One calf die from a twisted gut and traces of crypto
2 cows left to calved
The average weight of all the calves born so far is 43 Kgs
Bull calves 45 Kgs
Heifer calves 41 Kgs
The average Calving score is 1.29 Summary as below
The below table shows a breakdown of the sires verse’s the calves weights
Newford farm has 50 cows and calves indoors at the moment. Lime is been spread on the slats and on the calves straw bedded area to keep infections under control
Cows will be treated for Leptavoid H and received a mineral bolus on Friday 12th
Two teaser bulls have been purchased and will arrived on the farm in the coming days
The breeding season will begin on the 23rd of April in Newford this year and Matthew (farm manager) will be carrying out the AI for 2018
Due to the poor weather the yearling animals will remain indoors until conditions allow them to go to grass.
10 of the replacement heifers on the contract rearing farm were at grass, but due to the poor weather they have been rehoused again. They have received their Leptavoid H and in the coming days, all 26 replacement heifers will be given a mineral bolus
The average soil temperature in Newford this week was 9.6 degrees
With the breeding season approaching fast, the farm needs to build up grass on the home farm. To be able to maintain the 107 cows during AI.
Grass growth rate on the home farm was 26 Kg DM/Ha this week.
Slurry has been spread on some of the home farm at a rate of 1,700 gals per acre
The below diagram shows how difficult spring grass growth this year is as compared to 2017.
2018 grass growth is the green line.
Note : Grass Growth on the 10th April 2017 last year was 39 Kg/Ha on the home farm and a Farm cover of 873 Kg/Ha
Grass Growth this year on the 9th April 2018 was 26 Kg/Ha on the home farm with a farm cover of 418 Kg/Ha
Key recommendations for this week
Monitor all cows constantly inside and outside.
Record all tag numbers of cows bulling
Monitor cows for Grass Tetany
Watch out for any pneumonia in the calves outside
Monitor grass growth closely
Cows to received their Lepto vac and mineral bolus
Draw up the selection of bulls for breeding (ICBF) and order AI straws