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Updates 2019

Week Ending 7th November 2019

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

Growth Rate/Ha

12.0 5.35 4.34 185 1.20 3.0 892   1932 41 20

Updates 2020

Week StartLitres/ CowFat %Protein %SCCkg MS/CowMeal kgAverage Farm CoverCover/LUPre Grazing Yield kg DMDemand kg DM/Ha

Growth Rate kkg DM/Ha

November 3rd  13.7 5.4 4.46 162 1.39 3.5 551 157 1450 30 17
Comment 

Weanlings housed at weekend. Hope to weigh and freeze brand next week. Cows still out full time, buffering with silage after both milkings.

October 27th  13.6 5.26 4.39 149 1.35 3 672 191 1800 30 41
 Comment

Grass cover from milking platform, zero grazed now finished, silage back in diet, 49% closed of the grazing block, in calf heifers housed today, Tuesday

October 19th  15.5 5.09 4.29 1.50 3 96 1400 584 160 31 25
 Comment  
October 12th  15.92 4.96 4.23 136 1.51 3 605 161 3000 + zero grazed 32 30
 Comment

Zero grazed grass now in cow diet 7kgs DM/cow / 15% closed of the grazing block, 30% to be grazed by 20th Oct / 90% of zero grazing block closed / 14 tonnes of grass DM grown to date MP

October 5th  16.73 4.65 4.23 197 1.53 3 761 202 1800 32 48
 Comment Zero gazed grass now in cow diet, Grazing gone to 40 day rotation, Started closing paddocks now
 September 28th 18.38 4.7 4.0 224 1.65 2 956 254 2350 63 51
 Comment Sold 5 cows, low yielders, to factory this week
September 21st  17.9 4.57 3.8 112  1.54 2 1182 314 2750 63 80
Comment  Dropped meal to 2 kgs
September 14th  18.27 4.52 3.99 141  1.60 3 1123 286 2000  63 83
 Comment

6% cows empty, 100% heifers in calf. Vaccinating all stock for salmonella this week

September 7th  19 4.34 3.89 141  1.61 3 1069 273  1700 63 79
Comment  Last section of fertiliser being applied. Carrying out repairs to farm roadways this week.
 August 31st  19.4 4.47 3.74 141  1.66 3 1088 278 1700  67 90
 Comment Gortnahoe, Co. Tipperary. Growth still going well. Working away at second cut silage this week.
August 24th 20 4.35 3.74 141  1.67 2 1108 283   67 129
Comment

Autumn grass budget completed on target with my High SR. Should avoid zero grazing until mid September. Have 2 paddocks to take out on outside block as soon as weather allows

August 17th 21.5 4.16 3.73 144 1.75 2 862 208 2000 66 66
Comment  
August 10th 21 3.98 3.77   1.68 2 962 232   66 111
Comment

Back on track with growth this week, 33 versus 111kg DM. Got 5 bales/ac on 3rd cut today

August 3rd 21.3 4.22 3.73   1.74 2 659 159   66 34
Comment

Baled more second cut yesterday, Monday

July 20th 21 4.17 3.71   1.70 2 673 160   67 57
Comment

Reseeding paddock on Milking platform this week

July 13th 22.5 4.39 3.66   1.87 2 682 162   67 101
Comment

Heifers scanned today, all in calf. Baling 2nd cut today Tuesday, more to be completed this week if weather suits

July 6th 23.3 4.36 3.65 141 1.92 2 704 165 1600 68 95
Comment

Growth at 95 so another 2 paddocks taken out for bales. Finishing breeding cows & heifers this Friday. 12 weeks done

June 29th 22.5 4.29 3.55   1.82 3 772 172   72 101
Comment Growth now at 101 so another 3 paddocks on the milking platform taken out for bales, puts SR at 4.29LU/Ha this week
June 22nd 25 4.17 3.73   2.03 3 874 193   72 82
Comment

Dropped meal to 3kgs. Growth now at 82 so another paddock on milking platform taken out for reseeding. Second cut silage to do this week

June 15th 25 4.13 3.71   2.02 4 782 183   60 69
Comment

Got rain over the weekend, drove growth back to 69. Strip wire and zero grazing gone out of the system

June 8th 23.5 4.21 3.71   1.92 4 558 130   39 34
Comment

Growth falling, silage went into cow diet middle last week. Some of silage ground good enough to zero graze this week

June 1st 25 3.87 3.73 141 1.96 3 721 168 1700 68 59
Comment

Grass growth still holding. Approximately 70% of herd held to 1st service of AI

May 25th 26 4.02 3.73 141 2.07 3 741 173 1700 68 55
Comment  
May 18th 26.8 3.87 3.68   2.08 3 807 189   68 49
Comment

1st Cut silage finished tomorrow Wednesday, Breeding going very well, Following the cows with Protected Urea

May 11th 26.8 3.86 3.66   2.08 3 964 225   68 120
Coment

95% submitted in 1st 3 weeks, Reseeded 1.6Ha’s this week, 3.6Ha’s of 1st cut done last week.

May 5th 25 4.09 3.73   2.01 3 807 179 2000 72 90
Comment Dropped AFC to 807 after taking 2 paddocks out for silage. 18-6-12 this round and then back to Protected Urea. Breeding going well. 6 poor yielding cows to be sold this week.
April 27th 25 3.92 3.67   1.95 3 754 176 1600 68 117
Comment 45/ 130 cows AI'd week 1 of breeding. On target to achieve 90% submitted in 3 weeks. Hereford beef bull now with the heifers as synchronised programme complete.
April 20th 25.17 4.13 3.64   2.02 3 550 129 1300 64 53
Comment Started breeding at the weekend. All breeding heifer calves weaned and out to grass. Any cow calved over 30 days with no heat shown was scanned last Friday.
April 13th 25 4.46 3.32 238 2.2 3 640 150 1600 64 90
Comment Cows at grass full time. Meal cut from 5 to 3kgs. Last cow calved at weekend. Spread 1.6 bags/ac 18-6-12 next round
April 6th 26.25 4.07 3.51 130 2.05 5 464 109 1251 30 37
Comment Finished zero grazing , meal 5kg, silage 6kg, grass 7kg. Grass behind target so we will feed silage at night. Start the second rotation 9th April, 1200 DM/Ha on first paddock
March 30th 27 4.27 3.46   2.15 5 522 192 2000 31 20
Comment 70 units N out MP. Some silage fertiliser out. 97.5% calved, 3 left. 13% of 1st rotation left to graze. Aim to start 2nd rotation 10th April
March 23rd 25 4.35 3.46   2.41 5 586 381 2581 8 25
Comment  
March 16th 23 4.48 3.36   1.86 5 586 381 1200 8 25
Comment 65% grazed. Second round of fertiliser next week. Average weight of maiden heifers 327kg, weighed 18/03/2020. Started zero grazing this week, following with slurry when conditions allow
 March 2nd 21.6 4.42 3.32   3 3 540 351 1200 8 6
 Comment 22 % grazed. 89% calved. All beef animals are now sold off the farm. 5kg DM grass, 3kg meal and 10kg DM silage.
February 18th           5 690   1000 11 10
Comment Cows out by day since February 1st. Getting 5kgs grass, 5kgs meal and 5kgs silage. Half a bag of protected urea spread on 50% of farm, 2500 gallons of slurry on the rest.

 

Managing Grass Post Draught

Managing grass post drought and measuring feed for next winter