Dairy farmers want to unload empty heifers

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    First calving heifers that scan was empty unloaded dairy farmers, but empty cows are milked.
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First calving heifers that scan was empty unloaded dairy farmers, but empty cows are milked.

Farmers in the South and East scanned earlier than usual this year to determine the stock that can be culled.

Dan Ryan consultants Reprodoc fertility said heifers that were not in calf were sold immediately the farmers – especially in the South and East of the country where a shortage of feed for the winter is the most acute.

Said Mr. Ryan, his records indicate that 4-5pcs heifers not this year, which is broadly in line with other years to calve.

However, Mr. Ryan claimed that close to 17pc of dairy cows at the end of the 12-week breeding period for Reprodoc was empty. He said that the figure last year was 15pcs.

He added that the selection was tightened in many farms, for nine to 10 weeks in some cases.

Cows not in calf sooner is not going to be. Especially in areas that lack forage and have to cull a significant number of cows in any care before the winter, Mr. Ryan explained.

As a rule, the target for prices, the concept of Irish dairy herds is 90pc of cows in calf after 12 weeks breeding period.

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Said Mr. Ryan empty rates differed significantly from herd to herd, from 28pc to 5pc.

George Ramsbottom teagasc on the website said that there is reason to believe that fertility was not this year a serious problem.

It is considered that cow this year, in good condition, despite the drought, mainly due to high level of concentrates fed farmers.

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