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Herd Update 20.02.17

General Details

  • 45% of the Newford herd has calved within the first 19 days of calving - first calf born was on 2nd February. No major problems to report so far.
  • 48 cows have calved with 51 live calves (Four sets of twins and one mortality)
  • The average weight of the first ,  of the calves born is 41 Kgs
  • The average Calving Score is 2.16
  • Cows and heifers are being drafted to the holding area as required before calving
  • The 89 yearling have return to the slatted shed due to poor weather but will return to grass as soon as weather conditions improve.
  • Cows and older calves will go to grass as soon as weather improves.
  • Urea has been spread on 110 acres (23 units/acre) on ground that did not receive slurry
  • Work on converting the old sheep handling unit is almost completed now
  • Lime is being applied to the slats to reduce infection levels for cows that are waiting to calve.
  • Training was completed on the new grasshopper GPS system for measuring grass (TrueNorth Grasshopper)

Grassland Details

  • Farm Cover    944 Kg /DM /ha
  • Growth /Ha    9 Kg DM / ha
  • Estimated DM @  16 %

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. Dehorn any yearling before returning to grass
  5. Check all paddocks and fences and carried out repairs where needed.
  6. Check all water troughs and wash them out before animals enter the paddock
  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