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Tírlán Farmer Updates 2024

14th June

Farmer County Litres / Cow Fat % Protein % SCC kg MS/Cow Meal kg Average Farm Cover  Cover /LU Pre Grazing Yield  Demand/Ha Growth Rate/Ha Biodiversity Audit
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 26.7 3.90 3.47 77 2.02 5 394 122 1200 42 48 YES
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 22.4 4.56 3.92 132 1.96 6 549 129 1250 62 43 YES
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 25.3 4.14 3.57 81 2.01 6 518 169 1300 42 62 YES
Jack Kearney Cork 26.0 4.10 3.62 91 2.07 6 516 137 1200 56 44 YES
John Ryan Tipperary 23.3 4.19 3.69 134 1.89 3 587 125 1400 71 47 YES
Kevin Murphy Wexford 23.0 4.39 3.53 63 1.88 6           YES
*Mullen Farm Meath 25.5 3.84 3.52 111 1.93 6 437 109 1100 72 42 YES
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 23.8 4.25 3.41 63 1.82 4 692 179 1200 57 72 YES
Shay Ryan Wexford 23.5 4.20 3.60 114 1.89 4 656 166 1550 30 74 YES
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 25.2 4.16 3.49 62 1.99 5 621 244 1350 35 46 YES
Tom Fennelly Laois 23.0 4.07 3.63 106 1.82 4 571 162 1400 53 65 YES
* Winter milk          
Average   24.3 4.16 3.59 94 1.93 5 554 154 1295 52 54  
Average 16/06/2023 24 4.13 3.48 97 1.90 4.0 611 171 1480 55 52  

Farmer Focus

fertiliser bags and silage pit on farmThis Tuesday I was on the farm of John & Shane Fitzgerald near Portlaw, Waterford. Both John and Shane were busy spreading fertiliser and getting out slurry via LESS in preparation for 2nd cut. 0-7-30 was also being spread on the multi species swards as it makes up to 20% of the swards on the milking platform. Kate, Shane's fiancee did the grass walk with us and we did notice a fall off in the clover content of both the clover grass swards and the clover in the multi species. As alot of the paddocks were grazed well it will be left to score once they have a higher cover in a week or two. It just goes to show how important it is to walk the farm regularly. Decisions regarding PGC, supplementation etc all need to be monitored closely in order to maintain milk solids. Walk grass as often as you can. Shane had been feeding 4kgs meal and 4kgs silage as AFC was low. Growth was 72kgs/ha so demand could be increased and silage dropped. If the farm was not walked supplement would have been in too long. The next walk will deem if meal can be dropped. The 21 day submission rate was 80% and 28% was the return rate from those cows served 24 days plus.

31st May

Farmer County Litres / Cow Fat % Protein % SCC kg MS/Cow Meal kg Average Farm Cover  Cover /LU Pre Grazing Yield  Demand/Ha Growth Rate/Ha Clover Scored the MP
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 26.0 3.89 3.53 83 1.99 3 867 213 1600 69 110 Yes
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 24.1 4.65 3.94 159 2.13 3 492 115 1300 62 73 Yes
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 27.2 4.14 3.31 89 2.08 6 559 172 1300 45 45 Yes
Jack Kearney Cork 27.0 4.25 3.48 87 2.15 3 710 189 1500 56 51 Yes
John Ryan Tipperary 23.3 4.15 3.45 168 1.82 3 703 142 1500 74 73 Yes
Kevin Murphy Wexford 24.3 4.46 3.59 43 2.01 3 655 150 1530 70 83 Yes
*Mullen Farm Meath 27.0 3.92 3.40 108 2.04 3.5 479 119 1300 72 71 Yes
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 25.8 4.09 3.47 82 1.95 2 879 188 1500 79 93 Yes
Shay Ryan Wexford 24.0 4.10 3.60 87 1.90 3 780 198 1500 55 85 Yes
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 27.3 3.94 3.66 60 2.10 3 672 168 1400 60 70 Yes
Tom Fennelly Laois 23.0 4.23 3.40 74 1.81 6 478 135 1500 46 62 Yes
Average   25.4 4.17 3.53 95 2.00 4 661 163 1448 63 74  
Average 02/06/2023   26 4.04 3.52 104 2.01 3.0 781 196 1515 64 89  

*Winter milk
Group are measuring once if not twice a week a this stage

Farmer Focus

Future Farm Programme Co-Ordinator Sandra Hayes visited Tom & David Fennelly's farm in Co. Laois. She could see the evidence of lots of progress over the previous month - after-grass and reseeds.

