A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

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Despite snow flakes fluttering & a crisp January wind biting, a large crowd attended the Lely - Ulster Bank openday on the farm of Cormac Quinn on Tuesday January 16th.

Certainly the adage 'A picture paints a thousand words' was apt with all in attendance eager to see & experience the Lely robot in operation. The farm carries 80 Jersey cows on a 40 acre grazing block producing 2,450kg of milk solids in 2017 with 1.3t of concentrate fed per cow. The farm recently completed an upgraded dairy unit with a new cubicle shed, calving area and robotic milking system.

The grazing infrastructure on the farm was also designed by Lely Mullingar with an ABC grazing system in operation where cows are offered grass automatically every eight hours. in 2017, the farm grew 14t of DM per ha with grass the primary driver of production on the farm.

Visitors to the farm openday saw the robot in operation with cows and freshly calved heifers moving freely through the system. Both Lely and Ulster Bank staff were in attendance to meet with visitors, discuss the options and answer all queries. While the robotic system will not suit all farms and farmers, it certainly is a successful addition to the Quinn farm. Cormac spoke highly of the robotic system and the benefits it simultaneously offers both his farm and family.

Importantly, Cormac continues to focus on key farm management behaviours in relation to grass growth, grass utilisation, calving interval, herd health and the level of concentrate fed. Like any progressive business, Cormac has set targets for 2018 and beyond. We wish him and his family continued health and success.

 

 

Comments 2

Tara De Buitlear on Monday, 22 January 2018 12:04

A great day of learning and sharing helpful information for those interested in assessing a robotic milking model for their dairy operation. A big thanks also to Cormac who had a very warm welcome for the 200 plus crowd who visited his farm last week - despite the very challenging weather conditions !

A great day of learning and sharing helpful information for those interested in assessing a robotic milking model for their dairy operation. A big thanks also to Cormac who had a very warm welcome for the 200 plus crowd who visited his farm last week - despite the very challenging weather conditions !
Rory Cogan on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:54

A great way for interested farmers to see the robotic model working first hand. You'd have to think that it must be a consideration for dairy farmers with younger families. A lot of Cost vs. Effort vs. Impact analysis I'd imagine....

A great way for interested farmers to see the robotic model working first hand. You'd have to think that it must be a consideration for dairy farmers with younger families. A lot of Cost vs. Effort vs. Impact analysis I'd imagine....
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