Milk ureas.

To resserect this thread....... @farmer on a bike I seem to remember you hold your milk ureas/diet protein fairly low. Is this the case and how low are we talking?

with our autumn calvers we try to stay between 200 & 300 mg/l (units can vary depending on how they are reported). In my view over 300 tends to hurt fertility and below 200 hurts yield. However if you cows were in poor condition and you wanted them to put on condition you may want to aim below 200.


Our urea is usually 0.030 to 0.035. Can go down to 0.021 in mid summer at grass. But generally high. Protein in silage is quite high this year. Fresh cows are on 6kg of 16% high energy type cake. Cow dung is usually quite loose. But fertility is generally good. A lot of the autumn calvers have been bulling recently. And I start serving 12th November. 1.355 was my latest bf ÷ protein. What range should this be?
Never look at mine , but seems to be just over 400 (1.2 ms/cow or 10% soilds) any other spring calver this high?

I've not had any that high recently. The last few have been between 120 and 250. Doing 9.5 litres @ 7 and 4.6 so about 1.1 solids.

Im still only on a 16% cake + grass + fodder beet and a bit of grass silage. Cows are finally starting to put on a bit of condition after looking a bit thin all summer.
Never look at mine , but seems to be just over 400 (1.2 ms/cow or 10% soilds) any other spring calver this high?

In my view you cant really alter a spring calver much if most of the diet is grass. We have tried to go with 14% protein cake, but more recently we have used wheat gluten because it is cheap and we are only feeding 1.5kg to encourage them in the parlour so it has little impact.


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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...