Grassland

The farm has 80% of its 1st cut silage in and they reseeded a grass and fodder crop paddock with a multi species mix. Paddock sprayed off on 20th April and reseeded 10/11th May. Grass is tight now but surplus was taken to correct PGY as growth exceeded demand over a few weeks. On this walk we noticed that a lot of the clover dominant paddocks have less clover than last year. This was noticed this on many of the monitor farms. Soil fertility is excellent but a mixture of some heavy covers last year and this spring have impacted the clover.

Breeding

Breeding is going well with 94% submitted in 3 weeks. The heifers were synchronised and 2 Angus bulls are with them now. There were 200 sexed semen straws used, 83 on the heifers and rest on cows. Cow selection was on a number of criteria, high Protein %, good MS, positive for health and good maintenance figure too. Now a team of high DBI straws are being used.

Calves

Issue noted this week is coughing in the calves which are now on grass and a faecal sample as sent off to investigate further.


17th May

FarmerCountyLitres / CowFat %Protein %SCCkg MS/CowMeal kgAverage Farm Cover Cover /LUPre Grazing Yield Demand/HaGrowth Rate/HaASSAP farm visit in 2023
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 26.0 4.10 3.43 150 2.02 4 841 251 1300 50 65 YES
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 25.0 4.70 3.93 191 2.22 3 896 165 1650 84 148 YES
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 25.5 4.23 3.41 56 2.00 5           YES
Jack Kearney Cork 27.0 4.13 3.42 119 2.10 3 675 180 1400 56 72 YES
John Ryan Tipperary 26.8 4.05 3.48 114 2.08 3 661 134 1500 74 81 YES
Kevin Murphy Wexford 25.7 4.13 3.46 52 2.00 4 647 156 1300 69 62 YES
*Mullen Farm Meath 28.5 3.93 3.40 111 2.15 4 713 178 1500 72 85 YES
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 28.0 3.91 3.36 71 2.05 2 753 166 1600 76 79 YES
Shay Ryan Wexford 25.0 4.30 3.60 65 2.03 2 706 133 1700 85 93 YES
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 28.0 4.00 3.56 50 2.20 3 740 203 1350 55 108 YES
Tom Fennelly Laois 24.4 4.27 3.54 76 1.96 2 557 140 1400 64 84 YES
* Winter milk Group are measuring once if not twice a week a this stage        
Average   26.4 4.16 3.51 96 2.07 3 719 171 1470 69 88  
Average 19/05/2023 28 4.03 3.48 112 2.13 3 714 169 1590 64 84  

Farmer Focus

grass and clippersWe took the opportunity while grass measuring this week to see how silage crops were going. Tom Murphy near Inistioge, Kilkenny had grazed his silage ground once in early spring and a small section twice due to poor growth rates in April. All had received 2500 gallons of slurry plus 60 units PU + Sulphur. We cut and weighed using 16% DM and got between 5 and 6 ton DM/ha. We noticed some of the grasses had started to head out. We know the later you delay cutting the lower the DMD drops. If cut nearer to the 22nd May DMD averages at 76.6%, 29th May it drops to 74.6%. After achieving a growth rate of over 100kgs DM/ha we looked to the wedge as PGY was too high, over 1640. We took out surplus paddocks to drop the cover per cow to 165 kgs DM/ha. This increased the SR to 5.4LU/ha but this is only for a short period. We also did a predicted wedge for next week and we can see more surplus that can be taken out. This is an opportunity to correct the wedge, make surplus bales and get the PGY to closer to 1350kgs DM/ha. Breeding is on target for over 90% submission in 3 weeks.

