Dairy Newsletter - December 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Dairy team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Dusting cubicle beds; Feed lighter weanling heifers to catch up to target; Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: facilities and practices & Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene!
In this month's edition:
- Dusting cubicle beds
David Gleeson at Teagasc Moorepark looked at the effects of dusting cubicles with hydrated lime, ground limestone or a mixture of the two. All products were effective at disinfecting the cubicles without any adverse reaction to cows’ teats due to the higher pH of the hydrated lime.
- Feed lighter weanling heifers to catch up to target
Weanling heifers are by now settled onto winter diets. A simple target is to keep weight gain at 18kg per month or 0.6kg per day for heifers that are already on target for age and breed.
- Special feature - Setting up the farm for spring: facilities and practices
In the second of our special features looking at setting up your farm for spring 2021, Marion Beecher and Martina Gormley look at getting your facilities and practices ready. Research indicates that inefficient work practices and inadequate facilities contribute to an increased workload on dairy farms.
- Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene!
The focus this month is on the main points to remember on the day of dry off.
- Health & Safety - Prevent fire deaths in the home
Deaths due to fire are a source of tragedy in farmhouses. An Irish Health Research Board (HRB) study has shown that farmers and agricultural workers account for 20% of fire deaths nationally.