Newford Suckler herd was scanned last Tuesday the 13th of August and out of the 102 cows which were bred at the start of the breeding season
88 cows scanned in-calf
69 cows held to 1st services
16 cows held to 2nd services
3 cows held to 3rd services
One set of twins
10 weeks breeding
The replacement Heifers on the contract rearing farm were also scanned
11 heifers out of 21 scanned in-calf
These heifers were AI over a 6 ½ weeks period
The heifers not in-calf will return home to be finish off as beef animals
The 2 teaser bulls who were running with the suckler cows is now on 8 Kg of concentrates and will be sold off at a later stage
All the calves were weighted on the 31st of July. Summary as follow
All the male calves were castrated on the 31st of July by the vet, with no set back to their health.
Calves are been creep fed at the moment, a trough has been place in the next field and the calves are going under a raised wire to get at the creep.
All the beef animals are on Cones farm and are thriving well on this block of ground. Most of the suckler cows and calves have been move to Tuohy’s and GortnaHabhainn farms for the moment, but will be move back home to the Newford farm for weaning. The first calvers and some of the lighter cows and calves are on the home farm in Newford
Grass measurement taken on the 12th of August
Most of Newford home farm has been closed for pit silage , weather depending next week , Newford is aiming to cut this silage and spread one bag per of protect Urea 46% after the cut .
A grass sample will be taken to check for sugars and nitrogen levels before cutting
The below diagram is the grass growth on the home farm
Key recommendations for this week
Watch calves closely for pneumonia.
Watch cows for summer mastitis
Order worm drench for calves
Monitor grass growth closely
Keep mineral buckets out in paddocks with the cows