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Freeze branding is the permanent branding of an animal, which is useful for a number of reasons, primarily animal identification.
The Process - Advantages - Tips
Freeze Branding available from:
Micheál Fogarty – Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow - 087 9916132
Pat Byrne – Carlow, Co. Carlow - 087 6292567
New Dairy Sires 2015 - Spring Catalogue
Our Top 10: EBI €331, Fertility €175, Production €104, Milk +180 kg, Fat +17 kg .20% & Protein +15 kg .18%
From Production to Conception: Quality every step of the way
Gareth “Grassland” Davies NSch
Dairy Farmer Seminar: Maximising profit with grass, soil fertility and the right system.
Horse & Jockey, Monday February 2nd, 7pm
Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Tuesday, February 3rd, 7pm
Limiting Night-time Calving FAQs
Can you change the time of day that cows/heifers calve?
Yes, by merely changing the time you feed your cows/heifers you can directly influence the time of calving. When you feed cows in the evening/night, you simply and most practically reduce the number of night-time calvings.
There are several benefits to eliminating night-time calving:
- Calving difficulties are easier to manage during daylight
- Assistance to be given early if neccessary, resulting in fewer deaths and also resulting in healthier more productive cows.
- Daylight births give calves time to get dry, get fed (Colostrum/Biestings - 10% of calf's bodyweight) & treat their navel with iodine etc.
- Farmers get more full (or fullish) nights sleep
2014 was a horrendous year on Irish farms in terms of lost lives and injuries suffered.
All of us involved in the agri-industry should highlight the risks involved on an ongoing basis, the fact that 176 men, women & children have been lost through farm accidents in 9 years is horrifying. Please highlight on-farm inadequacies to your friends, family, neighbours and perhaps look a little closer yourself when on-farm.
Martin O’Halloran, the CEO of the HSA:
“The rate of fatal and serious accidents on farms is disproportionately high when you consider the numbers employed. Children and older people are particularly at risk.”
This piece is mainly based around an infographic from the Irish Farmers Journal highlighting various statistics - from age of those who suffer on-farm deaths (11% of fatalities are children) to relationship to farm/farmer in relation to injuries (8.6% are spouses).
A Stock Bull vs. Artificial Insemination Comparison (for the average 14 cow Irish Suckler Herd)
Reliability - Safety - Bio-security - Capital and variable costs - Infertility - Lack of flexibility
Peter Grogan's Super Purebred Curaheen Apostle - APZ Heifer. Peter is an AI man in Offaly, in the Geashill/Portarlington area.
Calves, Calves, Calves ...
Triplet Keeldrum Capone Heifer Calves in the Drumnagar Pedigree Simmental Herd! (Chances of having live triplet heifers 1 in 8,000,000). Three generations of Brady men, with triplet heifers in the Drumnagar Pedigree Simmental Herd of Joe Brady.
From left to right: Joe Brady (herd owner), Aidan Brady (son) and Cathal Brady (father). Photo by Seamus Smith - AI Tech.
Congratulations Joe & family, best of luck with them.
I was fortunate to have been asked to hold two farmer meetings in Ireland last week, one in the Horse and Jockey and one in Portlaoise.
Farmer meetings - From Ballina to New Ross
Progressive Genetics is owned by 3,400 farmers.
View Brendan Horan's presentation slides from the recent Positive Farmers Conference, highlighting the benefits of good grassland management and the crucial role of stocking rate
Win a prize of €100 voucher (Dairy or Beef it's up to you)!
How to enter? (TWO easy steps)
Click more detail to find out how to enter...
We have a wide range of Sexed Bulls with 21 currently available:
- High EBI bulls
- Type Bulls
- Jersey Bulls
- And a British Friesian Bull
Sexed Bulls include - PBM - Ballinborta Primo - EBI €273 - Milk €114 - Fert €124 - PBM's Dam below:
Pregnancy testing is a hugely important management tool available to dairy and suckler farmers, from the smallest herds to the biggest through both or either scanning or milk samples.
The benefits of pregnancy testing far exceed the costs of scanning or milk testing.
Benefits of Milk Testing - Benefits of Cow Scanning - Premating Scan - Scanners in your area
This spring, in the build up to the breeding season, we have presented to many farmer meetings. Our Dairy Product Specialist, Seamus Hughes, has conducted many of these. We also had Gareth "Grassland" Davies address two meetings in Laois and Tipperary that were very interesting.
Check out the videos...
AHI have announced their natioanl johnes scheme will continue for 2015. Our JohnesCheck scheme for testing on milk recording samples fits this scheme and is an easy, cost-effective test option.
Using milk samples there is no need for extra cow handling and costs just €5.50 per cow for two tests.
New Dairy Bulls
Finland's Finest Foske (Viking Red) and The Dashing Danish Jersey Jern
Land the "New" Quota
With land being the new limiting Quota maximising production and efficiency from cows and soil is essential, presentations from Mark Plunkett, Neilus Noonan & Seamus Hughes.
On the 24th March 2015, in the Horse & Hound Hotel, Ballinaboola
Delivering €12,000 Higher Milk Output
Management Data for Profitable Decisions
What is Milk Recording Worth?
What is High Somatic Cell Count (SCC) Costing?
What do I get from Milk Recording?
New Job Opportunity:
For the role as the Dairy Programme Manager with NCBC
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