Grass yield and digestibility

Harvest date 1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29 May 5 June 12 June
Yield (tDM/ha) 2.92 3.99 4.98 5.96 6.79 7.82 8.48
DMD% 79.9 77.9 77.5 76.6 74.6 69.2 67.9

Silage yields and digestibilities (DMD) will be lower than these vales


3rd May

FarmerCountyLitres / CowFat %Protein %SCCkg MS/CowMeal kgAverage Farm Cover Cover /LUPre Grazing Yield Demand/HaGrowth Rate/HaP, K & pH soil maps
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 24.75 4.58 3.91 165 2.16 2.8 739 162 1200 71 46 YES
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 27.4 4.08 3.32 86 2.09 5 500 114 1200 47 38 YES
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 25.5 4.27 3.39 39 2.12 6 931 298 2200 31 10 YES
Jack Kearney Cork 27.4 4.11 3.46 158 2.13 5 483 128 1300 56 44 YES
John Ryan Tipperary 27.5 3.97 3.53 147 2.12 3 699 149 1700 70 56 YES
Kevin Murphy Wexford 26.2 4.29 3.47 42 2.10 4 844 215 2750 59 48 YES
*Mullen Farm Meath 29.0 4.06 3.45 74 2.24 5 611 143 1400 29 29 YES
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 26.9 4.24 3.40 60 2.06 6 744 188 1200 63 50 YES
Shay Ryan Wexford 24.8 4.01 3.63 67 1.95 4 590 119 1400 35 44 YES
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 28.7 4.05 3.55 46 2.27 4 722 235 1450 38 52 YES
Tom Fennelly Laois 24.0 4.51 3.56 140 1.99 2 739 162 1850 64 70 YES
Average   26.6 4.20 3.52 93 2.11 4 691 174 1605 51 44  
Average 05/05/2023   29 4.10 3.52 101 2.23 4.0 735 181 1550 62 71  

*Winter milk

Farmer focus - John Ryan

This week Sandra Hayes was out with John Ryan, our monitor farmer in Tipperary. Along with the usual grass walk we did a clover score of all the paddocks on the milking platform.

Clover

The farm now has 32% of the MP at a high clover score which is 30% plus clover content in the sward. These are mainly the reseeds from the last few years. There is also 26% at a medium score which is 20% clover content. This score will allow John to reduce his nitrogen applications on these paddocks from May onwards.

Breeding

John started breeding with the heifers on the 18th of April. All heifers had a fixed time AI programme and now there is a Hereford bull in with them. The cows were started on the 17th April and 73.5% were submitted in 17 days. On Monday 29th April the last of the Friesian sexed semen straws were used. From 30th April all cows will receive beef AI as will any repeats. John used 70 Friesian sexed semen straws on cows and heifers and this will give him a minimum of 35 replacement heifer calves. All beef AI straws are selected from high DBI bulls focusing on gestation length, calving ease and beef carcass quality. John used the same protocol last year and he was very happy with the results he got. He has 41 heifers calves & all beef calves are now sold this year.

Grassland

John is following the cows with either 2500 gal/slurry/ac or 25 units PU + S. Results from the latest soil tests showing that all ground in the MP is now >6.2 pH and Index 3 or 4 for P and K.John Ryan's cows May 3rd 2024

 


19th April

FarmerCountyLitres / CowFat %Protein %SCCkg MS/CowMeal kgAverage Farm Cover Cover /LUPre Grazing Yield Demand/HaGrowth Rate/HaSustainability Action Protected Urea
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 25 4.05 3.28 150 1.85 4 884 276 2100 42 18 YES
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 25 5.03 3.65 154 2.23 4 913 215 1800 59 40 YES
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 26 4.54 3.21 56 2.07 6 1388 482 2500 43 18 YES
Jack Kearney Cork 28 4.46 3.44 145 2.27 4 662 176 1350 56 29 YES
John Ryan Tipperary 27 4.38 3.36 180 2.18 3 748 159 1600 42 36 YES
Kevin Murphy Wexford 26 4.55 3.36 102 2.10 4 1218 314 1600 38 39 YES
*Mullen Farm Meath 27 3.97 3.31 74 2.02 7 650   3000   23 YES
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 28 4.29 3.35 101 2.12 3 770 217 1600 56 27 YES
Shay Ryan Wexford 24 4.56 3.46 76 1.98 3           YES
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 28 4.33 3.37 68 2.20 4 700 270 1400 33 38 YES
Tom Fennelly Laois 24 4.69 3.59 146 2.05 3 724 198 1700 55 46 YES
Average   26 4.44 3.40 114 2.10 4 866 256 1865 47 31  
Average 21/04/2023 28 4.17 3.45 111 2.20 4.0 807 206 1670 58 49  

