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Breeding Management

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.

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Fundamental to achieving the targets are excellence in the following areas:

MATING MANAGEMENT

GENETICS

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

DISEASE - Types of most common disease affecting calf and cow