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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%
Overview of farm and farming system

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.



Farm Updates


2021

Week  Litres/ CowFat %Protein %SCCkg MS/CowMeal kgAverage Farm CoverCover/LUPre Grazing YieldDemand/Ha

Growth Rate/Ha

August 27th 21.64 4.07 3.51 113 1.69 2.5 1114 328 1800 54 100
August 22nd 21 4.21 3.48 80 1.56 3.0 618 142 1400 63 76
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.
August 11th 21.3 4.20 3.42 89 1.64 3.0 603 144 1600 60 37
July 14th 23.0 4.14 3.30 125 1.75 2.5 740 177 1500 57 59
July 1st 24.5 3.98 3.44 57 1.87 3.0 605 134 1600 41 72
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.
June 16th 24.6 4.10 3.45 70 1.85 3.0 637 150 1600 57 48
June 2nd 26.8 3.85 3.43   2.01 3.0 562 125 1400 61 66
 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.
May 17th 28.0 3.82 3.52   2.06 3.0 835 168 1400 67 61
 Comment: Taking paddocks out for silage when weather allows. 30 units of protected urea spread and over sown clover. Reseeding paddock.
May 5th 29.6 3.77 3.54 71 2.16 3.0 716 182 1600 63 50
April 27th 30.0 3.71 3.52   2.12 3.0 716 182 1400 63 50
 Comment: Started breeding on Monday (26th of April). Over sowing clover in new reseeds whereweeds are not a problem.
17th April 29.7 3.71 3.48   2.15 3.0 750 191 1400 53 63 
Comment: Just finished third round of protected urea plus sulpher, bringing it up to 105 units per acre on the platform.
March 19th 27.0 4.04 3.29   1.79 6.0 644 203 1600 28 7
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.      
February 24th 22.8 4.66 3.70   1.70 6.0 1042 328 1500    
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

2020 and 2019 Updates

Managing hedgerows this Autumn

Donal Kavanagh Teagasc Glanbia Future Farm talks to Aoife Leader Teagasc about managing hedgerows this Autumn.