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Herd Update November 2015

Newford Herd Farm Notes Week Beginning 09/11/2015


General Details

  • Cull cows remain indoors on 5kgs meal and ad-lib baled silage
  • Cows housed last week due to weather conditions
  • Bull calves weighed 326kg and had an average daily gain since birth of 1.25kg/day.
  • Heifer calves average weight was 315kg and they gained 1.19kg/day since birth
  • Replacement heifers weighed 237kg and average daily gain of .79kg/day
  • We had 1.5 Ha left to graze on Newford block but had to house due to weather conditions

Grassland Details

  • Average Growth: 9 kg/DM/day
  • Average farm demand 3 kg/DM/day
  • Average farm cover 632 kg DM/day o Stocking rate: .66 L.U/Ha on grazing block
  • Stocking rate: 152 kg/Ha

Breeding details

82 cows have been scanned in calf out of 89 cows who went to the bull


Key recommendations for this week

  1. House heifer calves this week in straw shed
  2. Only aimals to remain outdoors are replacement heifers and stock bull
  3. Continue feeding meal to finishers and cull cows at the rate of 6kgs/head/day
  4. Bull calves to receive 2kgs/head/day and heifer calves 1.5kg/head/day
  5. Replacement heifers to remain on 1.5kg/head/day outdoors
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