Monitor Farms in Ireland

In Ireland there are 7 monitor farms participating in AUTOGRASSMILK.

Key figures from the Irish monitor farms.

ID IRE1 IRE2 IRE3 IRE4 IRE5 IRE6 IRE7
Region Munster Lenister Munster Ulster Munster Lenister
Farm description
Number of cows 86 86 113 75 73 182 50
Farm area (ha) 43 52 56 43 36 136 111
Roughage areal (ha) 4 5 8 10 5 18.3
Grazing areal (ha) 39 47 48 33 31 65 40
Breed Holstein Friesian Holstein Friesian Holstein Friesian Holstein Friesian Holstein Friesian Holstein Friesian Holstein Friesian
Calving Compact Spring Calving Compact Spring Calving Compact Spring Calving Compact Spring Calving Compact Spring Calving Compact Spring Calving Compact Spring Calving
Milk production
Milk yield (kg/cow) 6777 6233 4744 4463 6132 4957 4600
Milk protein (%) 3,54 3,32 3,65 3,19 3,37 3,84 3,43
Milk Fat (%) 4,24 4,07 4,50 3,94 3,74 4,63 4,06
Somatic Cell Count (x1000 calls/ml) 128 201 295 275 195 165 147
Feeding
Total Concentrate (kg per cow per year 938 1013 833 1116 517 556
Pasture management
Grazing – Date of beginning 20-Feb 15-Feb 02-Feb 14-Apr 12-Mar 20-Feb 01-Apr*
Grazing – Date of end 26-Nov 15-Nov 15-Nov 17-Nov 02-Okt 25-Nov 06-dec
Day + Night Grazing (Days) 235 233 263 199 199 252 247
Day Only Grazing (Days) 33 26 14 42 5 26 5
Milking system
Brand Lely A4 Lealy A4 Lely A4 Lely A4 Fullwood Merlin Lely A4 Lely A4
Number of units 2 2 2 1 1 4 1

* Delayed due to installation of AMS

Presentation of the Irish Monitor Farms from 2013 (PDF)