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and total profit plan, and manage your business within the
confines of your own home.
X
Common costs are all costs except labour, interest on
borrowings, quota and land lease.
The targets are:
X
Common costs/litre = 13c/L;
X
Common costs per kg milk solids (MS) = 1.70;
X
Common profit per litre = 26c/L;
X
Common profit per kgMS = 3.20.
Let us look at how to achieve these financial targets!
Allow 2-3c/L extra costs for a wet farm above benchmarks.
Meal target is 0.07kg per litre of milk (0.9kgs/1kgMS) or 400-
450kg per cow.
X
More meal will have to be fed on wet farms or farms that
are very highly stocked, but be careful that you don't justify
more because you grow too little grass;
X
To reduce meal feeding on wet farms, delay start of calving
until February 15-20;
X
Meal feeding is managed downwards by having early grass
and a fertile herd where 90 per cent calve in six weeks;
X
Many farmers are feeding 100-150kg per cow in April
(30 days), due to not starting the grazing season in early
February, thereby leaving 50-60 days from first grazing to
second grazing you need more days to achieve enough
grass regrowth in April;
X
Most farmers, because of their scattered calving pattern,
will be able to get by with 2-3kg per cow per day in
February-March by grass budgeting.
Fertiliser targets: the target here is 400/ha.
X
Get all slurry on silage fields;
X
The nitrates directive only allows 8.3 bags of calcium
ammonium nitrate (CAN) per acre, so your grassland
management must be super to feed cows, that is, tight
grazing so that you waste no grass by rotting or topping;
WEDNESDAY
28
MAR
2018
The Role of Diet and Lifestyle in the Primary
and Secondary Prevention of Chronic Disease
Professor Jayne Woodside
Institute for Global Food Security (Centre for
Public Health), Queen's University, Belfast
WEDNESDAY
18
APR
2018
Improving the Sustainability of Small
Ruminant Production Systems
Professor Tommy Boland
Associate Professor of Ruminant Nutrition,
UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
WEDNESDAY
31
JAN
2018
Crop Science in a Global Context and Key
Technologies for Improvement
Professor James Burke
Origin Chair in Crop Science, UCD School of
Agriculture and Food Science
WEDNESDAY
14
FEB
2018
The Need for Rigorous Re-conceptualisation
in the Humanitarian Domain to Meet 21st
Century Challenges
Professor Joost Herman
President NOHA Association, Chair International
Relations Department and Director Globalisation
Studies, University of Groningen
2017/18
13:00 - 14:00 | UCD Agriculture and Food Science Centre
ADMISSION FREE
Register to attend: www.ucd.ie/agfood/researchseminarseries
UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
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