Trend in herd performance 2010 to 2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

There is a clear trend to higher milk output from higher EBI cows. This is primarily driven by better fertility performance.

The increase is equivalent to a gain of €38 per cow each year on a group of herds increasing EBI by €11 per year.

Calculations based on a 32c/l base price in each year for comparison purposes.

Jerry Moloney's (who recently featured in a on Agriland and on our site - check it out here) herd are producing, over a 294-day lactation, the cows produced 583kg of solids from a concentrate input of 1.6t/cow in 2017. That’s 210kg more than Arrabawn’s average supplier and ranks the herd in the top 1% of Arrabawn suppliers for kilograms of milk solids. The herd’s 371-day calving interval is also impressive and is 17 days better than the co-op average. For Jerry, the main driver for milk solids is the six-week calving rate. In 2017, 86% of the herd calved in just under six weeks. "Ideally I’d like to get that to 90%. That is the single biggest thing that can drive my output here."

 

 

Posted on Friday, 13 April 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics
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