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Ducati899

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Location
north dorset
I have more interest in the breeding side of things than the milking to be honest, I've already got the semen here as well now. I want to fix and prevent the problem, If I served to beef this year its just kicking the can down the road for the year after when I'll have just as many problems if it's not solved but I understand where you are coming from

before we started dairy we bred and showed pedigree cattle for a good number of years,when we started milking we bought what we could afford to get milk in the tank and money in the bank. The breeding mindset had to go for a good few years to get established,my advice would be to get that mindset out your head also and just get yourself settled and once you’ve done that then maybe look back into the breeding side of it,otherwise I’d just give up milking now else you’ll just end up treading water
 
Location
southwest
I have more interest in the breeding side of things than the milking to be honest, I've already got the semen here as well now. I want to fix and prevent the problem, If I served to beef this year its just kicking the can down the road for the year after when I'll have just as many problems if it's not solved but I understand where you are coming from

Until you get everything else right, you won't realise the full potential of the cows you breed.

Milking at odd times, breaks in feed, change of routine, anything like that and the cows won't like it.

Get your farm running right first, then look at improving the stock.
 

Martyn

Member
Location
South west
What would people do? We are changing from Autumn to May/June these will calving in at 30months+ to fit that block, would you sell them and buy again the right age or keep and risk large heifers entering the herd?
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coomoo

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Scotland
What would people do? We are changing from Autumn to May/June these will calving in at 30months+ to fit that block, would you sell them and buy again the right age or keep and risk large heifers entering the herd? View attachment 1031574
There’s a draw in there for me, 10 strongest calve early as suggested. Other half sell keep grass and buy some crossbreds to top up as and when as an insurance
 

Shuffle

Member
Mixed Farmer
What would people do? We are changing from Autumn to May/June these will calving in at 30months+ to fit that block, would you sell them and buy again the right age or keep and risk large heifers entering the herd? View attachment 1031574

Keep them and serve. To fit our Heifer block we'll calve at anything from 23 to 29 months, no issues. You know the health and genetics of these, that has a value.
 
Location
Cornwall
What would people do? We are changing from Autumn to May/June these will calving in at 30months+ to fit that block, would you sell them and buy again the right age or keep and risk large heifers entering the herd? View attachment 1031574

Keep them and calve them. I really don’t understand why calving a few at 30 months is such a dirty word.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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