All things Dairy

Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by Cows 'n grass, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. HasthorpeGrange

    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Wouldn’t mind a few more like this. Just finished her first lactation back in calf to sexed goodwhone again. She had a goodwhone daughter as a heifer. First service both times quiet and not had a problem with her all year and nice low cell count
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  2. Spudley

    Spudley Member

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    No he's not dead, just saving his energy until he goes with the heifers in a few weeks.
     

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  3. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    Up to 65 heifers nearly enough calf Rearer doing a brilliant job D98FEAF2-0842-4B97-8E2B-4F3DE4418F31.jpeg
     
  4. The Agrarian

    The Agrarian Member

    Location:
    Co Antrim
    Tanker fill time is usually directly affected by:

    How worn the vanes are in the pump
    How worn the inside of the casing is

    (Both of which are influenced by the use of lubricant oil! or not)

    Also very important not to run a pump too fast, as it only heats up the casing and buggers it. Jurop pumps on our Hi-spec tankers, and we run them at 270-320PTO depending on the material we are sucking. Amazed to see some folks running pumps well over 400PTO, and you couldn't touch the pump for the heat.

    Also important is how well sealed the fill pipe is. A bad connection to tanker, and a holey pipe can result in slower fill, but more importantly froth - loads not full, therefore more loads and more work to move the same slurry, and wear on pump. Our newer tanker has a full length sight tube - and it's been a revelation.

    Oh aye, and grit that makes the back door leak air in slightly.
     
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  5. I thats it

    I thats it Member

    I'm sure you've said somewhere about your calf feeding regime, is it add lib powder?
     
  6. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    1.1 kgs of shine OAD powder fed in the mornings runs out over night.
     
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  7. I'm sure they grow like stink but do they touch any cake at that level of powder?
     
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  8. had e nuff

    had e nuff Member

    Location:
    Durham
    2 and a half years since I last milked a cow and I'm coming out of retirement and getting back into the pit.
     
  9. Fergieman

    Fergieman Member

    Location:
    Northumberland
    With your own cows?
     
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  10. had e nuff

    had e nuff Member

    Location:
    Durham
    No, neighbours. Bit of relief milking.
     
  11. I thats it

    I thats it Member

    1.1kg in how much water? How often do you clean out the 200 litre drums?
     
  12. The Agrarian

    The Agrarian Member

    Location:
    Co Antrim
    And I assume they're fixed down somehow, or the calves would walk away with them when empty?
     
  13. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    Can’t get 20 calves round a drum so we have twodrums connected together with 24 teats between them. . Don’t want them fixed down it increases the effort required to clean the drums out.
     
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  14. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    Around 9 litres all in.
    Cleaning is done as the calf rearer sees fit. Once a week maybe? I’ll ask.
     
  15. In the pit

    In the pit Member

    Is that mixed warm and fed warm or is it cold
     
  16. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    What ever temp the plate cooler water is in the flood pump tanks after milking.
     
  17. In the pit

    In the pit Member

    We use cold water to mix milk powder but it never mixes properly and then settles out
     
  18. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    Don’t seem to get that problem with the powder we use
     
  19. Homesy

    Homesy Member

    How much powder do you give them to weaning ? and at what age do you wean them ?
     
  20. Bogeyman

    Bogeyman Member

    Location:
    North Antrim
    Wish you well with the Goodwhone heifers we calved in 10 this winter and all have great fat and protein but have super fast feet for removing units. Took average 2 weeeks to settle them were as i can safely say never had any such problems in over 30 years.
     
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