Why rearing contract is a “no brainer” for this farmer

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    PAT Dillon-growing contract 37 of its 46 replacement heifers in the spring of next year and intends to contract them all back in the near future that will allow it to increase the milk production potential on his farm.
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PAT Dillon-growing contract 37 of its 46 replacement heifers in the spring of next year and intends to contract them all back in the near future that will allow it to increase the milk production potential on his farm.

He first tried parenting contract in 2015 and says it’s a “no brainer” when it comes to saving labor.

PAT owns and operates the 120 cows on his farm 58ha in Grangecuffe, Colorado. Kilkenny.

Animals leave your farm in the middle of March about 13 or 14 months. Contactor controls the first breeding season and they are in calf when they return in mid-November at housing time.


“In the past I was a stock split and the management of the two groups. Now I keep an eye on one group of stock for breeding and artificial intelligence,” said Pat. “This is a relatively new system for me, but I will continue with it.”

PAT believes that a farmer growing heifers well suited, as it mostly keeps it separate from his own external units.

Education Contract

Simply put, the contract rearing of heifers, where the farmer pays another farmer to rear their replacement heifers.

Tom Curran Committee agriculture development programme, noted that the problem of availability of labour, therefore, the education contract should be considered.

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Tom said it allows the farmer to free up time to concentrate on the dairy herd, reducing the number of groups of stocks, managed to avoid having to lease additional land in order to carry Chicks, as well as avoiding the need to provide winter accommodation for heifers.

Tom also said it allows farmers to increase stocking rates with milking cows on the grazing platform, which will give the best financial return per hectare than stocking with heifers.

According to the Committee, a written agreement is important to preserve what had been agreed between the two farmers. They also noted that the agreement must be built on good communication, honesty and trust between the parties from the beginning.

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