Henry Walsh: risk analysis is now an essential tool for all farmers

  • Henry Walsh: risk analysis is now an essential tool for all farmers
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    Normal weather has returned here in Galway. Searing heat has receded, but similar to Ophelia, the storm and the beast from the East, his legacy will remain.

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Normal weather has returned here in Galway. Searing heat has receded, but similar to Ophelia, the storm and the beast from the East, his legacy will remain.

Grass growth jumped sharply to more than 70kg/ha/day dry matter due to rain and now we have enough moisture for optimal growth.

This was taken last week, the cover of the farm from 472kg/DM/ha to 672kg/DM/ha or 167kg per cow this week, with the aim frequency response of 300 kg per cow until the end of August. Milk bounced back up to 20 liters with rain, like cows now eat very clean, lush new growth, may along with the spring grass.

Protein also restored for the third time this year to 3.65 PC from a high of 4.80 on the PC and just milk solids 1.75 kg/cow / day to 3kg of flour.

I spent a little time looking at the numbers, until 31 July.

We sold 266kg/MS per cow similar to 2017. We fed 560 kg meal fed per cow to 340кг in 2017 as a result of additional cost of €57 / cow.

We were feeding 1 round bale of silage for each cow during a drought surcharge €28.

These obvious costs, but there are hidden costs such as machinery and labour, before ever we mention the human cost.

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Farmers can bear my expense to feed grew by €10,000 per month’

Bill farmer feed increased by 10 000 euros per month compared to the same period last year due to the drought.

But we can hope to achieve success, to go forward because of the drought. I believe that we can, as drought has a negative impact on grass, but very positive effect on the soil. For example, in some areas, was shown wet spots due to waterlogged from August 2017, with the growth of grass, well, in some cases, never grazed.

These areas were liberated from the strong moisture deficit and the productivity can be improved for years to come.

Usually the growth after a drought is very strong and the grass is of excellent quality resulting in improved productivity and lead to the possibility of achieving some urgently needed winter feed.

I think it’s vitally important that we are ready to take advantage of any opportunity that comes our way. We must make full use of our own resources, especially the grass.

As I have said before that our only competitive advantage, and it was never made as clear to me as this year based on the cost of food and load the suck, if not all the profits from the July milk production.

This potential is in our own hands and while there will often be extreme challenges, time and money spent on lime, p And K, and reseeding will always return.

We have fertilized all the farms more than usual, and it is now over 50pc of the field closed for second cut bales. Silage will be cut in late August and I expect to get at least two bales to the cow very good quality food.

We then fertilize again in early September to maximise grass on the farm, and perhaps to consider some mowing a few of them to milk cows in November.


On a related note, I disagree with some of the comments going on in the moment of unsustainable expansion. Over the past year, every sector of agriculture has endured the pain due to weather conditions, regardless of wet or dry farms, to the East or to the West of the country.

Most of these commentators are not very good to tell people what they can’t do, but rarely bring solutions-based thinking into the discussion.

There is a move towards the dairy industry based on solid reasoning. Much of this is true expansion, but the transition from different companies.

None of us can fully predict the future, but for the last 20 years committed farmers willing to create a strong family incomes and employment in rural areas for themselves and their families recognized the ability of milk to deliver.

Risk analysis should be part of every approach farmers. What is the correct weight for my economy over a five-year period. How much grass can the farm grow, I have my winter stock of food. My farm is viable and has a future.

We are in extremely difficult times, and the path through it, having a deep knowledge of our business, the resulting measurement and analysis.

We must be active in one plan not only for next weather conditions, but for the next 10 years.

To do this, I will learn that looks really good, four dairy farm business course brush helps Lynaire Ryan, supported by domestic Irish researchers and consultants.

This course begins in October at various venues across the country with the support of Skillnet makr.

More information from macra.t. E./skillnet

Henry and Patricia Walsh farm in Oranmore, Co Galway, along with their son, ENDA, and the neighbor and farm owner John Moran

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