Farm performance and Breeding update from Glanbia Monitor farmer Brendan Phelan
Brendan is milking 182 crossbred cows on 47ha of a total milking platform of 57ha. The cows are currently stocked at four cows per ha. The cows are milking very well with 60% of the herd on their first or second lactation. The herd somatic cell count (SCC) is currently 90cells(‘000)/ml.
Brendan said that 94% of cows were bred in three weeks and 98% of heifers which were not synchronised. Heifers are contract reared and the calves were dosed before they went to the contract rearer last week.
Updated performance May 15th 2017
|Average Farm Cover||700|
|Cover per Cow||178|
|Pre Grazing Yield KG DM||1400|
|Demand KG DM HA||63|
|Growth KG DM HA||50|
Since grass growth has increased Brendan has reduced concentrate feed from 4kg per day to 2kg per day.
Grass and Silage
Following a dry period, 28mls of rain fell on this Kilkenny farm from last Thursday (11th May) to midday Monday 15th May. Brendan said “I skipped three paddocks to make bales and I will bale this as soon as the weather dries up. There has been great growth over this weekend”.
Brendan did have a full time labour unit for the spring but now a milker comes in three evenings per week.
Grass Wedge 15th May 2017
First Published 16 May 2017
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