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JUNE 2019
Management Hints
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cost of 800-1,200 each to get 30cows in calf. But some
farmers lease bulls for four to six weeks at a cost of 300
-500. Take thefollowing advice:
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Know your own herd status for all the common infectious
diseases and how the leased or purchased bull compares
(get in writing) ­there are big health risks!
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Get a certificate stating the bull is fertile but don't take for
granted that he remains such.
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Wait until late July before introducing the stock-bull, if at all.
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Use a short gestation bull, such as Aberdeen Angus,
Hereford or Belgian Blue, but a Jersey (can be dangerous)
would be best.
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Make sure he is fit (not lame or has back trouble), healthy
(has got the same vaccines that the cows got), fertile
(have your own on checked!), and well used to a grass
environment.
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You will need a bull for every 20 - 25 cows expected to
repeat.
BRIEF REMINDERS
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Target weights(kgs) on 1st June for replacements must drive
your management:
% Cow Weight
Holstein Fr
Jersey X
Bulling heifers
63%
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342
Calves
23%
135
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Any animal under these weights must be separated out and get
priority grass or be fed 1-2kgs meal.
If you have animals out on contract check their weights NOW.
No animal should be under target weight ­ if so the rearer must
address same. At the other end of the scale no animal should be
too much ahead of target (20+kgs) ­ they won't milk. Dose for
worms and move to aftergrass, leaving them 2-3 days in same
field before moving,
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The IBR annual vaccine may be due in June/July.
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Change liners at 2,000 milkings;
If you have eight rows being milked twice per day, then each
liner does 16 milkings per day. Therefore, you will need to
change liners after 125 days (2,000 divided by 16) or 4.25 months.
Now.
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Continue to feed milk/meal to late/small calves; none to big
calves.
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There is no need to feed any meal to cows now.
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Reduce your work load and hours per day worked; plan some
time off.
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subject with light not heat, rationale not
emotion, and timing not tradition"
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