Freedom and Flexibility Afforded by a Lely Robot

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Lely Mullingar in association with Ulster Bank look forward to an open day on the dairy farm of Cormac Quinn & family Tuesday January 16th. The event runs from noon - 4pm on the family farm in Drumacon, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan. Ulster Bank look forward to meeting you at this knowledge event.

Cormac is currently milking 80 pedigree Jersey cows on a grazing platform of 16.5hectares with a stocking rate of 5LU/Ha. The grazing season commences in early February with approx. 14 tonnes of grass grown/ha in 2017. Herd average is 5,500 litres per cow with 4.05% protein and 6% fat recorded for 2017. Current milk solids are 510kg per cow with TBCs 8,000 and SCC 105,000 cells per ml.

Cormac installed a Lely Robot in August 2016 to replace his existing 6 unit herringbone parlour. He now successfully operates an ABC grazing system where cows are offered grass every 8 hours. The main reason for the move to a robotic system was the freedom and flexibility it afforded Cormac to achieve a work/life balance. As a father of young children and a keen, competitive club football player, the robotic system allows simultaneous achievement of often conflicting objectives.

Ulster Bank was delighted to support Cormac with his farming vision and we look forward to attending the farm open day. With an abundance of information, experience and key insights available across the day, the farm event is a must for all interested in dairy farming. Key topics for discussion include technical efficiency, grazing management, herd health, financial management and the role robotic systems can play in efficient dairy systems.

We look forward to meeting you in Castleblaney. Fingers crossed for blue skies!

 

Comments 2

Tara De Buitlear on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:40

Looking forward to hearing and seeing Cormac's diary operation at first hand.
Sounds like a lot of learnings and best practice will be on show.

Looking forward to hearing and seeing Cormac's diary operation at first hand. Sounds like a lot of learnings and best practice will be on show.
Karen Keeley on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:20

Freedom, flexibility and work life balance are not often associated with dairy farming, sounds great?

Freedom, flexibility and work life balance are not often associated with dairy farming, sounds great?
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