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Herd Update 13.02.17

General Details

  • 31% of the Newford  herd has calved in the first 14 days of calving - first calf born on 2nd February
  • 33 cows have calved with 35 live calves (three sets of twins and one mortality)
  • Cows and heifers are being drafted to the holding area as required before calving
  • 89 yearling have been turn out to grass on Monday the 13th of February and they also received their Clostridial vaccination  (Tribovax 10)
  • The average weight of the yearling steers is 398kgs. These steers averaged 0.69kgs over the winter period (ADG from birth is 1.08kgs)
  • The average weight of the yearling heifers is 375kgs. These heifers averaged 0.61kgs over the winter period. (ADG from birth is 1.02kgs)
  • 23 units/acre of Urea is currently being spread on land that did not receive slurry (110acres)
  • The second cut silage pit was opened this week
  • The lame cow from last week has improved and has since calved
  • Work on converting the old sheep handling unit is still continuing with the electrician to carried out his work
  • Lime is been spread on the slats to keep infection levels low for cows that are waiting to calve down
  • Yearling males turn out on Monday 13th Feb to a paddock grass cover  of 1112kg DM/Ha

(8.2 cm)

Grassland Details

  • Farm Cover 1029kg DM/ha
  • Growth /Ha 14Kg DM/ha
  • Estimated DM @ 18%

Suckler Herd

  • Group and move cows that have calved down to the large loose shed’s

Key recommendations for this week

  1. Disbud calves and give intranasal IBR vaccination (2 weeks +)
  2. Identify cows and calves to turn out to grass (depending on weather) – treat calves for clostridial diseases
  3. Monitor cows and heifers close to calving
  4. Check all paddocks and fences and carried out repairs where needed.
  5. Check all water troughs and wash them out before animals enter the paddock
  6. Finish power washing and disinfecting the last of the loose sheds
  7. Keep all calving pens and area disinfected as calving continues
  8. Carried out a strict inspection each morning on every calf in the yard for health