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Herd Update 15.02.16

General Details

  • Calving has started this with with 8 cows calved by Friday 19th Feb
  • Farm is now closed to all visitors until 1st May 2016, this is to ensure good disease control
  • Plan to turn out some weanlings next week
  • As soon as soil temperatures rise, 23 units N (Urea)/acre will be applied on 50% of the farm

Grassland Details

  • Average farm cover 1102 kg DM/day on 18th Feb
  • Soil temperatures in Athenry currently 4 degrees
  • Average winter growth of 3.79 kg/dm/day
  • Much of this growth took place in November
  • Plan to turn replacement heifers out next week

Housing/Nutrition details

  • All cows receiving pre-calving minerals at rate of 100 grams/head/day
  • Replacement heifers to cease meal feeding
  • Second cut silage pit opened and being fed

Key recommendations for this week

  1. Ensure calving pens are bedded regularly
  2. Currently cows penned according to BCS and feed is being restricted to cows over 4 BCS
  3. Pre calving cows being fed straw 3 days each week
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