manitech Loader ltd, the main dealer for Manitech loading shovels; keeping James busy and in need of running his farm efficiently in order to maximise his time across the two businesses.
In 2013 James worked with Specialist Nutrition to incorporate Liquid Feeds into his herd's diet in an effort to maximise intake and increase production throughout the winter period. “With the help of Specialist Nutrition, we worked to achieve a balanced diet throughout the year and we’ve been rewarded well in terms of production and general health of our animals.”
“Before I started to work with Specialist Nutrition I was not getting the milk production I knew I could achieve. While trying to maintain the herd's body condition, my system had become too reliant on course rations fed through the diet feeder and nuts fed through the milking parlour. This was costly and was eating into margin, especially during poorer milk price years. Since introducing Eornasyrup I’ve seen a reduction in body condition fluctuations, along with an increase in milk production.”, said James.
James will be hosting a farm Open Day in conjunction with Specialist Nutrition on the 26th April starting at 11am on his farm in Glasson, Athlone. He will showcase on the day the results and benefits of using liquid feeds, with all welcome to attend.
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