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HERD UPDATE 29.04.19

General Details

  • All the calving is now finished on the Newford Farm for 2019. ( Summary)
    • 110 cows calved with 109 calves ( 5 sets of Twins)
    • First calf born on the 30th January
    • No calving difficulty.
    • The average calf birth weight is 41 Kgs
    • Calving scored for the herd so far is 1.29
  • The below table shows the breakdown of the sires verses the calves weights
  • The Breeding season started on the 22nd of April.
    • 105 cows and 109 calves at grass. Mineral buckets are with the cows in the paddocks to prevent Grass Tetany
    • 100 % AI on the Newford Farm.
    • 64 cows have been bulled since breeding started ( 10 days ago)
    • Two teaser bulls are running with the cows. One with each group
    • Each teaser bull is equated with a chin ball harness for marking the cows and the teaser bulls are playing a very active role in seeking cows out who are in heat.
    • Breeding season will last for 10 weeks and  finishing on the 1st July
    • Once a day AI used, cows are been inseminated at midday each day.
    • If a cow is AI at 12 o’clock and if she is still showing signs of been in heat again that evening , that same cow will be AI again the next day ( 12 o’clock am)
    • Each cows tail is also been clip at inseminated time
    • The majority of Newford cows are in ideal body condition for breeding. Cows were weighed and body score on the 10th April
  • Newford Suckler Herd Weighted & Body Condition Score
  • Cows Average Weight 546 Kg
  • Cows Average Body Score 2.20 Bcs
  • 3 cull cows have been sold off the farm.                 
  • Grass measurement taken on the 29th of April
  • Newford started its second rotation mid-April on the home farm, and second rotation on Tuohy’s farm started last week.
  • Weather conditions are not as good this week as compare to the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Regrowth has slip back a bite on any ground which was well grazed in the last 7 days.
  • ¾ bag of Urea is been spread after each grazing.
  • Some paddocks have received 1600 gals of cattle slurry on the home platform

Key recommendations for this week

  1. Monitor all cows regularly for heat detection
  2. Watch out for any health issues with the cows , especially Grass Tetany
  3. Keep teaser bull’s ball harness topped up with paint
  4. Monitor grass growth closely
  5. Keep mineral buckets out in paddocks with the cows
  6. Weight the store heifers
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