Dan Ryan: empty cows should be unloaded now, to reduce winter feed costs

  • Dan Ryan: empty cows should be unloaded now, to reduce winter feed costs
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    Hunger raises many questions concerning the system of milk production for spring calving.
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Hunger raises many questions concerning the system of milk production for spring calving.

Now there is a discussion of expansion on any farm visits.

However, farmers remain optimistic that the warm autumn will allow a third cut of silage and allow the cows kept outdoors in late autumn.

Problems at the farm level vary greatly depending on the part of the country. For example, recent rains have had little influence in counties Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

Hard to believe that some herds are fed up to 9kg of milk diet on a daily basis.

In other parts of the country, where precipitation was adequate for the heavier types of soils, the supply of herbs has been included for the resumption of grazing rotation and the ability to assemble the second and third segments.

This will alleviate the pressure on these farms to ensure sufficient forages for dry cows/ cow transition periods.

Cull cow prices have dropped significantly. Farmers do not want to sell his empty cows at these prices. Milk prices to justify the empty cows in farms where forage base for the rest of the grazing season are not at risk.

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“Farmers should check their high somatic cell count cows and to find out that the dry-cow tubes will work, but not the blanket dry off cows”, according to a veterinary worker with Glanbia Shane McElroy.

However, there are many farms where the effects of the drought still applies. It is difficult to maintain the logic of feeding between 6 and 9 kg of milk diet on the empty cows where grass supply is limited.

The financial benefit is questionable, and you put your pregnant cows at risk of being compromised dry cow/ fresh cows the transition period.

Some farmers are planning to dry their empty cows in September.

These cows very little return in financial terms, because cull cow prices collapsed in the Windows and plants.

But if you don’t have sufficient reserves of feed for your herd for the winter months, empty of cows we have to leave the herd.

In addition, some farmers will dry empty cows and feed them for six to eight weeks on a high concentrate diet. You need to assess return on investment and your time, before considering this option.

The combination of both the end of spring turnout and summer drought have led to numerous stud with a maiden in-calf heifers below the target growth and the assessment of the body. Get your Chicks now weighed.

It is important that you decide require the intake of concentrate in the standings as the grass supply and quality.

In-calf heifers not achieve target weight up to seven months of pregnancy, have lower rates of survival after first lactation and total milk solids is reduced.

In-calf heifers has been much neglected in many households this year. There is an urgent need to address this problem.

The money spent on supplementary feeds and concentrates will leave a great financial return when fit first calvers enter the herd.

Scanning of cows to identify empty cows, aging, pregnancy and multiple pregnancies in this time of the year also shows cows that are either chopped or ‘mummy’ of the fetus. Many of these cows will not show signs of heat.

The risks of the disease

The main causes of abortion or mummification are salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and Schmallemberg Caninum. Vaccination is required if blood or milk analysis to identify the risk in your herd. Studies show that Caninum is the main cause of abortion in herds in the UK.

Dogs and foxes are intermediate hosts in the transmission Caninum. There is an increased risk of transmission of diseases, where in-calf cows and heifers were forced to graze in the pasture too tight due to lack of feed.

Finally, on a positive note, we have scanned 200 cow herd last week in Limerick, where the empty rate was 13pc over a 12-week breeding period.

This herd currently produces over 8,000 gallons in a spring calving system.

Concentrate supplements based on forage yield had to reach up to 10 kg daily for eight weeks, covering the grass drought and recovery period.

Dr. Dan Ryan is a bovine reproductive physiologist and can be contacted at www.reprodoc.ie

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