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Do you know if your cows are getting enough water?

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While dairy cow numbers have increased on some farms, drinking troughs in many cases have not.As a result, drinking trough size and/or poor flow rates are incapable of meeting the cows’ water requirements.
'While dairy cow numbers have increased on some farms, drinking troughs in many cases have not.As a result, drinking trough size and/or poor flow rates are incapable of meeting the cows’ water requirements.This is an issue on many dairy farms, with Teagasc research showing that inadequate water intakes result in reduced feed intake, poor daily gain and feed conversion along with lower milk production.On warm days the cows requirement for water dramatically increases, particularly after milking when she will consume 30-50% of her water intake.According to Teagasc, on a “cold wet day dairy cows require 10L of water and during a warm sunny day a cow’s daily water requirement jumps to 90L”. Trough capacity Troughs which are too small for the required herd result in an inadequate water reserve, bullying at drinking and a drop in milk yield.Teagasc recommends 9L/cow (two gallons / cow); or, in order words, 1,350L (300 gallons) for 150 cows.Troughs should also be ideally located in the centre of the paddock to minimise the cows’ walk for water and to avoid cows crowding at gaps – causing damage and delays when cows are exiting the paddock.Flow rate Dairy cows can drink up to 14L of water per minute.Therefore, the rate in which the water enters the drinker is important to consider.Assuming the daily demand is 70L/cow and almost 50% is consumed in the three hours after milking, an hourly flow rate of 12L/hour is required.For a 100-cow herd this means 1,200L/hour or 20L/minute.How to check flow rate: Mark the level of water in the drinker; Tie up the ballcock and empty 20L from the drinker; Release the ballcock and measure how long it takes to fill to the mark; Divide 20L by the time taken to refill.If the flow rate is less than that which is required for your herd, then your water supply system needs to be improved. . The post Do you know if your cows are getting enough water? appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Pics: Latest entries in our Harvest Competition

Agriculture Agriland.ie

There was an increase in the number of combines hitting the fields at the end of this week.Thursday, July 18, saw the harvest move up the country, but the work was short-lived as rain came in overnight and halted progress on Friday.
'There was an increase in the number of combines hitting the fields at the end of this week.Thursday, July 18, saw the harvest move up the country, but the work was short-lived as rain came in overnight and halted progress on Friday.AgriLand readers have been busy sending in their harvest pictures and the break in the weather might provide time for some people to get theirs emailed in.Check out how to enter below.Farm Safety week is drawing to a close, but safety should always be top of the list of priorities on farms.When taking your photographs, be aware of the dangers around you.Check out some of these images (below) to get an overview of the photographs we’ve been receiving at AgriLand headquarters.The main/featured image (above) was sent in by Paddy Geoghan and features John Morrisson cutting Pixel winter barley.John can also be seen cutting in his Claas Lexion 670 in these pictures (below). John’s grain was destined for Pat Denn Agriculture in Cappoquinn and was coming in at a moisture content of 15% on Thursday, July 18.David Moloney sent in this shot (below). It first depicts Tom Prendergast cutting at Shanballyduff, Cashel, with a New Holland CX8070.In these further images (below), David caught two combines working at New Inn, Co.Tipperary.The barley was destined for Brett Brothers in Windgap.This New Holland CX8060 was side-filling into a triple-axle Pronar chaser-bin.Working in the same field was this John Deere T550 (below). When David was on his travels he also spotted this field of winter barley (below) still to be cut; the Rock of Cashel and Hore Abbey are clearly visible in the background.How to enter You can email your pictures to:  siobhan@agriland.ie ; alternatively, you can tag @AgrilandIreland  on Twitter and Facebook . Don’t forget to let us know what part of the country you’re in and when the shot was taken.You can also add #Harvest2019 if you want to share your shots with the wider  Twitter  community, but make sure to tag  @AgrilandIreland  so we can see them. . The post Pics: Latest entries in our Harvest Competition appeared first on Agriland.ie .'

Minister visits site of 61 new Killarney houses

Residence KillarneyToday.com

ONE of Ireland’s largest sustainable social housing developments is currently being developed in Killarney and it is due for completion in early 2020.
'Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy with, from left, Moira Murrell, CEO Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Mayor of Kerry, Brian O’Gorman, CEO, Clúid Housing, Michael Cronin, Managing Director, Thermohouse, Clr Michael Gleeson, Mayor of Killarney Martin O’Donoghue, Director of Housing, Kerry County Council and Minister of State Brendan Griffin on site at Dereen, Killarney.Picture:s: MacMonagle ONE of Ireland’s largest sustainable social housing developments is currently being developed in Killarney and it is due for completion in early 2020.Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy, yesterday visited the site of the Sruthán na Sailí development in Derreen, which is a project being undertaken by Clúid Housing, in partnership with Kerry County Council, Rebuilding Ireland and Kerry-based low energy building system manufacturer Thermohouse Limited.The Derreen development, which commenced in January 2019, consists of 61 two and three-bed dwellings built using a low energy building system which makes it up to 60 per cent faster than traditional construction methods.Seamus Downing proudly shows off his football medal to Minister Eoghan Murphy in the kitchen of his new home in Ard Bhearna in Kenmare Michael Cronin, Managing Director of Thermohouse said Clúid’s development at Derreen illustrates the benefits of the complete low energy building system comprising of interlocking walls, floors and roofs modules. “Manufactured off-site at our Killarney factory, these future-proofed homes are faster to construct, more energy efficient and benefit from a 60-year system guarantee,” he said.Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, and Mayor of Kerry Cllr Niall Kelleher officially open the Ard Bhearna estate in Kenmare While in Kerry, Minister Murphy also performed the official opening of 33 new local authority social housing units in Kenmare where a 22-unit scheme at Ard Bhearna, Gortamullin, Kenmare has been provided.The €4.25 million Kerry County Council scheme provides two and three bedroom homes constructed by Kenmare Plant Hire Ltd.The minister also took time to visit 11 new homes at Croílár na Mistéalach in Tralee which are part of a larger €4.6m development and which form part of the wider Mitchels-Boherbee Community Regeneration Project.The minister pictured with public representatives and residents at Ard Bhearna in Kenmare Minister Murphy was also given a tour of the 21 new homes at An Dún, Killeen, Tralee, being constructed by Ned O’Shea and Sons Ltd on behalf of the local authority, for the elderly and people with disabilities in particular at a cost of €3.8 million.Mayor of Kerry Cllr Niall Kelleher, remarked: “Those who will come to live in these houses will make them their homes and I hope that the new residents will be very happy and comfortable.I warmly welcome the further progression of Kerry County Council’s housing programme and the 115 new homes – some of which are being developed in partnership with Clúid Housing – are of tremendous benefit in meeting the housing need in many parts of Kerry”. Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, said the housing programme in Kerry has very clear targets and has put the necessary funding streams in place to provide homes for those in need of accommodation across the county. © KillarneyToday.com is the 24/7 online news service provided by O’Mahony Media Advertise to grow your business: Over 310,000 views every month.Over 21,000 followers on Facebook.Call 087-2229761 . The post Minister visits site of 61 new Killarney houses appeared first on KillarneyToday.com .'