Milk volumes in Ireland fell by 8L per cow per day

Cow Milk
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 18, 2024

Tridge summary

In 2024, William O’Grady, a dairy farmer from Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, faced a significant challenge with an 8L/cow/day drop in milk production among his 130 spring-calving cows, attributed to abnormal weather conditions. Despite these hurdles, including inconsistent grazing opportunities and the necessity for buffer feeding, O’Grady has successfully managed his farm operations. This includes effective calving, employing sexed semen for breeding, and using protected urea fertilizer on his land. While optimistic about future weather improvements, he recognizes the continued need for buffer feeding to support milk production.
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A Co. Kilkenny dairy farmer is confirming that his milk volumes are currently down by 8L/cow/day year-on-year. William O’Grady milks 130 spring-calving cows at Bricana, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny. In a normal year, the cows would average 6,300L of milk, producing 500kg of solids. But 2024 has been far from normal, up to this point. O’Grady told: “We managed to get cows out to grass on February 5, but they have been in and out since then. “Over the last three weeks, they were in for four to five days constantly. Then as the weather improved we managed to get in some two- to three-hour grazing slots during the day. At night-time, all the cows are let back into the yard. “If the cows are in by night they are receiving 7kg of concentrates per head per day. The cows will be buffer fed for at least another 10 days.” Calving season got underway for William on January 14 and continued through until the beginning of this month. “I was very happy with this year’s calving season. In total, we ...
Source: AgriLand
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