*Winter milk

Farmer Focus

Grass sward on Tirlan farmer Tom Murphy April 19th 2024Sandra Hayes was out grass measuring with Tom Murphy near Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny this week. Tom is on his 2nd round and graze out is variable depending on the weather at time of grazing. If no rain showers there was good graze out but heavy showers meant more was left in the paddock than Tom would like. He has about 40% of the round grazed. Cows are out day and night.

Cows are on 4kgs which will drop to 3kgs now.

Tom has 60 units of N out between chemical N and lagoon slurry. He will start to follow the cows with 20 units of Protected Urea plus Sulphur.

Tom put some of the cows, mainly 1st & 2nd calvers on OAD milking about a month ago. He is very happy with the condition they put on and they are now showing strong heats. He will do a pre breeding scan next week on cows that calved after 17th March and any cows that have not shown heats on the collars. Breeding for the cows starts 1st May, heifers on FTAI a few days later.

Aim for this week is to get pre grazing yield to 1300-1400kgs DM/ha by rectifying the wedge.


5th April

FarmerCountyLitres / CowFat %Protein %SCCkg MS/CowMeal kgAverage Farm Cover Cover /LUPre Grazing Yield Demand/HaGrowth Rate/HaSustainability Action LESS**
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 24 5.01 3.84 113 2.2 4 900 390 1100 41 22 YES
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 25 3.89 3.17 130 1.82 5 956 419 1300 30 16 YES
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 25 4.43 3.16 65 1.95 9           YES
Jack Kearney Cork 26 4.35 3.38 191 2.08 5 904 259 140 52 17 YES
John Ryan Tipperary 27 4.65 3.23 118 2.20 3 702 154 1600 41 18 YES
Kevin Murphy Wexford 26 4.65 3.08 5 2.07 8 930 274 2350 42 23 YES
*Mullen Farm Meath 29 4.27 3.27 111 2.25 6.5 701 165 2800 29 12 YES
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 26 4.47 3.21 85 2.00 3 821 377 2200 37 25 YES
Shay Ryan Wexford 25 4.60 3.30 120 2.03 4 1283 326 2800 28 34 YES
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 27 4.35 3.45 43 2.17 4 650 286 1450 24 18 YES
Tom Fennelly Laois 25 4.90 3.54 63 2.10 4 901 258 1500 49 35 YES
* Winter milk** LESS Low Emission Slurry Spreading         
Average   26 4.51 3.33 95 2.08 5 875 291 1724 37 22  
Average 05/04/2023 28 4.33 3.36 105 2.19 5.0 825 259 1670 43 33  

Farmer Focus

On badly damaged paddocks Steven spread 18-6-12. The P helps repair the damaged grass rootThis week I was with Steven Fitzgerald near Aglish in Co Waterford. Steven has been getting the cows to grass as much as he can. This has been achieved by walking the farm as much as he can so he can assess what fields can and cannot be grazed. On days where cows are in on silage they get 1-2kgs chopped beet and pit silage. Steven knows the quality of the silage at this stage is not great and protein % in the milk drops to 3.28%. When he gets grass back into the cows it rises to 3.48-3.5%. Over the last 2 weeks paddocks got 30 units of Pro Urea + Sulphur. On badly damaged paddocks Steven spread 18-6-12. The P helps repair the damaged grass root. The following video gives an overview of the spring and what Steven is going to do over the next 4/5 weeks in preparation for the breeding season.

