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17th February, 2019

4 times a day milking

The number of herds in the North of Ireland on 3 times a day milking system has increased dramatically. Farmers state that they are getting an extra 15% more milk from the cows. However, research has shown that there is a pressing effect on reproductive performance. To my amazement we encountered 1 farmer in Co. Down, who now has his high yielding cows on 4 times a day milking. Within this system of production, calving index is not a priority.