On Tuesday, Jun 30, a practical plantation travel was hold on a plantation of Kieran Hearne and his family, who were a 2019 winners of the National Dairy Council (NDC) and Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards.
The Hearne family plantation in Ballinacurra, Rathgormack, Co. Waterford. In 1993, Kieran took over a family plantation and given afterwards a plantation has grown in substantial size.
At that time, a milking flock consisted of 30 cows. However, like so many other dairy enterprises in Ireland, a plantation grew gradually. It was in 2008 when a enlargement of a plantation unequivocally took off.
A new 18-unit salon and apartment strew were built. At that stage, Kieran and his family were milking 93 cows. As of now, a milking flock consists of 200 cows that final year produced 1.1 million litres of divert on a milking retard of 82ha.
On a day of a practical plantation walk, Kieran gave an overview of his plantation and he also spoke about how he has managed to revoke his herd’s somatic dungeon count (SCC) over a years, as good as giving his views on divert recording.
On Tuesday, Kieran was asked what he puts his low sum bacterial count (TBC) and his herd’s low SCC down to, that has decreased from an normal of 140,000 cells/ml in 2013 to 72,000 cells/ml in 2018.
Kieran explained: “Attention to fact is key; it is not rocket science. We try to keep a cows as purify as possible.
“When they are housed we try to keep a cubicles purify during all times. If a cow comes into a salon unwashed we purify her up. We have a good soaking slight in a parlour. We find a auto-wash complement really good and we use a lot of prohibited H2O that we consider is key.
“The good thing about a auto-wash complement is that it’s consistent; no matter who is milking a cows we will get a same result.
We would use a prohibited rinse twice-a-day. We work tough on gripping a SCC low. In my opinion, to maximize a intensity from a cow she needs to have a low SCC.
“We guard any cow’s SCC from a divert recordings we lift out. Every morning we ‘draw a cows’. So any cow that has or had mastitis is treated and she’s taken divided from a categorical flock and put into a apart organisation and she is milked final so as to discharge a probability of cross-contamination.
“We take annals and record any cow that had mastitis via a year. It’s really critical to keep annals in my view.”
‘Milk recording is a no brainer’
On a subject of divert recording and if it is inestimable to do it, Kieran said: “Milk recording is a no brainer. In my opinion, if we were to usually divert record to find out a SCC of your cows afterwards that alone would be good value it.
The divert recording formula will give we an denote of what cows have a top SCC; it could be usually dual or 3 cows that are giving we bother.
“By identifying those integrate of high SCC cows we can go about perplexing to keep them underneath control. we had a cow final year and when we would ‘draw her’ she would be excellent though when we got a divert recording formula she had a really high SCC.
“That sold cow was causing a lot of repairs and usually for a divert recording results, we wouldn’t have identified her as carrying a high SCC.”