Watch the video: Tough Spring and Breeding prep 2024

22nd March

FarmerCounty Average Farm coverGrowth Rate% calved% grazedMeal kgLitres/ cowFat %Protein %MS/CowSCC
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 1275 28 91 70 4 24.0 5.16 3.77 2.21 113
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 1174 15 99 35 4.0 25.0 4.43 3.16 1.95 170
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 1254   90 15 8.0 25.8 4.36 3.03 1.96 61
Jack Kearney Cork 788 22 99 72 4.0 26.0 4.92 3.26 2.18 218
John Ryan Tipperary 846 10 95 54 4.0 26.5 4.51 3.16 2.09 132
Kevin Murphy Wexford 800 18 83 56 6.0 25.0 4.71 3.16 2.02 44
*Mullen Farm Meath 1111 16 80 46 5.5 27.0 4.18 3.31 2.08 129
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 985 15 91 55 3.0 26.5 4.63 3.24 2.09 85
Shay Ryan Wexford 1148 19 95 40 3.0 26.5 4.65 3.25 2.16 120
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 871 29 97 70 4.0 25.6 4.54 3.28 2.00 63
Tom Fennelly Laois 937 35 91 72 6.0 24.2 4.56 3.36 1.97 130
* Winter milk           
Average 1017 21 92 53 4.7 26 4.60 3.27 2.06 115
Average 24th Mar 23 842 26 89 71 5 26 4.4 3.3 2.07 112

Farmer Review

Breeding Farm Walk - John RyanThis week I was out with our new monitor farmer Tom Murphy from near Inistioge in Kilkenny. First thing we do on all visits is to do up a grass walk. As Tom has topless cubicles he makes every effort to get his cows to grass every day possible. He finds it is better for the cow and greatly reduces high SCC and cases of mastitis in the spring. This has been tricky this spring but Tom has a good dry farm and by using on off grazing he has got cows to grass and tried to minimise poaching. All of the heavy covers, 1500 kgs DM/ha received 2500 gal/ac of slurry a month ago and Tom has also got 30 units of Protected urea out on other paddocks. The earliest paddocks grazed have a minimum of 800kgs DM/ha back on them. Tom also has 27 acres of red clover that he can zero graze and bring back to the dairy herd. Another ground inspection is needed to see when this can go ahead. Calving is on the wind down with less than 20 cows to calve.

We will be hosting a Breeding Farm walk as part of the Teagasc breeding week on next Wednesday 27th March in John ryan's farm in Gortnahoe, Co Tipperary. We will start at 11am and have speakers from Teagasc, Teagasc Dairy Beef 500 team, Dovea and Tirlan. All are very welcome to join us

 

8th of March

FarmerCounty Average Farm coverGrowth Rate% calved% grazedMeal kgLitres/ cowFat %Protein %MS/CowSCC
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 1348 23 75 40 4 24.0 5.19 4.01 2.26 125
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 1154 10 80 25 5.0 23.0 4.39 3.14 1.78 160
Francis Nolan Kilkenny     86   8.0 25.0 4.74 3.10 2.02 88
Jack Kearney Cork 956 17 91 47 4.0 25.6 5.00 3.28 2.18 147
John Ryan Tipperary 1103 31 87 30 5.0 24.5 4.84 3.26 2.04 75
Kevin Murphy Wexford 888 18 72 30 4.0 24.0 5.06 3.39 2.09 54
*Mullen Farm Meath 936 10 75 22 5.5 27.0 4.33 3.47 2.17 96
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 987 16 70 30 3.0 24.2 4.71 3.44 1.97 92
Shay Ryan Wexford 1269 16 83 25 3.5 24.0 4.70 3.43 2.01 135
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 900 18 85 40 4.0 24.6 4.80 3.60 2.13 71
Tom Fennelly Laois 752 10 82 47 5.0 21.0 4.63 3.31 1.72 176
* Winter milk           
Average 994 16 81 33 4.7 24.3 4.72 3.34 2.0 109
Average 10th Mar 23 738 15.0 79 50 5 26 4.6 3.5 2.2 107

Farmer review

Out this week with John Ryan in Gortnahoe, Co Tipperary. When we did the grass walk we were surprised how well the ground was holding up after the heavy rain on Monday night. It just goes to show that land needs to walked regularly as there may be an area availble for grazing and to limit too much damage. John has 87% calved and up to Monday had 28% grazed. The multi species reseed from 2023 was the first to be grazed and that had only 350 kgs DM/ha of a cover back on it. Other grass clover paddocks grazed in early February had 500/600 kgs DM/ha grown back. Graze out was variable depending on weather conditions but you could see the advantage to good road access and plenty of gateways in helping out with this. John has slurry out 2000-2500 gal/ac but this is mainly on the silage ground. Some of the milking platform has a mixture of soiled water and slurry spread. John plans to go with 25-30 units/ac of protected urea, ground weather conditions allowing in the next week. John has his first milk recording of 2024 booked in for next Monday. This will give him a look at how the herd's dry cow tube worked and to see if there any individual cow cases are present. At present herd SCC is at 75,000.

