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HERD UPDATE 25.02.19

General Details

  • Newford farm is just over 4 weeks into its calving period.
    • 69 % of the suckler herd has now calved down
    • 76 cows calved with 77 calves ( 2 sets of Twins)
      • One calf died shortly after birth ( born weak)
      • One cow died at grass suspected case of a heart attack
    • First calf born on the 30th January
    • All cows and calves are very healthy
    • No calving difficulty to report on the farm at the moment.
    • The later calving cows have been treated for their Rotavec Corona vaccination
    • The average calf birth weight is 42 Kgs
    • Calving scored for the herd so far is 1.26
    • Summary as follows
  • 62 cows and 63 calves are now at grass. Weather conditions are very good at the moment and all stock is thriving outside.  Mineral buckets have been placed  in the paddocks with the cows to prevent Grass Tetany
  • All 104 yearling steers and heifers are now at grass. This is 2 months earlier as compared to this time last year
  • Yearling heifers ( 53) at grass
  • Grass measurement taken on the 25th of February
  • This year’s grass growth is in green and the growth is much ahead, as compared too this time last year when it was very bitterly cold (Beast from the East).
  • 30 % of the first rotation on  Newford Farm has now been grazed
  • 22 %  of the first rotation on Tuohy’s farm has been grazed
  • All of the 3 farms have received 35 units of Urea to the acre  ( ¾ of a bag )
  • Newford Farm is now closed to groups / visitors until the calving period is finished.

Key recommendations for this week

  1. Prepared for disbudding calves as they come of age.
  2. Watch out for any health issues with the cows , especially Grass Tetany
  3. Check new born calves health each morning and evening.
  4. Treated calves naval a number of times
  5. Keep all footbaths top up with disinfection
  6. Check all water troughs are clean in the pens
  7. Carried out maintenance fencing work on the outside farms
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