Patrick Shalvey and family — who opened the gates of their enterprise in 2017 for Big Week on the Farm — milk 75 cows in Co. Cavan.
He oversees the running of the 100-acre operation along with his wife Geraldine (a teacher) and three children; Enda, Colm and Aoife.
Bull calves are sold at 3-weeks of age, while approximately twenty heifers are retained as replacements every year.
Herd health is of utmost importance on the farm; the Shalveys have been utilising Tramazole, an oral drench to combat fluke and worms, for up to five years now.
“The cows are treated with Tramazole at drying-off in December; we use a 60ml dose,” Patrick explained.
“We treat them again around the first week of February – we start calving around February 8th or 10th.”
Young stock are dosed 6-8-weeks after they are turned out to pasture; they are dosed three times every six weeks.
For more information about Tramazole, see here.
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