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Archive for 2014

TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2014

Posted on 07 Jul 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Grassland management needs to be excellent at this time of year to avoid poor quality pastures. 2. Do not graze too tight as this will increase stress on cows and reduce DMI. Top paddocks after grazing and remove paddocks from the rotation for baled silage to maintain high quality grass in front of cows. […]

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Great financial rewards from management of 2015 late calvers Published July 1 2014 in The Farming Independent

Posted on 03 Jul 2014 | 0 Comments

Improved weather conditions, excellent opportunities to make silage and hay, phenomenal growth rates in maize crops and a good milk price all lend themselves to a buoyant mood in the dairy industry. Breeding programmes which are the primary dictator of future profitability of your business are now resulting in cows which will calve from mid-April […]

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FERTILITY FROM A RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE Published June 3 2014 in The Farming Independent

Posted on 04 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

An International conference on cow fertility was held in Westport, Co. Mayo two weeks ago.  It brought together 480 delegates from over 35 countries and all five continents.  This is the first conference focused on the importance of cow fertility on the ultimate profitability of your business.   The conference was primarily organised by Professor […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2014

Posted on 01 Jun 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Identify cows not yet detected in heat and get them scanned to address underlying reasons for failure to have these cows bred. 2. The latter will be more difficult when using natural service as the sole method of breeding for the herd.  Suggest having the herd scanned six weeks into the breeding programme.  ScanMan […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2014

Posted on 06 May 2014 | 0 Comments

1.   Spring calved cows are performing extremely well on grass based milk production systems.  This milk production performance is at the expense of BCS on many farms.  Cows need a balanced diet which avoids BCS loss, meets mineral and vitamin requirements.   2.   Put a plan in place for heat detection if using AI in Spring calving […]

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NEW ENTRANTS TO DAIRYING NEED SKILLS IN ACCURATE HEAT DETECTION Published May 4 2014 in The Farming Independent

Posted on 06 May 2014 | 0 Comments

Breeding programmes have now begun on most farms for grass based milk production systems.  The primary focus has to be accurate heat detection with a minimum of 90pc submission rate for the first three weeks of the breeding season.   We need a common sense approach to targeted heat detection rates.  Create a numerical list […]

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ACCURATE HEAT DETECTION ESSENTIAL TO OPTIMISE REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE Published April 8,2014 in The Farming Independent

Posted on 09 Apr 2014 | 0 Comments

The month of April brings a new dawn to our primary breeding programme for grass based milk production in Ireland.  Early turnout to grass has not been successful on my farm visits in the South.  Land is saturated because of the persistent rain over the winter months.  It is questionable the practice of where dietary […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2014

Posted on 07 Apr 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Ensure excellent transition management for cows calving this month. The opportunity to get April calvers back in calf by the end of July will depend primarily on the health of the cow.   2. Make sure silage and forage are not contaminated by mycotoxins. Buffer feed cows when they are out to grass. The […]

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LATE CALVERS OFFER A FINANCIAL WINDFALL IN SPRING BREEDING PROGRAMMES Published March 12.2014 in The Farming Independent

Posted on 12 Mar 2014 | 0 Comments

Spring calving programmes are now on average at week six where 70pc of the herd have calved.  In contrast winter breeding programmes will in general finish this week as subsequent services will result in calvings over the Christmas period. Winter breeding programmes have been significantly curtailed this year.  The primary reasons centre on liquid milk […]

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TIPS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014

Posted on 04 Mar 2014 | 0 Comments

1. Turning cows out to grass requires caution so that cows do not loose excess BCS.  Ensure diets are balanced, avoiding digestive upsets as rumen microflora have to adjust to inclusion of grazed grass in the diet.   2. As calf numbers increase in the calf house, there are increased risks of calf scours and […]

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