Tuesday 30 August 2016

Coordinated calving is a key target for dairy farms 

Kevin O'Sullivan, Teagasc A key target on all dairy farms is to have more than 75 per cent of cows calving within a period of six weeks from the commencement of calving. This target is important for a number of reasons that will dictate the efficiency and profitability of the dairy herd for the year. These include an early and sustained peak milk supply, increased days in milk, improved labour efficiency, fewer cows culled as empty, less recycling cows and more early-born heifer calves.