October 2016

on .

Messages:

  • Manage the last rotation carefully;
  • Use the last rotation planner and measure out the area carefully;
  • Avoid poaching by good management;
  • October is the most important month to condition score cows;
  • Weigh replacements and feed below-target ones;
  • Pay the key bills;
  • Meal feeding makes other human beings rich!

May 2016

on .

Messages:

  • Use grazed grass to improve a bad profit year;
  • Round bale surpluses from paddocks to save on grass wastage by topping;
  • You should have more than 64 per cent of your year’s nitrogen used by mid-May;
  • Be serious about preventative healthcare when cash is tight;
  • Put all your energy into maximising high submission rates;
  • Add humour to your family workplace.

September 2015

on .

Messages:

  • Only buy what you cannot do without;
  • Grazed grass drives down costs;
  • Do the last rotation plan now;
  • Preventative animal health is more important than ever;
  • Act when replacement heifers are below target;
  • Castrate males now;
  • Why non-dairy farmers should join up with dairy farmers;
  • Things to consider if thinking about expansion or a new venture.

August 2015

on .

Messages:

  • The next 12 months will be tough, but plan now;
  • Cut costs from now;
  • Sell more efficiently produced milk and animals;
  • Nitrogen grows money;
  • Build up grass now to make €2.80/cow/day later on;
  • No meal feeding – unless...;
  • Some pointers from Moorepark Open Day.

July 2015

on .

Messages:

  • Address the targets for June and act;
  • Poor heat detection catches you out on repeats;
  • Strive for quality grass;
  • The best new grassland management tool is round bale surplus grazing, but topping may be necessary;
  • Sixty-six per cent of nitrogen must now be used;
  • More silage is required with expansion –
  • but plan for quality;
  • Low percentage milk protein can be avoided;
  • Kale has merits;
  • Attend Moorepark Open Day in July.