23rd of February

FarmerCounty Average Farm coverGrowth Rate% calved% grazedMeal kgLitres/ cowFat %Protein %MS/CowSCC
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 1462 13 53 18 3 20 5.36 4.09 1.95 249
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 1019 5 60 10 6.0 27 4.15 3.20 2.04 100
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 1500 11 72 2 5.0 27 4.63 3.47 2.25 78
Jack Kearney Cork 990 16 71 20 3.0 22 5.00 3.57 1.94 198
John Ryan Tipperary 970 10 77 18 4.0 24 4.68 3.43 2.00 190
Kevin Murphy Wexford 1122 9 55 8 4.0 20 5.01 3.77 1.81 76
*Mullen Farm Meath 848 4 55 8 5.0 27 4.26 3.51 2.16 150
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 921 7 55 5 3.0 22 4.73 3.59 1.88 255
Shay Ryan Wexford 1278 12 75 20 3.0 21 4.65 3.73 1.81 165
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 1056 12 63 10 3.0 18 4.95 3.83 1.63 137
Tom Fennelly Laois 838 11 68 24 3.0 21 5.17 3.75 1.93 164
* Winter milk           
Average 1091 10 64 13 3.8 23 4.78 3.63 1.9 160
Average 27th Feb 23 837 15.0 69 33 4 25 4.9 3.6 2.2 134

Group review

field and bag of feedThe monitor farms have on average 65% calved but witht the difficult grazing weather the % grazed varies from 2 to 20%. All farms are trying to get out to grass. They are using good roadways, plenty of gaps, trying to let cows into paddocks one way and out another and using on off grazing. While I with Jack Kearney cows were let out at 10am, brought back in at 1pm, no access to silage, milked at 3pm, back out to grass for 2/3 hours and in for few kgs silage. This works well when you are restricted with wet weather. Some herds milked OAD for a few weeks as well. We are updating the grass budgets and this weeks growth's have been between 10-13kgsDM/ha. These are higher than we predicted so budgets are adjusted to allow more grass and reduce silage intake. Most of the farms have some slurry applied to lower cover paddocks at 2000 gal/ac. Protected Urea is in the yards waiting for this weekend or next week to spread. Target is to spread 23 units/ac where no slurry has been applied. Soil temperatures have been between 8-9 degrees.

9th of February

FarmerCounty Opening Farm coverWinter Growth RatePre Grazing YieldAverage Closing coverClosing Pre grazing Yield
Tom Murphy Kilkenny 1335 10 2000 711 1100
Donal Kavanagh Wicklow 1019 5 2000 716 1800
Francis Nolan Kilkenny 1500 11 3000 722 2200
Jack Kearney Cork 903 5 1850 695 1700
John Ryan Tipperary 1048 5 1700 592 1300
Kevin Murphy Wexford 1122 9 2000 578 1250
*Mullen Farm Meath 848 4 1300 568 975
Shane Fitzgerald Waterford 921 7 1500 745 1300
Shay Ryan Wexford 1278 12 2400 615 1300
Steven Fitzgerald Waterford 835 8 1700 655 1300
Tom Fennelly Laois 864 4 1800 621 1500
* Winter milk            
             
Average 1061 7 1932 656 1430

grass measuring equiptmentAll opening covers have been completed over the last 2 weeks. Winter growth has varied from 4kgs DM/ha to 12kgs DM/ha. We have completed spring grass budgets for most of the monitor farms and they are all following the spring rotation planner. Those with high opening farm covers will try and get 35-40% grazed in February if weather conditions allow. The high opening covers have allowed a grass budget of just grazed grass and meal which if weather allows will be great for the cows, great for workload reduction for the farmer and a huge saving in silage. After having the group profit monitor meeting on the 12th of January there was a refocus on how important it is to maximise the amount of grazed grass you can get into your cows. It is a huge driver of farm profitability. Grazed grass is good for the cow, the farmer and the environment!