Q Award, at the Irish Quality Food Awards, for butter
which the co-operative makes using milk supplied by
local dairy farmers throughout the north Cork and north
Kerry regions. According to the adjudicating panel, "the
award symbolises the product which the panel agree is
truly outstanding above all other category winners, and
worthy of the ultimate accolade".
North Cork Creameries operates technologically
advanced dairy processing facilities in Kanturk where it
makes a variety of high quality dairy food ingredients and
retail dairy products to the highest international standards.
In recent years the co-operative has made multi-million
euro investments in its facilities to cater for the increasing
volumes of milk that it is processing from its dairy farming
milk suppliers, partnering co-ops and a number of new
entrants to dairy farming.
Commenting, North Cork Creameries' CEO Pat Sheahan
said: "This award is a tribute to the farming families who
produce our high quality milk, to our highly dedicated
sta and to the quality and e ciency of operations
throughout the co-operative where the results of our
investments, product innovation and competitiveness
are exemplified in this national quality accolade. This
is a `three in a row' win for North Cork where we have
an excellent reputation at home and abroad for the
quality of our dairy products and we will continue to
grow and develop our business from this platform. At
a time when staying local, independent and relevant in
the food industry is challenging, this award validates our
commitment to the highest standards of quality and to the
dairy farming and rural communities who we are proud to
serve as a leading Irish dairy processing co-operative."
Every junior, senior or county player, up and down
the country, all started out in a juvenile club. This is
where they were nurtured and developed. Those that
were looked after and shown how to master the arts
of Gaelic games developed into better adult players.
Looking after the youngstock on your farm is no
di erent. Proper nutrition and management from the
start will result in them being more productive in their
A lot of youngstock are currently being housed.
But, while they can do very well on grass, if the
management is not right, we sometimes forget about
them and get it into our heads that it is a short winter
for them. This is especially the case if the land type
suits late housing and early turnout. It is important to
remember that even with the best land type, over two
winters, at least a quarter of their life is inside, while for
others it is half. Taking our eye o the targets we need
to achieve at these times means we must scramble for
an unattainable target post-turnout.
Silage will make up 7080% of their diet, so this needs
to be tested to see if it is good, average or poor. We
then need to determine their weights and, finally, to
set their targets. Where fine margins are essential,
guessing weights is impossible unless you are
experienced at looking at animals.
they be at turnout, and how do we get there? They will
probably do very little for two weeks post-turnout and
so only have the month of April to benefit from the
grass. With this in mind, we can assume approximately
30kg of growth here. This leaves a target turnout
weight of 320kg or, based on the housing weight, a
target of 80kg in about 100 days (0.8kg per day). If
silage is 65/68 DMD, you would be looking at 2.53kg
of concentrate to achieve this weight gain. Unless the
protein content of silage is high (>13%) the protein
of this concentrate should be 1820% to grow the
frame of these animals. Minerals are also essential at
20g/100kg bodyweight, as grass and grass silage lack
many of the important elements.