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These cows will be grazing
late in the afternoon
while other lower yielding
cows will be lying down
(observe this yourself).
Unfortunately, for the
high yielding cows who
are grazing late in the
afternoon, grass cover will
be low. Consequently, bite
size is small and, intake
is reduced by 1-2 Kgs DM,
as well as the DMD will
be 1-2 per cent lower due
to stem. Therefore, these
cows will lose weight.
If after any grazing there is grass
remaining in paddock (1cm
=200kgsDM/ha), cows should be
"asked" to go back out and "clean
it out". This is best done by letting
cows straight out of the parlour;
bullies and dominant cows will be
first and will have it cleaned by the
time the shy feeders arrive. After
1-2 hours they should be moved to
the "new paddock"
Cows should enter a fresh
paddocks in the evening (not after
mornings milking) because the
grass will have a lot higher sugars
could result in 1-2 litres more milk.
Pat O'Meara, AIB Agri Advisor,
suggests the following for working
capital and how to ready yourself
to obtain future finance.
First have a proper structure
to your finances; with adequate
amount of working capital
(Overdraft, Credit Line or
Stocking Loans) for your farm:
These facilities need to be
in credit for at least 30 days
(not consecutive) per year,
Top businesses have their
facilities in credit for
the summer months at a
minimum. A good guide is to
have facilities in the region
of 200-300 per cow.
Your larger milk cheques will
always put you in credit,
For specialised dairy farmers
who have typically higher
facilities and generally use
them, it is a case of stop
investing money from Cash
Flow. This will enable you
to build a buffer to deal with
price/cost volatility and/or a
difficult year.
The main determinant for getting
support for your next investment
will be based on the historical
financial performance of your
business and household.
Have high profit per cow or
per hectare.
It will be greatly influenced
by direct payments, land
rent, interest, depreciation,
and labour cost, but a
profit per cow of 500 is
Control the level of living
expenses by paying yourself
a set amount each month/
week into a personal bank
account. This amount will
be used to predict future
requirements from the farm.
The following suggestions are
from "Fatigue Management
when tiredness is always there",
University of Aberdeen. Please
share with other members in your
What is "fatigue":
A decline in mental and/
or physical performance
that results from prolonged
exertion, sleep loss and/or
disruption of the internal
It is a constant state of
Are you or anyone in your
household exhibiting any
such symptoms?
What causes fatigue on the
farm? Analyse these in relation
to yourself or someone in your
household who may be affected:
1. Poor sleep patterns or poor
quality of sleep
2. Poor diet or lack of eating
3. Mental health issues such as
stress or depression
4. Grief or loss
5. Feeling ill and the side effects of
taking medication
6. Working long hours
7. A high workload
8. Working early morning or late
9. Complex or monotonous tasks
10. Adverse weather conditions
11. Excessive noise levels
On-the-job strategies for coping
with fatigue:
Share plans when working
alone or remotely
Ask for help if tired and
MAY 2019
Management Hints
Check your milk for the NDC Guarantee.
Always natural.
Always fresh.
Locally sourced.
Our thriving dairy industry is good for
farming families, co-ops and local communities.
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