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July 2014

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Messages:

  • With serious super-levy bills looming, start managing it from now.
  • Manage 2015 herd expansion by minimising super-levy fines for 2014/2015.
  • Bad July breeding management results in more cull cows.
  • Grassland management in July sets up the autumn grass.
  • Achieving replacement heifer target weights is the key to 2015 opportunity.
  • Spray for weeds now, if you want more grass.
  • Reseed in late July.
  • Avoid exhaustion.

June 2014

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Messages:

  • Carry out June management checks.
  • How to produce an extra 1.25L/cow/day during summer for profit.
  • Correct grass cover drives quality grass and easy grassland management.
  • Round bailing and topping necessary this year.
  • Use N, sulphur and slurry to increase second
  • cut silage.
  • How to avoid €250 loss
  • Use all AI straws in June.

May 2014

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Messages:

  • Summer milk is cheapest, therefore, produce as much as the cow can give.
  • Don’t mismanage grass in May.
  • To avoid topping, know what your pre-grazing covers should be.
  • For more milk, give the cows an extra spoonful of sugar daily.
  • Deal with late calvers and monitor submission rates.
  • Provide adequate numbers of replacement heifers on target.
  • This summer, focus on targeting lime.

April 2014

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Messages:

  • If short of grass, what should you do?
  • Minimise meals at grass during April?
  • Mastitis is costing too much to ignore.
  • Choose your AI bulls carefully to improve fertility and milk price.
  • Target a mean calving date of Feb 15, 2015; start bulling April 24.
  • Compact calve next year by good submission rate and synchronise the heifers.
  • You must do a whole farm grassland plan now.

March 2014

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Messages:

  • Huge super-levy bills on the way; act to minimise;
  • Adjust your March grazing management to ensure adequate grass in second rotation;
  • Don’t forget Magnesium;
  • Bulling heifers require your attention;
  • Extra nitrogen required now to make up for late start;
  • Milk recording will allow you selectively sell or cull to increase F&P percentage;
  • Let calves out to grass now;
  • Plan livestock requirements and purchases to minimise the cost; and,
  • Lameness must be measured, managed and monitored to reduce its cost.