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PHOTO: ALF HAR­VEY late Septem­ber and put about 20 of them on Once A Day (OAD) milk­ing.

He also sep­a­rated and housed the empty cows on 4kg of meal plus silage.

That group are be­ing milked OAD and al­ready you can see them im­prov­ing and they will be pre­sentable when we sell them next month or early De­cem­ber.

This has re­duced our stock­ing rate to 3.4 cows/ha and soon we will re­duce it fur­ther by dry­ing off the Fe­bru­ary calv­ing first calvers and move them to one of the out farms.

All th­ese ac­tions when com­bined should al­low us to milk the main herd off grass till early De­cem­ber.

We weighed the in­calf heifers and while their weights var­ied from 375kg to 475kg, body con­di­tion score was ex­cel­lent and breed type was deemed to be the rea­son.

We have been more proac­tive with the calves this year and for the most part I am sat­is­fied that they are on tar­get.

The light­est 10 were sep­a­rated and housed two weeks ago on 3kg of meal. We kept the rest of the group on sec­ond cut af­ter­grass plus 1 kg of meal.

They were treated with a pour-on for worms and I am happy they are thriv­ing. There is grass for about another month and all calves will be housed at that stage.

Henry and Pa­tri­cia Walsh farm in Oran­more, Co Gal­way, along with their son, Enda, and neigh­bour and out-farm owner John Mo­ran

Shane Dunne, Clonad, Co Laois, win­ner of a Honda Quad in the Far­mIre­land App down­load com­pe­ti­tion re­ceives the keys from Margaret Don­nelly, ed­i­tor Far­mIre­ and Colin Lynch, Honda Ire­land.

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