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Dairy Herd

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The college calved down 194 cows in Spring 2019. The dairy cows are 100% spring - calving. Cows began calving in the thrid week of January and finish in mid April. All heifer calves are kept as replacements while the majority of bulls are sold at the mart. It is a split herd of Holstein Fresian and Jersey - cross breds. There are 100 grazing paddocks on the college farm (80 experimental and 20 for other use). In conjunction with Teagasc Moorepark Animal & Grassland & Innovation Programme the college is at present examining the implications for grazing tetraploid and diploid grass swards, with and without white clover using two rates of nitrogen. 

Milking

At peak yield our cows milk 23 litres/cow per day. We have a 20 unit dairymaster swiftflo bailing milking parlour with milkmeters and ACRs. Moomonitors+ are also used. During lactation we target an annual concentrate budget of 400kg per cow. During Spring we typically feed 3-5 kg per day and 0.5-1 kg per day during the summer months.

 

Updates 2020

February 17th 

70% calved. 1st calving on Jan 7th. ICBF Expected calving start was Jan 24th. 73 live heifers and 56 live bulls to date. Calves adjusting well to new 4 calf auto feeder. Cows out as weather permits, offered 10 kg DM + 4 kg meal. Av GR 15 kg DM/Ha/day and AFC 1110 kg DM/Ha (Whole dairy). Av yield through parlour 23.08 kg. Co-op Bf, Pr, SCC  4.78, 3.40, 114. 70% of farm got half a bag of urea. 30 % got 2,500 gallons slurry per acre in last week of Jan.