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12th December, 2018

Archive for 2013

BREEDING MANAGEMENT FOR AUTUMN CALVING

Posted on 16 Dec 2013 | 0 Comments

The autumn of 2013 has been excellent for dairy farming in terms of grazing conditions and milk price.  Current milk price has persuaded many farmers to extend the normal lactation.  There is insufficient regard for body condition score and the requirement for an eight week dry period for mature cows and ten weeks for first […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2013

Posted on 05 Dec 2013 | 0 Comments

Spring calving cows   1. Ensure you have a silage analysis completed with supplemental concentrates to avoid body condition loss during the dry cow period.   2. Group cows if needed according to body condition score.   3. The most reliable method of dry cow management is a small amount of supplemental feed that is […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2013

Posted on 04 Nov 2013 | 0 Comments

1. Dry off first lactation cows and older cows in poor body condition, which are due to calve in late January.   2. Autumn calving cows need to be housed now and managed on their winter diets.  Transition management of these cows on grazed grass has resulted in many metabolic problems.   3. Ensure you […]

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ONE BREEDING PROGRAMME FINISHES HERALDS THE ONSET OF SPRING BREEDING IN 2014

Posted on 08 Oct 2013 | 0 Comments

The past month has literally put icing on the cake for dairy farmers in grass based milk production systems.  The memories of a harsh summer in 2012 and spring of 2013 have now been overcome to a large degree by an excellent summer grazing season in 2013.  The farming community has definitely learned lessons from […]

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MANAGING THE DAIRY HERD WITH AN IMPENDING SUPERLEVY

Posted on 08 Oct 2013 | 0 Comments

We are now experiencing a true Indian summer with excellent grazing conditions on both dry and marginal soils.  Milk production has been maintained without the usual plummet at this time of year associated with high rainfall and reduced temperatures.  Dairy farmers are in good spirits as they see milk solids from late lactation milk resulting […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2013

Posted on 02 Oct 2013 | 0 Comments

1. Ensure weanling heifers are achieving target weight.  Grass quality decreases rapidly at this stage of grass growing season.  Supplement diet with concentrates containing adequate high quality protein to meet the needs of growing heifers.   2. Have you checked your herd health status?  A bulk milk sample will give preliminary data for discussion with […]

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DROUGHT CREATES NEW CHALLENGES ON DAIRY FARMS

Posted on 19 Aug 2013 | 0 Comments

Farm visits over the past month centre on the challenge created by the drought. The landscape was best described by one farmer whose sister couldn’t understand why so many fields in Kilkenny had been sprayed with Roundup for reseeding!  Very few farmers dare utter the word “rain” as the memories of its’ devastating impact over […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2013

Posted on 19 Aug 2013 | 0 Comments

1.       Ensure dairy cows dried off with a minimum of 60 days dry off for Autumn calving.  Cows carrying twins will need a longer rest period.     2.       Suckler cows need to be weaned with a minimum 60 days before due calving date. 3.       Remove stock bulls now as there is very little sale value […]

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Bailey’s Limousin Reduction Sale

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 | 0 Comments

Bailey’s Limousin Reduction Sale Saturday 10th August at Tullamore Mart (the day before Tullamore Show) Please contact Tom on 087-2553195 for more details.

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2013

Posted on 09 Jul 2013 | 0 Comments

1.     The high temperatures and resultant moisture deficit have reduced grass growth rates.  This will increase stress on early developmental stage of embryos with increased embryonic mortality.  Ensure diets are supplemented with conserved forage and concentrates to minimise stress.   2.    Ensure heifer calves get no setbacks in target growth rates.  Address […]

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