Donal Kavanagh - Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow
Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm Focus
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- Donal is farming 154Ha near Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, of which 45Ha are owned.
- He milked 258 cows in 2019 and the plan is to milk 220 cows with 60 replacement units.
- The calving interval is 374 days and a six week calving rate of 86%
Donal gives an overview of his farm and farming system. He gives an insight into what steps he is doing to improve the sustainability and efficiency of his farm.
|Week||Litres/ Cow||Fat %||Protein %||SCC||kg MS/Cow||Meal kg||Average Farm Cover||Cover/LU||Pre Grazing Yield||Demand/Ha||
|Comment:||Another paddock sprayed off and reseeded by direct drill. Bull out 3 weeks. Drying off Autumn cows. Tar on udders and fly prevention treatment for Atutumn calving heifers and cows.|
|Comment:||Another paddock out today for bales. Slurry tower empty, slurry spread with trail and chew on silage ground. Fertiliser blanket spread on farm every four weeks of 35 units protected urea with sulphur. Oversown another paddock with 2.5 kg per acre made up of 50/50 of Buddy and Crusader.|
|Comment:||Taking out farm 3 more paddocks. AI mostly repeats with beef straws for 2 more weeks and bulls out then. Trailing shoe slurry on cut paddocks.|
|Comment:||Taking paddocks out for silage when weather allows. 30 units of protected urea spread and over sown clover. Reseeding paddock.|
|Comment:||Started breeding on Monday (26th of April). Over sowing clover in new reseeds whereweeds are not a problem.|
|Comment:||Just finished third round of protected urea plus sulpher, bringing it up to 105 units per acre on the platform.|
|Comment:||Just finishing spreading second round of protected urea which is a total of 70 units spread so far on the platform. Will spread silage fertilizer this week.|
|Comment:||12% grazed on off grazing weather permitting. No protected urea spread yet. 60% calved. 20% of platform covered with slurry in January.|
Updates from Previous Years
Donal Kavanagh Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm talks to Aoife Leader Teagasc about managing hedgerows this Autumn.