- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.