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Newford Notes - Week of 15th February 2021

Calving is now at halfway mark at Newford Farm. Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, gives an update on progress, details of calving scores, calf sires used, housing and feed management and cow foot-bathing details. Catch up here on the latest from Newford

Calving Progress

  • Calving activity is in full swing at the moment on Newford Farm
    • The first cow calved on the 26th of January
    • 45 cows out of 92 in-calf animals have calved up to 18th February
      • With 44 live calves on the ground within 23 days (49 % of the herd)
      • I calf die at a week old from a deform small intestine
    • There has been no calving difficulty to report thus far
    • Average weight of all calves born at the moment is 37 kg
    • Calving score to-date is detailed below



  • Newford Farm manager Iarlaith Collins is using the “No Feed of Silage Rule” during the day. It works as follows;
  • Cows are restricted access to silage from 8am to 4.30pm daily
  • The cows have access to straw only during this time period
  • Iarlaith has found this method very successful and it has contributed to more efficient time management and reducing labour requirements during the night
  • Out of the 45 cows calved at the moment 5 cows or 11 % of the herd have  calved between 1am and 6 am in the morning 


Cows have access to straw only by day           Electric wire in place to keep cows back from silage by day  

  • At the moment the farm is experience an infection of “Mortellaro” ( Digital Dermatitis) which is lameness within the herd and under vet instruction all animals had to be footbath for 4 days in a row and after the 4 days this procedure must done once a week  until all animals get to grass
  • Mortellaro ( Digital Dermatitis ) is a contagious condition appearing as a red sore that develops between the claws 
  • All animals were foot bathed in a solution of 5% copper sulphate (blue stone) and 5 % zinc sulphate


Newford Farm Video

Newford Farm has posted its latest farm video on the Teagasc Facebook page.                                           The video can be viewed here (using Google Chrome)



2020 Newford Farm performance review

  Newford farm 2020 is reviewed in this month’s Teagasc Today’s Farm or click on the link here 

 More information on the Newford Herd can be found here