Steven Fitzgerald - Aglish West Waterford
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- Steven is farming with his parents, 121Ha near Aglish, Co. Waterford, of which 52Ha is leased.
- They are milking 123 cows in 2019 and 40 replacement units. The plan is to milk 180 cows.
- The calving interval is 367 days and a 93% six week calving rate.
Calving and early grass 2023
Steven Fitzgerald outlines to programme co ordinator Sandra Hayes Teagasc how calving 2023 is going for him. He stresses the importance of getting lighter covers grazed to have 25-30% grazed by end of Feb so that slurry can be applied to have it back for the 2nd rotation in early April
Steven Fitzgerald Farm 2023
Aglish Farm figures May 15th
Milk Kg/Day - 29.1
Fat % - 4.02
Protein % - 3.55
Milk solids/Day Kg - 2.28
Average Farm cover - 615
Demand Kg DM ha - 46
Growth Kg DM ha - 62
- I am very happy with how breding is going, its day 11 & 60% bred
- Strong grass plus 1kg meal. 90% are weaned
- Surplus was taken out over the weekend to ensure PGY is kept at 1400-1500kgs DM/ha
Videos showing Steven's sustainability actions
Biodiversity on Steven's farm is quite good. Enhancing the current features is his main aim. To enhance hedges means allowing them to grow taller, up to 5 ft and to do this gradually over a few years. Also to allow flowering whitethorn and blackthorn tree to grow in the hedge allowing them to flower
Steven takes regular soil samples, every year a fertiliser plan is put in place which he follows. This helps him identify the fields that need additional lime or P&K. Clover has been encouraged through good grassland management practice. When reseeding - 10% every year, he incorporates 1.5kg clover
This is a family farm with Steven's parents & wife Catriona involved. Steven & his Dad primarily work the farm with a student in the Spring & some family labour. Cows have increased from 70 to 170 cows. They have put in a new cubicle shed & are expanding the milking parlour from a 12 to 24 unit.
For the last 5-10 years Fitzgerald's have been trying to breed the most efficient cow. Focussing on EBI & the size of the cow they have more solids for a smaller cow. The EBI of the herd is €196 right now, with strong fertility. Just 6% were empty this year the target is keep under 10% every year
Start of 2022 Breeding Season
Steven outlines his preparation work before the 2022 Breeding season. He notes the importance of having a plan in place and he is using Sire advice on the ICBF website to help him allocate what bulls he is using for what cow. He also uses sexed semen and selects the beef breeds from the DBI listings.
Video Signpost Programme
This video gives an overview of the farm & explains the plan to increase cow numbers gradually over the next 5/6 years. Last year they invested in winter accommodation for 70 cubicles & plan on doing the milking parlour next. Every year they are trying to do something to improve the farm.
Updates from Previous Years
Steven Fitzgeralds outlines his fertilizer and labour plans for spring 2020.