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Clonakilty Agricultural College Dairy Update December 2021

All cows are now dry on the Clonakilty College Dairy Farm Unit. Some selective dry cow therapy was used. James Daunt, Dairy teacher, has details on this and on the various activities taking place on the farm in the December Dairy update. Wishing you a happy Christmas and New Year from the college

 Drying Off & Other Farm Tasks

  • All cows are dry on the college farm, and the remaining 83 cows were dried off on the 10th of December.
  • In total, 75 cows out of 177 were dried off using selective dry cow therapy. This is where antibiotics are not used, and teat sealer is only used to dry off these cows.
  • Before the cows were dried off, all their tails and freeze brands were trimmed to help maintain hygiene standards during the dry cow period.
  • All cows this week will be dosed for worms and liver fluke, a pour on treatment will also be used. 
  • The cows will be weighed, and body condition scored as well. After this, cows will be separated into different groups based on their body condition scores and fed accordingly over the dry cow period.
  • We will be foot-bathing the cows this week too and on a number of occasions during the dry cow period.
  • At the moment, some new roadways are being developed on the college dairy, and there is plenty of fencing and new water troughs going in as well. This should further improve our grazing infrastructure and grassland management for next year.

Thank you for tuning in for this update. I would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year from everyone here in Clonakilty Agricultural College.

More on Clonakilty Agricultural College Farm here