Update from the Cows.ie farm February 2020

It’s been a busy month on the Cows.ie farm

Twins born on the farm

February welcomed the birth of twins on the farm.

   

Calf births up this year

Demand for calves is holding up well as births are at a high this time of year. Here are some important tips on looking after your new calves.

  • Use the first milk from the cow within the first hours of birth
  • Calves must be offered at least three litres of good quality colostrum ASAP
  • Use 10% Iodine or similar to disinfect the navel
  • Keep all feeding utensils clean
  • Keep beds clean & dry 
  • Don’t overcrowd sheds
  • Use a high quality milk replacer
  • Ensure plenty of water is available

Correct management is important as calves are born without adequate antibodies to fight off infection.  Stressed or underfed calves will be more prone to scours.  A sick calf may lose up to 10% of their body weight in a day when they are scouring so it is very important to check for dehydration.

Woman in Farming – Promoting Irish Beef – Bord Bia

We are delighted to see Nicola who is one of our Cows.ie team, helping to promote Irish beef abroad in this advertorial in conjunction with Bord Bia.
This short video is now been shown in the Netherlands.

 

 

Maiden heifers out on the grass yet?

With the weather being so bad for the past month, many farmers would have expected to have their maiden heifers out grazing by now, but it has not been possible in most cases.

There has been so much going on, on the farms at this time of year with calving season, this group of animals could be left behind.

The best place for maiden heifers is out on the field, but they can do themselves harm in the wet waterlog grass as they don’t stop walking.

So for the moment they should be on good quality silage and be fed 1-2 kg of meal. If the land is not that wet and they can go out to grass soon then you can cut out the meal gradually.

Bad weather & electricity needs on the farm

We have just fitted a tractor driven generator to power the milking parlour in the event of an electrical power outage at the Cows.ie farm.

A power cut can especially be an issue for dairy farmers, as it will prevent them from milking their cows and cooling their milk.

Leaving cows un-milked for a long period of time can cause animals to become stressed, leading to an increased risk of mastitis – as well as other potential issues brought on by this stressful period.

Similarly, if milk is not cooled it will go off, meaning it will then have to be discarded – at a huge financial loss to the farmer.

To prevent a situation such as this occurring, many dairy farmers have opted to install a back-up generator on their farm – capable of running their milking parlour and their milk cooler, water pumps and slurry scrapers etc.

Hopefully we are now ready for whatever the weather brings. Thanks to Bradley Generator’s in Laois and Mulvey Electrical Engineers

    

Check out next month for the next installment from the Cows.ie farm, be sure to keep up to date with us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter where we regularly post updates.
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