Gerard Sherlock: we are focused on the third cut to be on the safe side

  • Gerard Sherlock: we are focused on the third cut to be on the safe side
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    Our next Bank holiday at the end of October, a sure sign that this year is flying and it will certainly be a year to remember.
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Our next Bank holiday at the end of October, a sure sign that this year is flying and it will certainly be a year to remember.

Last month the temperature dropped to more normal levels, but it is still a very pleasant and manageable.

There are huge variations with drought in this little country of ours, but in the growth of North Monaghan has improved dramatically.

The rains that came last month worked wonders. Last month I was wondering was my second cut silage has stopped growing and within 24 hours, with lower temperatures and little rainfall, the growth of grass and the color of the grass improve.

As I measured the grass cover last week I knew we had turned the corner.

The quality of the grass is growing again. Cover farm now on 1105 kgDM/ha. Cap in Lu 286 kgDM. The growth of grass in 66kgDM/ha/day.

It’s a bit on the high side, but good complaint.

Cows can be purchased at 3.95 Lu/ha Paddock of nearly four acres was taken for re-filling. Currently, 80 cows producing 26.3 litres / 3.73 PC butter, 3.36 PC protein yields of 1.92 kg MS/cow/day, lactose 4.82 PC, TBC 5000, TPS 123, 100 term.

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Cows received 5 kg of 18pc nut protein, but it was reduced to 3 kg.

Over the past four weeks the cows received 7 kg/day of concentrates. I fed without silage and I continued to sow weekly fertilizer as usual.

I’m spreading 27 units/ha of urea, making sure to spread in the evenings and before any rain forecast.

The bulls came out last week in heifers and cows. There were several cows still to repeat but I hope they were just a few. I had recently two cases of mastitis. Both cows were in the beginning of the year. They were noraclav and pipes.

Second cut silage was cut on July 16. He was cut and ensiled without any hassle. I tedd it.

It is mowed and left for 24 hours before raking in large groups. It was picked up 24 hours. Hole is not as full as I would have liked.

All silage fields again and manure got about 60 units of urea. I was aiming for the third segment of coils to make up the shortfall. I feel that everyone should try to make as much silage as possible this fall to try to alleviate some of the shortage of feed throughout the country. Traditionally in the Northern half of the country was dependent on southern countries for any shortage of feed, but it won’t happen this year.

Still on food, I saw that other scarce commodity three weeks ago – straw. I bought 33 of 8x4x4 bales of straw winter barley cost me almost €75/bale.

It is very expensive compared to other years, but the price is the result of many causes, we say is a deficit, less acreage, poor spring crops with a short length of straw. This is a good quality Golden straw. As someone noticed, you will be tempted to eat it yourself.

As I said, I reseeded one of the cow pen over the weekend. It burned down in just two weeks. All the calf-pen bedding were spread before plowing. It needs a lot of leveling, because it was pretty rough. To sow grasseed included abergain varieties, Aston energy, aberchoice and drumbo. He received lime as well. I still have three acres to outfarm rented for replanting this week.

Last month I replaced the troughs on the milking platform. I used seven 180-gallon concrete drinking along with the addition of a second plastic waterers in the paddocks where I could. I bought a bunch of small gravel to help level area for drinkers.

I have a plumber to connect them up. They were made according to plan in a few weeks, depending on where the cows were grazing. Total cost was about €2,300.

Good dry weather motivates me to do the work that was required, but was suspended last year.

Work, like the draining of the corners of the fields, repairing broken gutters result in boilups repairing holes in concrete in the street, hanging gate, and not a temporary tyings. All these tasks we all have and they need to do.

In addition, we must not forget about powerwashing slatted houses. It started the same way.

Finally, we are in the middle of the season, and they are always big family. I’m looking forward to Tullamore on Sunday and my own local show Tydavnet on August 18.

Gerard Sherlock farm in Tydavnet, County Monaghan

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