Archive January 2020
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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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