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The work done in March provides the foundations for this year’s harvest. Spring Cereals grow from seed to maturity in approximately 120 days and the old saying “well sown is half grown” is still as important as ever.
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That product, fed in combination with Quinn’s 17% Calf Follow-On ration, has resulted in calves weaning two weeks earlier, at 10 weeks.
The time is fast approaching to sow spring crops for Harvest 2018. As always Quinns are stocking a wide range of cereal and bean varieties from the Department of agriculture recommended lists. It is important not only to choose the right crop but also the right variety for your farm.
Following the recent completion of an additional state of the art feed pelleting plant Quinns can now offer a comprehensive range of quality nuts alongside coarse rations. The new feed plant is accredited under the Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) and all grain purchased is from Irish Grain Assurance Scheme (IGAS) approved growers.
Due to rapid foetal growth in late pregnancy ewe nutrition requirements rise rapidly. Feeding ewes appropriately, particularly in the last 6 – 7 weeks pre-lambing, influences lamb birth weight, lamb vigour and ultimately lamb survival.
As well as growing her lambs it enables the ewe to produce an adequate supply of colostrum for the newborn lambs while also maintaining her own body reserves.
The ewes feed requirements in late pregnancy is generally met by hay/silage and concentrates or grass and concentrates for outwintered sheep. In theory the ewes energy requirements could be met with excellent quality (75 -80% DMD) silage or an adequate supply of spring grass with protein and mineral supplementation for the nal 3 weeks pre lambing.
In practice most ewes are supplemented with concentrates along with average quality roughage (65 – 67% DMD). Arepresentative silage sample analysis will allow you to decide how much and for how long you will need to feed concentrates. In the last 3 weeks of pregnancy protein intake is most critical. At this stage the ewe needs to take in 200 grams of protein per day. All feeds that the ewe eats contributes to this daily requirement but in terms of quality soya bean meal is the best available.
The best quality colostrum is of a thick consistency and yellowish in colour. Take particular note of the first few ewes to lamb – if milk supply is poor you may need to increase the protein of the overall diet.
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Feeding the Dry Cow, Cows should have an eight-week dry period in preparation for the next lactation.This may need to be extended if cows have a poor Body Condition Score (BCS). Cows should calve down and be dried off at a BCS of 3.25. During the dry period the cow’s diet must be managed to ensure she calves down and begins the next lactation in the correct ‘body-condition’. If the cow is too fat or too thin at calving, subsequent milk production and fertility will suffer.