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12th December, 2018

Archive for 2014

Dry cow management now primary driver of in-calf rate in 2016

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments

THE impact of milk price reductions, the scale of same and the period required for an upturn are the primary concerns among farmers visited in the past month. The impact of milk price reductions will hit hardest in Northern Ireland where the costs of production are significantly greater when compared with grass-based milk production systems. […]

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TIPS FOR DECEMBER 2014

Posted on 01 Dec 2014 | 0 Comments

Plan a breeding programme now for autumn calving dairy and beef cows. Scanning cows is not just about pregnancy scanning. Scanning the reproductive tract of your cows will provide you with a targeted approach to getting your cows in calf. Do not work in the dark. There are cows in your herd which are not […]

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SUPERLEVY RISK CREATING COW WELFARE CONCERNS Published in The Farming Independent November 18,2014

Posted on 20 Nov 2014 | 0 Comments

A MILD AUTUMN has orchestrated increased milk production from grazed grass for both spring and freshly calved autumn cows. Many farmers are faced with the dilemma of a superlevy and milk price to decrease in the months ahead. Therefore, they have continued to produce high solids milk from late lactations from grazed grass at the […]

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TIPS FOR NOVEMBER 2014

Posted on 11 Nov 2014 | 0 Comments

Extended grazing because of a mild Autumn has resulted in cows losing excessive body condition. Cows need to gain weight in the second trimester of pregnancy. Dry off cows now if: a) You are running a risk of superlevy fill b) Cows are in poor body condition. Scan cows now which have not been previously […]

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PREPARING FOR DRY COW MANAGEMENT AND RISK OF NEOSPORA

Posted on 11 Nov 2014 | 0 Comments

We are currently experiencing the best grazing conditions in living memory for grass-based milk production. This has tempted farmers to extend lactations and produce high value milk with elevated solids in late lactation. However, this has created a superlevy situation for all Co-Ops in the country. This scenario has created significant body condition score loss […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2014

Posted on 01 Oct 2014 | 0 Comments

1. With superlevy pertaining over 60% of dairy farms, it is essential to reduce the economic risk of same by identifying empty cows. Pregnancy scanning is an excellent tool to aid in the accurate ageing of pregnancies and identification of cows carrying twins. Scanning can also be used to see if the empty cows can […]

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EXCELLENT PREGNANCY RATES CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH HIGH MILK YIELDS Published September 23 2014 in The Farming Independent

Posted on 24 Sep 2014 | 0 Comments

DAIRY herd management has become extremely difficult because of expansion with the impending removal of the milk quota regimen in April 2015. Many farmers have expanded far in excess of their ability to manage the cows, a grazing platform to accommodate the herd and the capital investment required for both housing and milking. Grazing conditions […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2014

Posted on 08 Sep 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Scan your cows now to: identify empty cows,  accurately age pregnancies and identify those cows carrying twins.   2. Identify cows in poor body condition and those with poor locomotion score. Supplement diets with concentrates or dry cows off early if BCS needs to be improved. Ensure your hoof trimmer has the correct expertise to rectify […]

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SUSTAINABLE MILK PRODUCTION IN GRASS BASED SYSTEMS

Posted on 28 Aug 2014 | 0 Comments

STOCK BULLS should now be “on holiday” from the dairy herd for grass based milk production systems.  However, many farmers contend that there will be a market for “late calvers” next year with the ending of the milk quota regime.  Therefore, many farmers are delaying their end of season pregnancy scan this year.   I […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2014

Posted on 01 Aug 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Scan your cows after the last AI or the bulls have been removed.   2. Check health status in your herd; IBR, Johnes’ disease, Liver & Stomach fluke, worms.   3. Ensure your weanling and maiden heifers are achieving target weights.  Late calves may need to be isolated to get supplementary feeding if they […]

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