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February 2014

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Messages:

  • Shocking costs in 2013: start control measures.
  • Over quota: depend on grass and minimum meal.
  • Once-a-day milking may have merits.
  • Increase your milk yields overnight by using milk recording data to select cows.
  • Spread 23 units of Nitrogen on the entire farm now.
  • Graze silage fields first and twice before closing.
  • Adhere to advisable vaccination programmes
  • in February.

January 2014

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Messages:

  • Examine your ICBF calving report for 2013 and act.
  • Examine your ICBF fertility report for 2013 and act
  • Prevent cow problems by preventive care now.
  • Have thin cows improved.
  •  Replacement heifers must be well cared for.
  • It will pay to manage the silage feeding procedures
  • Do health checks on: milking machine, grazing facilities,  financial position, and yourself.
  • Be expansion – minded with care.

November 2013

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Messages:

  • Because of its importance, prioritise dry cow treatment.
  • If winter feed is an issue address the problem now.
  • Manage your grass to housing date and spring availability.
  • Body condition drives winter decisions.
  • Avoid winter parasites.
  • Feed meals to animal needs.
  • Manage replacements to reach target weights.

August 2013

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Messages:

  • How do you deal with drought conditions and the carry over effect?
  • Use all the techniques available to build up grass from the second week of August.
  • Use Nitrogen early in the month for greatest benefit.
  • Meals, carefully used, have a part to play!
  • Now is a great chance to reseed.
  • Small replacement heifers must be separated out and fed meals.

September 2013

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Messages:

  • Consider your super-levy options now.
  • Make autumn grass targets drive grassland management.
  • How do you graze most days in autumn?
  • Spread all the farm with Nitrogen in early September.
  • Condition cow body condition now and act.
  • Do the Salmonella vaccination of in-calf heifers and cow now.
  • Feed replacements below target now.
  • Manage autumn reseeds.