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What can a herd management app do for you?
Things on farm are now ticking over nicely. Some silage has been made and hopefully there’s more plenty more fodder to be harvested. A lot of farmer’s are well into breeding season, AI might still be ongoing or maybe the stockbull is running with the herd now.
Why bother to record animal weights? A few reasons may be to monitor feed efficiency, weight gain or to administer correct dosage rates to stock. A big one for many is to see if stock are on track for target breeding weight. Maybe you only weigh animals to be compliant for schemes?
Whatever the reason, allow AgriNet HerdApp to help you with the recording of this data. When you have an animal on the scales type their number in & record their weight.
Are your cows missing anything?
Whether it be in the shed or down the field or on the outfarm don't get caught out with stock missing tags. Quite often you see an animal missing a tag & think to yourself I must write that down when I get back to the house or maybe you have a scrap of paper where you scribble the number on and then never see it again.
How many times have you gone looking for your cows due dates or spent time figuring out what cows were not bred yet?
Thanks to a live link between ICBF and AgriNet HerdApp all your herd information is easily available on your phone. Calving date, facility to record a heat, serve date, due pregnancy test date, calving date & dry date. All these dates update as soon as data is entered.
Are you making the most of milk recording?
AgriNet HerdApp won't quite tell you when you need to milk record but it will have the results easily displayed as soon as you get the text with your 5 highest cell count cows. Some of you may be used to recieving print outs in the post in the past. These print outs were highly anticapated, studied in detail on arrival & then left somewhere with the rest of the post. Then after the next recording we go through the same process again.
Imagine having access to ALL your milk recording data ALL the time on your phone, enter AgriNet HerdApp which has ALL of that.
Breeding season is a busy time for farmers. Recording serves is a process that can be streamlined. This is key to Lean Farming as it simplifies the workflow.
All this information in your pocket and access it immediately!
Now that the bulk of calving is over the focus will quickly shift to preparing for the upcoming breeding season. At a time where farmers are considering Sire Advice & bull selection it is also a good to keep a record of the cows activity.
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
As a precautionary measure and part of the national effort to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and to protect both herdowners and A.I company staff and contractors the following protocols are being implemented for the AI Technician service.
Our AI service will continue operatingas normally as possible under the HSE hygiene guidelines.
Eddie O'Byrne is one of our dedicated 150 AI Technicians on the road.
During this difficult time and ever-evolving situation, as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that Progressive Genetics is taking a prudent approach while remaining committed to you, our customer.
We will continue to serve you in whatever capacity possible, whilst maintaining the health and safety of your operation, your employees and our staff. All of our staff have been issued with a standard operating procedure designed to protect staff, customers and the general public, as directed by the HSE.
We have made the decision to temporarily suspend our manual milk recording service until the 30th March 2020, the EDIY milk recording service will continue.
Our breeding advisors will continue deal with customers either by pre-arranged visit (if required) adhering to strict hygiene protocols or remotely via phone (or other digital means). Our AI Technicians will continue to visit farms, as will our delivery and our nitrogen servicing drivers.
We would be grateful if you could please alert us immediately if you yourself, a member of the farm household or farm staff has a confirmed or suspected case of Corona Virus or is in self-isolation, ideally we would ask that you would use one of these three preferred methods of contact, contact your local Progressive Genetics Representative, call the call centre on 1850 20 20 50 or email Emma Behan on email@example.com.
In accordance with HSE guidelines if any of our staff develop any symptoms they will immediately self-isolate. The welfare of our staff and customers, and that of their families, is the top priority.
In these unprecedented times we will continue to review and update all our customers, but if we can help you in any way please do not hesitate to contact your local Progressive Genetics representative.
Thank you for your support and co-operation in these extraordinary times.
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An app from your smart phone can tell you when your cow is going to calve.
Register your calves birth in under 1 minute using AgriNet HerdApp
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
The calving pattern on farms is what sets the top-performing herds apart from the lower-performing herds, in terms of maximising milk output from grazed grass.
Speaking at a recent breeding information event, Shane Leane – breeding advisor with Progressive Genetics – discussed why having a compact calving pattern is so important for your farm.
With the breeding season fast approaching on most farms, Progressive Genetics sat down with Shane Leane to find out what issues are on the minds of farmers at this critical time of year.
Shane has a PhD in dairy cow fertility and was manager of the Teagasc Curtins farm before joining Progressive Genetics.
A good deal of farmers have picked their bull teams for the coming season.
“EBI and milk solids are the main criteria more than ever,” according to Shane. Farmers are seeing the effects of breeding for better fertility through more cows calving in the first six weeks of the calving season.
Dr. Shane Leane PhD is part of the Progressive Genetics team, in the role of Dairy Specialist, Shane joined Progressive Genetics having completed a PhD in herd fertility, as well as having managed the Moorepark Curtins dairy herd. He has a wealth of knowledge in dairy systems, fertility management and crossbreeding.
Good fertility and compact calving are essential to maximise grass utilisation and farm profit. The target is to have 90% of the herd calved within 42 days from the planned start of calving and all cows calved by mating start date (MSD).
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