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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!
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.
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."
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