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Herd Update 24.09.18

General Detail

  • First of the weanlings (35) were weaned on Thursday the 27th and all the weanlings have received their booster IBR vaccination before weaning.
    • All the weanlings will be weight as they are been weaned
    • All cows will be weighed and body scored during the weaning process.
  • The weanlings were housed and penned adjacent to their mothers. Gates were tied in place so the weanlings could not access their mothers, but could see them as the photo shows.
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  • The weanlings have access to concentrates and silage, while their mothers is been fed straw only to encourage them to dry off.
  • 36 hours later (Saturday morning 29th September) the weanlings will be let back into their mother’s for their last suck and then the weanlings will be moved away, out of sight of their mothers to a straw bedded shed with access to creep and silage.
  • The priority for the weanlings then , is too get them back to grass as soon as possible and to reduce any health issues.
  • After drying off the cows, they will be fed silage. Lime will be spread on the slats and the slats will be scraped daily to prevent mastitis. This practised has proven to be very successful over the last number of years.
  • Newford farm , will be hoping to return these cows back to grass  for a period of time if weather conditions allowed it
  • The 61 steer bullocks are still getting 5 kg of concentrates at grass and were weighed on Thursday the 23rd of August. The summary is as follow.
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  • The aim is to try and finished a portion of these in-spec bullocks off grass, but this will be all-weather depended.
  • These bullocks are now 158 days at grass since turnout up to the 24th September

Newford Farm Open Day

  • Newford farm would like to thank everybody who attended the farm’s Open Day on the 5th September. We hope you found the day very informally and that the farm supply many take home key messages on the day. Over 1,100 people attended Newford farm on the 5th September.
  • Thanks again for your support.

Grassland Management Details

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  • Grass cover taken last Tuesday the 10th September
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Key recommendations for this week

  1. Monitor grass conditions daily
  2. Keep  mineral buckets in the paddock to prevent grass tetany as temperature begins to drop back at night time
  3. Identify  paddocks for closing in October