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Pre-calving management and good planning are key building blocks for suckler success

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WITH 70% of suckler cows calving in the months February to April, most suckler cows are now in mid or late pregnancy. Pre-calving management and preparing for calving are hugely important in order to avoid problems in the coming months. Management aspects to be considered include:

Stocking rate in pens: Most suckler cows are housed by now. As the calf foetus grows, so too does the space required by suckler cows. If pens are overstocked, cow performance will suffer. This is due partly to restricted movement in pens reducing free access to forage and reducing intakes.

Body condition score (BCS): Spring calving suckler cows need to be at BCS 2.5 at calving. Suckler cows should be divided and fed according to their BCS status. Over-fat cows may experience calving difficulties while thin cows may suffer depressed milk yield and may be delayed returning to heat for the next breeding season. 

Restrict feed to fat cows, while thin cows may need concentrates in order to meet their BCS target at calving time. Grouping cows on body condition will allow feeding levels to be targeted to nutritional demand. The ideal situation is where cows can be split into three groups – cows in excessive condition that can be restricted; cows in ideal body condition and fed to maintain that; and under-fleshed cows requiring preferential treatment. Shy feeders, older cows in the herd and first calvers will likely be in this latter group.               

It is important to act early – there is little point trying to starve cows or pump cows up in the weeks approaching calving in the hope of getting cows into the required body condition. Cow condition need to be monitored right throughout the winter so that cows are fit and not fat before calving.

Parasites: Fluke and lice are the most troublesome parasite of mature suckler cows. Well fed, healthy cows should have strong immunity to worms. All housed cows should have been treated for fluke at this stage with products that are effective against immature and adult flukes. If treating cows now, consult your vet on the best product to use. When treating for lice, make sure to cover all the stock in the shed at the one time. 

Mineral/trace element supplementation: Silage is generally well balanced in major minerals but is deficient in trace elements such as Copper, Selenium and Iodine. Pre-calving mineral licks (in buckets) can be offered to cows 4 to 6 weeks prior to calving. Alternatively, if feeding a coarse ration, a dry cow mineral mix can be sprinkled on the ration or silage at a rate of 100grams per head/day for 4 to 6 weeks before calving. Compound rations will contain minerals. 

Vaccination: Where there has been scour outbreaks in young calves in the past, vaccines can be used in combination with good nutrition and hygiene to combat these infections. Vaccines against E.coli, Rotavirus, Coronavirus and Salmonella will give passive immunity to calves via colostrum. These vaccines generally have to be given 1-3 months prior to calving to be effective so may sure you give them on time.

Calving area: Good hygiene is all important. Have calving boxes power washed and disinfected (1 calving box per 10 cows). Ensure sufficient straw is in store. Don’t skimp on straw for very young calves.

Safety: Cows have a strong maternal instinct and can become aggressive in protecting their calves immediately after calving. Ensure cows are safely secured. Check out calving gate to see if it works properly and is secure. Cows showing prolonged calving aggression should be culled and slaughtered after weaning the calf.

*Anthony O’Connor is a Teagasc Adviser, Galway/Clare Regional Unit. Comments to anthony.oconnor@teagasc.ie

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Galway is top of the table for payments in GLAS

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Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

GALWAY tops the league both in terms of payment total and farming numbers for the GLAS environmental scheme, the latest figures from the Dept. of Agriculture reveal.

Almost €13.7 million is being paid out in the 2022 Advance GLAS Payments to 3,951 farmers in Galway – averaging out at nearly €3,500 per farmer.

Mayo comes second on the payments list with over €12.4m being paid out to 3,683 farmers – equating to an average payment of just under €3,400 per applicant.

The importance of GLAS payments to the western seaboard counties is also highlighted by the fact that Donegal comes in third on the pay league, with €9.54m being paid to 3,026 farmers in that county – averaging out at just under €3,200 per applicant.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, said that the uptake in GLAS across the whole western region highlighted the importance of the scheme to farmers in the more marginal areas.

“While we had hoped that the ACRES would be of a similar nature to GLAS, farmers here in the West still should definitely give serious consideration to applying for inclusion in the new scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Five seaweed extracts have been identified as inflammation inhibitors for people with Crohn’s disease

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HUMBLE seaweed – often only thought of in the past as a natural fertiliser – could now be the key to treating millions of people across the world who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), according to a Teagasc research project.

An estimated six million people globally (40,000 in Ireland) suffer from IBD – also known as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis – a painful and disruptive condition which in cases can be life threatening.

Now, as part of the latest EU Horizon 2020 Algae41BD project, Teagasc researchers are exploring the identification and development of what are known as ‘small molecules’ derived from seaweed which can provide relief from IBD.

According to the latest edition of the Teagasc TResearch magazine, the project involves research institutes with experiencing in the harvesting and aquaculture of seaweeds and microalgae, as well as gastroenterologists, food and functional food product developers, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Algae, or seaweed, has according to Teagasc been consumed as a human food for thousands of years across Asia, as well as in Central and South America, but in Europe it’s use as a food, functional food, or drug is ‘only just beginning to be explored’.

Teagasc researchers point out that the health benefits of small molecules found in seaweeds and microalgae is a relatively new area of bio-discovery of biodiversity for researchers.

“Marine species of both seaweeds and microalgae have tremendous potential for use as a reservoir of health-beneficial bioactive molecules and food ingredients,” Teagasc state.

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Don’t miss deadline for 2023 fodder scheme!

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Roy O'Brien: Reminder of early 2023 fodder scheme deadline.

FARMERS and agri-advisors/consultants have been reminded ‘not to long-finger’ their applications for the 2023 Fodder Subsidy Scheme which has a deadline date in early December of this year.

Galway-Mayo IFA Regional Executive, Roy O’Brien, told the Farming Tribune, that farmers needed to keep in mind the early deadline for the 2023 scheme.

“Payments for this year’s Fodder Support Scheme are due to be paid next month but farmers need to bear in mind the earlier deadline for applications for the 2023 applications.

“We certainly welcome the roll-over of the scheme in 2023 which will be of assistance to many farmers in ensuring that they have enough fodder for the following winter,” said Roy O’Brien.

The deadline date for 2023 applications is Monday, December 5 next and is open to all farmers who had applied successfully for aid in this year’s scheme.

Earlier this month, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue, confirmed the roll-over of the Fodder Support Scheme in 2023 and urged all 71,000 farmers who had applied for this year’s scheme to do so again for next year.

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