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The GrassRich Route

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Set up your farm for grazing and not for cutting silage. “There’s no point in growing grass and sticking it in the silage pit; that’s not where the money is made,”                Michael Donovan Teagasc 

The importance of grass measuring

Those measuring grass are growing 4.5t/ha/year more than those not measuring. Every paddock is different. If you’re not measuring, how do you control variability?
Cow infrastructure is important. Cow roadways, proper layout of paddocks and water troughs dictate how good cow infrastructure is. Having enough units in the milking parlour ensures milking is carried out in a timely manner Planning can also lead to efficiency. It is important to plan out your spring workload and how you will get it done.   50% of your yearly work will be done in the first three months of the year,

1. Set Up Your Farm For Grazing

2. Farmers Who Measure Grow More Grass

3. The importance of managing workload

4. The Perfect Cow

High yields of milk fat and protein A moderate-sized cow Excellent fertility High intake capacity relative to their moderate size High productivity per unit area

Steps to a Simple, Low cost, Resilient Dairy Farm System

Breeding Management Genetic improvements Feed conversion
Attracting and retaining great people

                               Go The GrassRich Route

Feeding the herd at grass – can we do better?

Donagh Berry, Stephen Butler and Frank Buckley Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark,
Paidi Kelly, Marion Beecher and Padraig French Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark,

The GrassRich Route

People first: Sustainable workloads to create an attractive and competitive career

The Perfect Cow

According to a Teagasc study, the most efficient dairy farmers only work 18 hours/cow/year. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. In order to improve efficiency at farm level, you need to focus on a number of key areas.
Dr. Donagh Berry, Teagasc geneticist on the benefits of crossbreeding said: “It’s possible to stock a herd of  crossbred cows at a higher level than Holstein Friesians.” As well as the additional profit of €100-150/cow/lactation, he said, crossbred cows are suited best to the Irish system. It’s a type of cow that is ideally suited to seasonal, pasture-based dairying. Benefits include:
Positive Farmers,  Cork, Ireland Office Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Telephone 087 6457987 email: mok.positivefarmers@gmail.com

www.positivefarmers.ie

,
Better Business
The GrassRich Route

The GrassRich Route

Steps to a Simple, Low cost, Resilient Dairy Farm System

1. Set Up Your Farm For Grazing

Set up your farm for grazing and not for cutting silage. “There’s no point in growing grass and sticking it in the silage pit; that’s not where the money is made,”      (Michael Donovan Teagasc)          

The importance of grass measuring. 

Those measuring grass are growing 4.5t/ha/year more than those not measuring. Every paddock is different. If you’re not measuring, how do you control variability?
According to a Teagasc study, the most efficient dairy farmers only work 18 hours/cow/year. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon. In order to improve efficiency at farm level, you need to focus on a number of key areas. Cow infrastructure is important. Cow roadways, proper layout of paddocks and water troughs dictate how good cow infrastructure is. Having enough units in the milking parlour ensures milking is carried out in a timely manner Planning can also lead to efficiency. It is important to plan out your spring workload and how you will get it done. 50% of your yearly work will be done in the first three months of the year,

3. The importance of managing workload

Dr. Donagh Berry’s teagasc geneticist on the benefits of crossbreeding said: “It’s possible to stock a herd of crossbred cows at a higher level than Holstein Friesians.” he said As well as the additional profit of €100-150/cow/lactation, crossbred cows are suited best to the Irish system. It’s a type of cow that is ideally suited to seasonal, pasture-based dairying. Benefits include: High yields of milk fat and protein; A moderate-sized cow; Excellent fertility; High intake capacity relative to their moderate size; High productivity per unit area.
Soil fertility for pasture Pasture renewal
Pasture management
Breeding Management Genetic improvements Feed conversion
Attracting and retaining great people

                               Go The GrassRich Route

Donagh Berry, Stephen Butler and Frank Buckley Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark
Paidi Kelly, Marion Beecher and Padraig French Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark,