Once a day milking

jay gatsby

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At home here at the cows with 30 yrs, as above when I came home from ag college and placement it was straight in to milking but used to get plenty of time off.we don't milk on Sunday evening from the middle of oct until drying off and the parlour is shut down for Christmas and new yr .find it great to recharge the batteries.
Absolutely the right attitude. A few lads I know in recent years going up in numbers and decided to milk on a few over the winter when the price was good, turns into a vicious circle
 

Carrigogunnell

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I think lads do themselves no favours, if you are milking cows at 7 am and still milking cows that night at 8 pm that cannot do anyones mental health any good. I know with covid we are in strange times but you have to have something outside of farming either it be sport, cards,acting anything really.
Around here lads are pretty good on milking times but we do a good bit of work 10 k away for 4 or 5 lads, sweet jesus they might not start cows till 8 or after and be still milking at 9 or 10.... the same lads then be doing more bolloxing during the day. These are the very lads that will tell ya there sick of the hrs and working..
 

podge 23

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I know this crack of milking through the winter is a balls,(unless your into winter milk of course )like kevereland said it’s hard to bate it having Xmas and new year not milking cows neway and each Sunday evening too . Are they x breeds cows you have then keverland ?
We would be guilty of that here alright starting late carrigounnell !
 

Bencroy

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If you have good facilities its no big deal to be milking all yr round.to many milking in parlours thats to small.milk and washup in the hour.anywhere up this neck most lads are milking through.with a 5 to 6 mth winter and the odd time a bit longer there in and have to be fed anyway
 

kverneland es 80

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We were winter milk and have good facilities .things came to a head this day 14 yrs ago when my father died suddenly at 66 yrs of age I had 3 children under 2 yrs of age .changes had to be made .we might go back to winter milk in the future. Winters are short here in normal circumstances 60 to 90 days
 

humungus

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My father had a workman turn up Stephens day looking to go ploughing to clear his head after the stress of Christmas. He stayed happily married to the same person until he died. The turmoil of some minor domestic dispute against the rhythm of ploughing .
believe it or not i like milking christmas night , gets me out of the house and freshens the mind plus the radio is always great at that time :santa:
 

jf 850

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unless you are highly educated or in the public sector , money is hard earned these days , fellas driving and delivering for a living often do 50% extra hours over the advertised and end up with little more than minimum wage , they do a few hours work every day at the depot before getting behind the wheel , know a few lads at it
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believe it or not i like milking christmas night , gets me out of the house and freshens the mind plus the radio is always great at that time :santa:

I havent milked on Christmas day in maybe 15 - 20 years .
But , I'd be the same , as in i like going out in the afternoon of Christmas day to gave cattle silage . Like being on my own for a while. No radio though. Never listen to it. Odd time maybe Spin Sw.
NO interest in news , current affairs.
And half the world would be much better off , to not listen to all the depressing drivel being horsed out by the likes of George Lee re COVID , at the minute .
I would look at the news 20 times in the year .
 

2 Red Masseys

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You'll find another way to fill up your day if you go OAD imo
I know one herd at it and they nearly do all there own machinery work, can't see much point in that tbh

If it was me I'd be extending the parlour so it was only 5 or 6 rows to milk, be hard get fed up of that I think, you'd be milked and washed up in the hour

You'd loose an awful lot of output not to mention cows that dont suit, they'd surely pay the repayments on an extension or a new build to make things quicker, we're extending our parlour this winter after only putting in a new machine 3 years ago - still have 2 years repayments left on that part 😂 will be back to 7.5 rows vs the 12 this year. This will sort us for the foreseeable i hope!

One thing is for sure is that it's done for lifestyle and not for profit
 

podge 23

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So a update on what I said previously an 1.20 for milking and between washing and everything else all in it takes 2.5 hours per milking ...
 

Mf310

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So a update on what I said previously an 1.20 for milking and between washing and everything else all in it takes 2.5 hours per milking ...
Many rows is that? 2.5 hours from opening the gap to closing gap? Wouldnt be excessive considering , we would be just over 1.5 hours here from turning on machine to closing gap, we have Battlatch so cows will be in yard for milking time so that saves i suppose near on a half hour every milking too.
 

humungus

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So a update on what I said previously an 1.20 for milking and between washing and everything else all in it takes 2.5 hours per milking ...
nothing unusual about that if it includes going for and putting out the cows , handy paddock near the yard maybe quicker and then the far away ones a bit longer even
 

AYF

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You'll find another way to fill up your day if you go OAD imo
I know one herd at it and they nearly do all there own machinery work, can't see much point in that tbh

If it was me I'd be extending the parlour so it was only 5 or 6 rows to milk, be hard get fed up of that I think, you'd be milked and washed up in the hour

You'd loose an awful lot of output not to mention cows that dont suit, they'd surely pay the repayments on an extension or a new build to make things quicker, we're extending our parlour this winter after only putting in a new machine 3 years ago - still have 2 years repayments left on that part 😂 will be back to 7.5 rows vs the 12 this year. This will sort us for the foreseeable i hope!

One thing is for sure is that it's done for lifestyle and not for profit
Not enough of a price is ever given on that in costings!!

Mate of mine sumed it up. Put in a rotary, everyone said it won't pay, big herringbone is what you need at your numbers.

I asked him how it was going, his reply was that he'd milked then had breakfast with his kids, and picked up his 11 yr old up from school for the first time ever two days after starting in the rotary. Can't put a price on that he said. He has 4 kids and had missed far too much of their lives from standing in a pit 4 hrs morning and night in his old setup.
 

Bencroy

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If we listened to teagasc and accountants all the time we'd have nothing on making big investments.at the end of the day very few will get wealthy farming but if we can get a better quality of life with it so be it.always get the pair up and ready for creche and sometimes young lad might be gone to bed if hes tired when id come in
 

podge 23

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Does any 1 on here milk once a day (I know I have asked it before but didn’t really get any answers) or would consider it in the future ??
 

FIAT 450

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It's something to consider oad I'd say podge. If you do decide I'd start in the spring, dry off now and when you start calving go straight to oad. Might be easier on cows, just my view nothing scientific about it. But be warned it can rise scc and you will see a bit of a decrease in yeild
 

Tim818

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I milk OAD from early Dec until a week after cows start calving. Usually down to likes of 20 cows end of Jan, only reason I milk on is I still got afew May/June calvers ha.
 
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