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5th December, 2019

Archive for 2019

Rearing Bull Calves on Dairy Farms in the North of Ireland

Posted on 05 Dec 2019 | 0 Comments

In the North of Ireland currently it is not allowed to slaughter male calves as part of certification for dairy under the Red Tractor programme. On a number of farms visited this week in the north, farmers have resorted to the use of sex semen to generate replacements for the dairy herd, then the use […]

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GLANBIA WINTER MILK SCHEME INCREASES THE WORKLOAD ASSOCIATED WITH TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH AN AUTUMN BREEDING PROGRAMME IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY WHILE PREPARING FOR THE SPRING CALVING PROGRAMME

Posted on 04 Dec 2019 | 0 Comments

A farm visit to conduct a Pre-breed scan for a client in Co. Laois who has both a spring and autumn calving programme revealed the following: Removal of the winter milk bonus for the month of October has meant that he has been driven into breeding cows in January/February for his autumn calving season and […]

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AN EXTRA 2 LITRES OF MILK PER COW ON AVERAGE PER DAY BY REDUCING WAITING TIME FOR MILKING AND INCREASING THE MILKING INTERVAL TO 12 HOURS

Posted on 04 Dec 2019 | 0 Comments

On a prebreed scan today for an autumn calving programme involving a total herd of 370 cows in milk today, split between spring and autumn calving, the client informed me that his herd was currently producing an extra 2 litre per cow per day.   He has split the dairy herd on the basis of […]

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OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPTY COWS TO BE RECYLED INTO AUTUMN CALVING PROGRAMME

Posted on 03 Dec 2019 | 0 Comments

In our travels this week, we are encountering farmers wanting empty cows scanned for suitability for breeding to calve next autumn.  With the current market situation where factories are not taking in empty cows from farms, farmers have resorted to selling these animals through marts where one client bought in 35 cows at an average […]

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USE OF SEX SEMEN IN DAIRY COWS FOR AUTUMN CALVING IN 2020

Posted on 03 Dec 2019 | 0 Comments

  Currently we have a demand by dairy farmers to identify cows in terms of suitability for the use of sexed semen. The Smart Scan technology from ReproDoc enables you to identify the reproductive status of your cows using additional bioinformatic data to enable us to accurately identify the best suited for sexed semen. It […]

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PREPARING FOR SPRING CALVING IN 2019

Posted on 16 Jan 2019 | 0 Comments

The negative impact of the 2018 summer drought on silage stocks has been significantly reduced by the mild weather in December and January. The silage intake required for cow maintenance has been reduced because of seasonally elevated temperatures. A significant concern has been the concomitant increase in cases of pneumonia and associated viral and bacterial […]

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