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Glanbia Monitor Farm Update– Conor Beausang

This week Richard O’Brien, visited Conor Beausang’s farm in Grange, Co. Waterford. Conor milks 100 commercial Holstein Friesian dairy cows on his 45 hectare grazing platform. He farms 74ha in total.

Conor plans to increase this number to 120 by 2018. Conor also keeps cattle and some tillage on the farm. There are 28.5 ha available to cows at this time. The cows are currently stocked at 3.5 Lu/ha.

Current Performance

Milk Kg/Day 24.68
Fat % 3.98
Protein % 3.52
Milk Solids/Day Kg 1.85
Meal Kg/cow/day 0
Average Farm Cover kgdm/ha 610
Cover per Cow 172
Pre Grazing Yield kgdm/ha 1600
Demand kgdm/ha 64
Growth kgdm/ha 84

 

Grassland Management

‘I will be taking out more paddocks this week,’ explained Conor. ‘Grass is still growing very well. We are spreading one bag of CAN per acre after grazing. This will be reduced to 20 units per acre in July.’

Grass wedge 27/06/2016

Breeding

Nine weeks of AI have now been completed on the farm. Conor aims to finish AI by 9 July.

‘On 27 June, we weighed the calves. The average was 141kg. Four calves weighed under 130kg so they will be separated out and given additional feeding,’ said Conor.

Grass Growth

Conor admits that grass growth has been very positive; ‘Our grass has grown very well over the last nine weeks. On average, the farm has grown 83kgdm/ha/day. 160 quality surplus bales have been taken out during this period. To date the farm has grown on average 6.46 tonne/DM/ha. “The growth during the spring was about half of last year but it has caught up since,” Conor explained.

2016 vs 2015 Grass Growth Measurements (to date)

2016                                  2015

Milk Yield

‘Our milk yield has held very well for the last four weeks. The drop in yield is less than 10% for this period. Keeping quality grass in front of the cows is maintaining yield. Protein percent has varied depending on quality of pregrazing cover.’

Milk yield for the last 4 weeks

Richard O’Brien, co-ordinator of the Glanbia monitor farm programme, believes that the next few weeks could prove critical to next year’s success, ‘Plan your silage for next winter. Get the right amounts of N, P and K out. This will maximise your chances of making quality silage. Most farms will need two bales of quality silage per cow especially at high stocking rates, so it is therefore crucial to make high quality forage for the herd.’

First published 4 July 2016

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