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Clonakilty Agricultural College February Dairy Update

James Daunt, Dairy teacher at Clonakilty Agricultural College provides a January - February update on Dairying at the College. He talks about the 2021 Calving season, Co-op results and spring grazing and nutrient application in a short video here

Calving season 2021

The calving season started on Saturday 23rd January, and  since then we currently have 135 cows calved on the farm up to mid-February. We even had one cow from the sexed  semen trial who had triplet Friesian heifer calves. The chances of having three heifers’ calves from one cow are 1 in a 100,000.  Mother and daughters are very healthy, thankfully. We have continued to give cows over 4th lactation a calcium bolus after calving to avoid milk fever issues, and we’ve had no case of milk fever, and stock have been very healthy.

Current co-op results

The first collection of milk was sent away on Tuesday the 2nd February, and the Mid-February co-op results are as follows

  • Butterfat 4.36%
  • Protein 3.50%
  • Lactose 4.64%
  • SCC 160,000
  • TBC 9,000

Spring grazing and nutrient application

So far, 20% of the grazing area has had slurry applied by means of the low emission slurry spreading method and protected urea was spread on one third of the farm at a rate of 29kg per hectare, which is the same as 23 units per acre. Growth has been 22 Kg/Dm/Ha per day currently, and it was even as low as 4 kg/DM/Ha in January.

The current farm cover is 994 kg/Dm/Ha, and we had 14% of the farm grazed by mid February; this is slightly behind schedule. We have had 139mm of rainfall for the whole month of January.

Look out for our next update coming soon.

More on Clonakilty Agricultural College Farm here