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From 2022, dairy farmers will no longer be allowed to use blanket dry-cow treatment across all the cows in their herd – without evidence that they require them. For this reason, milk recording will need to become common practice on dairy farms.
Milk recording results will allow farmers to identify animals suitable for selective-dry cow therapy (SDCT); in other words which cows meet the criteria for no antibiotic treatment at drying-off.
In the ‘Ag-Climatise’ – A Draft National Climate and Air Roadmap for the Agriculture Sector to 2030 and Beyond – a figure of 75% is quoted for the target number of herds to be milk recording by 2030.
Figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) show that just 44% of herds milk recorded last year, up to December 27; so there is still a long way to go.
AgriLand spoke with Stephen Connolly – the newly appointed milk recording manager at Progressive Genetics – to find out what Progressive Genetics is doing to get prepared for this influx of farmers and, also, why it is so important that farmers take up this technology.
He commented: "There is a lot going on in Progressive Genetics at the moment to make the service better for farmers."
In the third episode of ‘George goes dairy farming’, Co. Wicklow dairy farmer George Beattie is on his travels again.
This time round, his destination is the farm of Kevin Murphy, just outside Gorey in Co. Wexford, where he milks a herd of crossbred cows under a spring-calving system.
Some 250 cows were milked during the 2019 season. The farm stretches across 140ha, with a milking platform of 85ha; the farm is a 50:50 split of owned and leased ground.
Cow numbers have expanded on the Wexford-based holding and 280 cows will calve down in the coming weeks.
Our New Dairy Catalogue for Spring Herds is now available online & in print.
Based on the latest figures (ICBF, January 2020).
The catalogue is packed with a wide range of high EBI sires, High Type sires, Jersey sires, Crossbred sires, Sexed semen sires, British Friesian sires, Beef sires (Angus, Hereford, Belgian Blue, Limousin & Simmental sires), HerdApp from AgriNet does feature too with some new applications of the HerdApp highlighted, Heat Detection Aids including MOOCALL HEAT & more!
Our Sexed Semen Sires for 2020 is now available online.
This catalogue is based on the latest figures (ICBF, January 2020) and features 22 bulls that will have Sexed Semen available of from March (some are available now).
Please see our Sexed Semen Sires for 2020 Catalogue HERE
We are currently looking for a MILK RECORDER (Part-time work on a number of farms) in two areas Cavan/Monaghan area & the Kilkenny/Waterford area.
Applicants should be:
> Familiar with dairy farming
> Willing to work at milking times
The role entails:
Visiting numerous dairy farms (this is something that the recorder organises between themselves and the farmer)
Collecting milk samples and yields from each cow (morning and evening).
Recorders are paid based on the number of cows recorded, there can also be additional payments for certain tests outside of milk recording etc.
The position(s) would suit a somebody from an agri-background looking for an additional income as a the position(s) is part time (but also suits students etc.).
Progressive Genetics is an equal opportunity employer.
If you have any questions email Stephen Connolly milk recording manager email@example.com
For the second installment in the series: ‘George goes dairy farming’, Co. Wicklow based farmer George Beattie has to quickly register a calf and then he’s on the road to Slane, Co. Meath, where he meets with Peter Mongey.
Peter – who was a finalist in Teagasc’s Grass10 Programme two years ago – has moved from a winter milk production system to 110-cow, spring-calving operation.
In the video (below), Peter explains the system on the farm and what was involved in the transition from one system to the other. He also provides his top tips on what direction George should take his farm in.
Prior to the visit, George explains how HerdApp has greatly reduced the pressure and paperwork when it comes to registering his calves during the busy calving period.
To find out more about HerdApp, just click here.
The abolition of milk quotas in 2015 was a turning point for the Irish dairy industry. Since then, cow numbers on Irish dairy farms have increased dramatically which, in turn, has lead to an increase in milk production.
While higher cow numbers are a contributing factor to this increase in production, individual farm efficiencies have also improved. These include: better breeding strategies; superior genetics; improved grassland management; and the introduction of on-farm technologies.
There are many systems operated across Ireland; these range from high-input operations to robotic indoor enterprises, and from spring-calving, grass-based farms to winter milk production herds.
In part one of the series – ‘George goes dairy farming’ – Co. Wicklow dairy farmer George Beattie visits the farm of Larry Hannon, who is currently milking a herd of 220 high-EBI cows under a split-calving, grass-based system.
Our Sexed Semen Sires for 2020 is now available online.
This catalogue is based on the latest figures (ICBF, November 2019) and features 20 bulls that will have Sexed Semen available of from March (some are available now).
Including Sires like:
(IG) RONNOCO MILAN FR4510 with an EBI of €288 and +0.23% Protein!
(IG) CLORANE DANDYMAN FR4600 with an EBI of €281, a PSI of €124 and almost 40 kgs milk solids!
And many others!
Progreesive Genetics and AgriNet will be present at the Irish Farmer’s Journal Dairy Day, tomorrow, next Tuesday 19th November stand D31, where we will be taking general queries and discussing our full suite of services, latest catalogues and much more available on the day, PLUS from an AgriNet or HerdApp point of view their will be a key focus on selective dry cow therapy & recording dry off dates as well as the benefits range of other benefits that HerdApp brings to the table.
Our latest "Coloured Dairy Breeds 2020" Catalogue featuring 47 bulls across 8 breeds: Fleckvieh, MRI-Rotbunt, Jersey, Montbelairde, Brown Swiss, Swedish Red, Ayrshire & Milking Shorthorn is available online now, with bulls coming from Viking Genetics, Semex & others.
Our new Type Sires 2020 Catalogue (based on September 2019 Proofs) is available online now (hard copies are available now). There is a huge selection of bulls (with 50 bulls featuring) from across the world, from NCBC, Semex, ABS & CRV. We have EBIs & Country of Origin proofs for most bulls, plus lots of progeny & family pictures.
Our New Crossbreeding Sires 2020 & High Maintenance Index B&W Sires is now available online.
Our New Dairy Catalogue for Autumn Herds is now available online & in print.
Based on the latest figures (ICBF, September 2019), we have the No. 1 bull on the active bull list, the No.1 Jersey available, plus lots more!
We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, July 2019) featuring bulls over 50 bulls plus others on Replacement listings (there are over 200 on our website).
Wondering which sires are used the most this year?
ICBF have released a list of the most serves recorded in the first half of 2019 from 1st January to the 30th June 2019. This does not take into account DIY or AI technicians who do not use the ICBF Handhelds so serves so his actual usage will be higher in reality.
10 of the top 10 Dairy on Dairy Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls.
10 of the top 10 Beef on Dairy Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls.
8 of the top 10 Beef on Beef Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls, including no.1, no.2, no.3 & no.4!
There has been an increase in use of Belgian Blue with Manitou DBZ being the most used BB on dairy cows, with 9,538 AI handheld serves recorded in the first half of 2019.
ICBF have recently published the calf registration of the most popular AI sires in the Dairy Herd in 2018.
We are pleased to say that we had:
7 of the top 10 Holstein Friesian Sires including No.1 (IG) Nextgen Candy FR2385 593 FR2385 (dam pictured below), No.2 (IG) Ardragold Parker FR2371 & No.3 Diamond Anton FR2239 with over 56,000 calves registered between them in 2018! All in all we had 6 of the top 7! In general these sire would have featured as part of our Fresh Semen Programme which allows us to get as much of the highest sires out to as many of our service using farmers as possible.
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