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Glanbia Monitor Farm Update – Peter Mongey

Despite very poor weather conditions, Peter Mongey is satisfied with how things are going on his county Meath farm

Having just completed his farm budget with Richard O’Brien, Peter outlined how the farm was going on a wet March 3rd with cows indoors.

Grazing

Peter said ‘things are going well, 31% of the farm was grazed before the 1st of March and although conditions for the last week have been very difficult with cows in and out, we are still on target’.

Fertilizer

A first round of Nitrogen, which was half a bag of urea, was spread in mid-January (25/26 units) and two thirds of the farm has had a second application of urea, so 70 units have been spread on two thirds of the farm. Peter intends to go out again as soon as the weather picks up.

Peter is actively trying to prevent damage to his paddocks and to date they have been successful through a mix of techniques such as back-fencing the paddocks, grazing from the back of the paddocks, getting cows in and out for three hour strips and utilising different entrances and exits off roadways.

Yields

On Peters farm there are 66 cows out of 90 spring calving cows now calved. The milking platform is 29 hectares so there is a big demand on his farm.

Peter said that milk solid yields, both proteins and butterfats, dropped considerably once the cows went back indoors on silage. “Protein dropped from 3.3% to 3% with just being back indoors 3 or 4 days from the previous weekend.

Labour

Apart from himself, this year Peter has as full-time student from Ballyhaise Agricultural College who is completing his three month placement. This is Peters first year taking on a student and he says that it is a massive help during the Spring period.

First Published 7 March 2017

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