Shane Kinsella along with his mother Siobhan and their 3 sons divert 84 cows nearby Piltown in Co. Kilkenny.
The flock operates a spring-calving complement and cows are calved in a parsimonious calving block. In 2018, a flock achieved an normal of 622kg of divert solids sole from a extending height of 65ac.
“We start calving around Jan 28 and aim to calve 90% by Mar 17. All replacements are innate within a initial 4 weeks,” pronounced Shane.
“With a inlet of a spring-calving system, we have a vast series of calves here on a plantation in a comparatively brief space of time. Bull calves are sole and we keep a dairy-bred heifers for destiny replacements.
“These heifer calves are a destiny of a flock and for this reason we place a outrageous importance on calf health and government practices,” he stated.
‘A large setback’
Speaking on his first-time knowledge with coccidiosis, Shane said: “A series of years ago we gifted an emanate where a few of a calves had a blood scour; this had not been seen on a plantation before though it was diagnosed as coccidiosis.
The calves were really shook and we treated a whole organisation with Vecoxan; they done a liberation though it was a large setback.
The aim for Shane is to have all heifers fit for use during 14 months-of-age, so that they can calve down all heifers during around 24 months so they tumble into their calving pattern.
“We can't means to let calf health be impacted with something like coccidiosis. Poor opening in terms of daily liveweight gains in a heifers will make it really difficult to strike a targets and keep these heifers in a complement operated here.
“We have used Vecoxan ever given a initial knowledge with coccidiosis and we haven’t had an emanate since.”
Continuing, Shane said: “Timing is critical and we generally sip a whole organisation indoors during 4 weeks-of-age.
Another critical care in this day and age is correspondence with a tag instructions, and we know that we have a leisure to use Vecoxan in any weight of calf either they are housed or outdoors.
“There are also no environmental restrictions on traffic with a dung from treated animals. With a immature family, we don’t need a additional weight of traffic with ill calves,” Shane concluded.
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