Matthew Murphy, Newford Farm, Athenry, Co. Galway
"Growth has eased back a little in the west this week with a growth of 53kg/DM/Ha/day being recorded here in Newford. This is a little below our demand figure of 65kg/ha/day but hopefully with temperatures coming back to normal at the weekend growth will increase. We currently have 11 days ahead and our farm cover is at 702kg/DM/Ha. We are stocked at 4.91 L.U/Ha on the grazing ground or 3260 kg/LW/Ha. We took out 6 strong paddocks last week and this has left things a little tight. Our first breeding scan went well with 61 cows out of a possible 79 in calf to calve in the first 4 weeks of the 2017 calving season. Heifers also scanned well with 19/25 in calf for the first 4 weeks. We are due to scan again at the end of the month. In light of extra heifers coming in and the good scanning rate we choose to finish breeding 1 week early and bulls came out on Monday 11th July. Bull calves were weighed on 29th June and weighed 175 kg with an average DOB of 20/3/16 are currently gaining 1.29 kg/day while heifer calves weighed 163kg with an average DOB of 16/03/2016 and are gaining 1.18kg/day. We will castrate our male calves at the end of this month".
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