As a 180-cow farm drought

  • As a 180-cow farm drought
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    The drought cost us €16,000 in extra feed, we just hope he the price of milk,” says Adrian Claffey, a farmer from mount temple, co Westmeath.
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The drought cost us €16,000 in extra feed, we just hope he the price of milk,” says Adrian Claffey, a farmer from mount temple, co Westmeath.

Adrian, who farm in partnership with his father said that it costs him an additional €370 per day to feed his 180 cows through a drought. “We have 115 acres milking platform and we will be very equipped in a good year,” said Adrian.

According to the Committee, the cap is the farm must be maintained at 150-170кг DM per cow. Currently cover farm Claffey is 100 kg DM per cow. “We feed that to try to fill this gap,” said Adrian.

In order to manage the shortage of grass, Westmeath farmers, increasing the duration of rotation and provided a sacrifice paddock for the buffer feed at night.

“We are feeding bales of silage, beets, nuts, pulp and palm off the cuff. They also feed flour, in the absence of fresh grass at night. “A little piece of grass and AD lib fed palm kernel throughout the day to keep the cows happy,” says Adrian.

“After we buy 120 bales of hay for the winter and received 200T beet,” said Adrian. “We also hope to bales of silage from neighbours if they find the budget,” he said.

“The second period was brought on July 10, and the ground fertilized for 19 so we’re hoping for 3 decent cut with a good rain, which will give us a boost,” said Adrian.

“Once we get on the average farm cover 170, we will return to the normal run-of-the-mill 3 kg of flour and cut out the silage,” said Adrian.

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“We can’t afford to run on our winter feed,” said he.

“It’s a family partnership, but we still need two salaries to keep the place,” said Adrian. “We are fortunate that the sisters are around in the summer with all that extra work brings drought, they helped us a lot”, he said.

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