Three Barrens average £1000 each .Time for a clear out!

Sent 3 old cows direct to slaughter and got just over £3000 back. Makes you take a second look at the SELL list especially when I'm being penalised for surplus milk.

One Swedish Red cross born 2014 been out all winter as she went down and pulled a muscle in autumn, so dry baged. Nearly shot her in autumn.
Two holsteins staight from parlour , 2009 and 2012.
Well pleased.
 

pappuller

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Livestock Farmer
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M6 Hard shoulder
Sent 3 old cows direct to slaughter and got just over £3000 back. Makes you take a second look at the SELL list especially when I'm being penalised for surplus milk.

One Swedish Red cross born 2014 been out all winter as she went down and pulled a muscle in autumn, so dry baged. Nearly shot her in autumn.
Two holsteins staight from parlour , 2009 and 2012.
Well pleased.
now is the time to shift them, if the weather stays dry more cows will come forward but if your looking to replace with summer autumn milk it will still be an expensive hobby.
 

Fergieman

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Northumberland
Had 4 away today as well, not had the prices yet but going on the last ones ppkg they should be £1,000 each as well. What grades and ppkg were yours. 3x O- and 1xO+ here.
 
2 Milking Holsteins P+3 around 325 KG at 285p/Kg,
dry bagged SRx, -O3 408 kg at 300p/g

"if your looking to replace with summer autumn milk it will still be an expensive hobby."
Been milking for almost 50 years and not bought a cow yet, not about to start now!
 

cull cows

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2 Milking Holsteins P+3 around 325 KG at 285p/Kg,
dry bagged SRx, -O3 408 kg at 300p/g

"if your looking to replace with summer autumn milk it will still be an expensive hobby."
Been milking for almost 50 years and not bought a cow yet, not about to start now!
Dunbia?
 

Chae1

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Aberdeenshire
What are peoples thoughts on dispersing a whole herd?

Can't see them ever being worth more. Think theres tax advantages to cashing the lot.
 

farmerdan7618

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Somerset
Cows on herd basis are tax free if you reduce the herd by 20% or more in one year. Tax will be clawed back on them if they are replaced within the next five years.

As for cull cows, sold four through Frome market on Wednesday, 143-159ppk live weight averaged over 1k each. British Friesians
 
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Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
The culls are, herd would be 550-600. Keep the cake at 4kg/day flat rate for their final lactation and send on when below 8 litres. By that time they will be 700-800kg and sell well.
4x300 days is 1.2t
Low peak?
Herd average litres at 4kg average? 6000?

From that I'd say under feeding at peak and trying to catch up later?
 

farmerdan7618

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Livestock Farmer
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Somerset
4x300 days is 1.2t
Low peak?
Herd average litres at 4kg average? 6000?

From that I'd say under feeding at peak and trying to catch up later?
These are only the culls mind, not the whole herd. Yields would be more 5000-5500, start recording soon to find some more info about what we have taken on from Father, but that was the way the culls were done and it does work.

Final lactation would often be 500 days, but the decision to cull would be made at calving and then milk on until they get there. Not seeing loss of condition in early lactation.

Lots of things have the potential to change with us having taken it on, but Rome wasn't built in a day, and cows are creatures of habit.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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