- 98% of the Newford Suckler Herd has now calved.
- 90% of the Newford Herd calved within 6 weeks
- 105 cows with 104 live calves
- 4 sets of twins
- Five mortality
- One calf had health issues
- One calf came back ways
- One awkward calving
- One calf had an birth defect and traces of crypto
- 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