WATCH: Improving milk solids


Kiernan Milling plays a key role in both the performance and profitability of Declan McKenna's enterprise.

He milks 62 spring-calving Holstein Friesian cows in Tydavnet, Co. Monaghan.

"I would have struggled with milk solids down through the years, especially at peak milking," Declan explained.

Conor McCaffrey B.Agr.Sc Technical Sales at Kiernan Milling pointed out that milk solids, butterfat, in particular, drop within dairy herds in late spring and early summer when cows enter second rotation grass.

Last July, Declan's cows averaged 28-litres at 3.2% protein and 3.5% butterfat; however, this year, with the inclusion of Kiernan Milling's new 15% summer-dairy nut, milk solids increased to 3.8% butterfat and 3.5% protein; yields remained at 28-litres.

"This small change equated to a significant saving of €1,600/month, but every farm is different. We can adapt our nutritional programme to best suit your farm and farming system," he concluded.

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To find out more, contact Kiernan Milling - see their website here.

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