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Johnstown Farm Update:14th November 2017 (PDF)

Johnstown Castle Dairy unit specialising in winter milk research is located 5km from Wexford Town in the South East of Ireland. It forms part of the Johnstown Castle Estate, where the main centre for the Teagasc Environment programme is located; also on the estate is the EPA headquarters, Dept of Agriculture offices along with a substantial beef research farm. The Johnstown Herd was established in 2003 to provide a base for winter milk systems research in Teagasc

Dairy Farm Manager: Aidan Lawless

Location: Latitude 52°17’N, Longitude 06°30’W, Elevation 55m

Area: 70 Ha consisting of  50ha experimental area, for milking herds a further 20ha used for environmental experiments & rearing of replacements 

Soil Type: The distribution pattern of the soils within Johnstown Castle dairy farm is complex, due to the intricate pattern of the drift deposits from which the soils are derived. The soils range from reasonably free draining Brown Earths to soil with moderate or poor drainage capacity such as gley soils.

Paddocks: 58 paddocks, with further sub-division options

Milking Cows: 140 - 130 on current experiment, plus reserves. Numbers subject to scientific protocol

System: Approx. 65% of the herd are autumn-calving. The calving season typically commences in late September and continues for 11-12 weeks. Cows are housed when target closing farm pasture cover is reached, or as dictated by weather conditions. The indoor feeding programme varies according to treatment, ranging from grass silage, to a total mixed diet incorporating grass silage, maize silage and concentrate. Target Spring turnout date is the 1st February with pasture allowance being determined by spring rotation planner in conjunction with weekly farm covers. All male calves are sold externally or to the Johnstown beef unit, typically at 3 weeks of age, while the heifer calves are reared on a separate section of the farm

Dairy Building Infrastructure

  • Milking parlour: 18 unit herring bone with ACR and auto ID
  • Winter accommodation- 166-space cubicle shed in 8 divisions 
  • Straw bedded calving pens and calf rearing shed
  • Silage pits x 8

Farm Map

Milking Cows: 140 - 130 on current experiment, plus reserves. Numbers subject to scientific protocol

System: Approx. 65% of the herd are autumn-calving. The calving season typically commences in late September and continues for 11-12 weeks. Cows are housed when target closing farm pasture cover is reached, or as dictated by weather conditions. The indoor feeding programme varies according to treatment, ranging from grass silage, to a total mixed diet incorporating grass silage, maize silage and concentrate. Target Spring turnout date is the 1st February with pasture allowance being determined by spring rotation planner in conjunction with weekly farm covers. All male calves are sold externally or to the Johnstown beef unit, typically at 3 weeks of age, while the heifer calves are reared on a separate section of the farm.

Dairy Farm Manager: Aidan Lawless, Teagasc Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford 

 

Current Experiment 2016 - 2018 

A comparison of milk production profiles and feed budgets for winter milk systems based on varying proportions of autumn calving.

The objective of this experiment is to establish milk supply profiles and detailed feed budgets for these systems and then to determine the economics of these supply profile, both at farm production level and processor level

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