Herd Tasks: Your weekly farming checklist

Your weekly reminder of the things that should be at the top of your farm to-do list. Published every Monday on Irish Examiner Farming.
Herd Tasks: Your weekly farming checklist

If you have vaccinated cows, then the full benefit will not be transferred to the calves if sufficient colostrum is not consumed.

Monday, July 25 - Sunday, July 31

Dairy & Sucklers pre and post calving 

  • Continue to feed dry cows to maintain or control body condition.
  • Get calves off to the best possible start with a good supply of colostrum. Slow drinkers should be tubed if necessary within the first six hours.
  • If you have vaccinated cows, then the full benefit will not be transferred to the calves if sufficient colostrum is not consumed.

Dairy

  • Aim to keep intakes up by strip grazing heavier covers and allocating quality grass by night where possible. Many will need to supplement with maize, wholecrop or quality bales to stretch grass and allow farm covers to improve.
  • Recent rain should push on growth, however, keep supplementing until grass recovers before pulling supplementation too much.

Spring Sucklers 

  • Continue to supplement cows with calves at foot with magnesium licks.

Growing weanlings 

  • Make sure you grow young stock as well as possible.
  • Gaining weight from grass in young animals is much cheaper than when they are housed.

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