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Glanbia Monitor Farm Update – Brendan Phelan

Brendan plans to milk 180 crossbred cows this year on a 57ha milking platform.

Updated performance for week ending March 3rd 2017

Milk KG/Day 19.6
Fat % 5.14
Protein % 3.54
Milk Solids/Day 1.7
Meal kg/cow/day 3
Average Farm Cover 1102
Cover per Cow -
Pre Grazing Yield KG DM 1100
Demand KG DM HA 24
Growth KG DM HA 12

 

Grazing Conditions Difficult

Brendan had 24% of the farm grazed week commencing Feb 27th but was finding grazing conditions difficult. He is trying to keep silage out of the diet. Cows are on/off grazing for three hour bouts and his cull cows are out and grazing lighter covers to get through more grass. Brendan will spread 2½ bags of 18-6-12/ac this week (w/c 6th March) weather dependent.

Grass Wedge 27th February 2017

Good cleanout on Monday 27th of February in Kilkenny

 Labour

Brendan currently has a full time labour unit with him for the calving period. Of the 180 cows 110 are already calved.

All heifers are contract reared.

First Published 03 March 2017

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