Excellence in breeding management underpins profitability on Irish dairy farms.
Nationally only 58% of the dairy herd calves in the first six weeks of the calving season in a calving interval of 394 days: the Teagasc targets are 80% calved in the first six weeks and a calving interval of 365 days.
Fundamental to achieving the targets are excellence in the following areas:
Dairy Cow Reproduction (PDF)
Dairy Cow Breeding (PDF)
REARING REPLACEMENT HEIFERS
The Teagasc Dairy Manual, Chapter 43 have more data about: "How to achieve successful calving at 24 months of age" - Replacement heifer Management (PDF) also More guidelines on Calving and Calf Health (PDF), Chapter 49.
Further material: Target Heifers weight calculator (Excel Doc).
NUTRITION - Supplementation in diet