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Herd Update 21.05.18

General Detail

  • 101 cows and calves at grass on the home farm, plus 6 cows which will not be AI this year.
  • Newford Farm has 100 cows for breeding this year.
  • To date
    • 90 % of the herd was now been AI within 3 weeks of the breeding season commencing (23rd April).
    • 98 cows have now  been inseminated to date , Friday 24th May
    • 2 cows not AI yet ( one cow less than 40 days calved)
    • The vet  check 2 cows which had not cycle  and one of them was treated for a cystic ovary and came bulling this morning Friday the 25th  and the other cow received a PRID to encourage resumption of normal cyclicity.
    • 7 repeats to date , Friday 25th  May
  • Once a day AI used, cows are being inseminated at midday each day.
  • 84 % of the Replacement heifers (21) bred to AI on the contract rearing farm in Tuam out of 25 heifers within 3 weeks. AI also started on the 23rd of April with the replacement heifers
    • 23 heifers AI
    • 4 repeats
  • The young calves were coughing this week and 2 of them were treated for pneumonia.
    • As a result of the coughing, facial samples was taken from the claves.
  • Mineral buckets are out in the paddocks with the cows to prevent grass tetany
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  • Grass cover taken last Tuesday the 22nd of May.
  • 6 acres of surplus grass was cut last week 21 bales ( 3 ½ bales per acre)
  • I bag of Can +S  per acre is been spread after each grazing   
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Key recommendations for this week

  1. Monitor all cows regularly for heat detection
  2. Watch out for Grass Tetany and keep mineral buckets  topped up
  3. Power wash sheds
  4. Keep the teaser bull’s   chin ball harness topped up with paint
  5. Watch calves closely for pneumonia