Pictured: Matthew Hill
Lakeland Agri milk suppliers, Adrian and Matthew Hill are a father and son team, milking approximately 70 Holstein-Friesian cows on a grass-based system outside Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Today, the cows calve in a split autumn and spring pattern; however, Matthew says they are hoping to transition to a spring calving milk production system in the years ahead.
The key to enabling this transition is having well-bred heifers, with excellent growth rates that are ready to be bulled at the required time. Over the last number of years, the Hills have achieved just that, by using a combination of the Lakeland Agri Munchy Calf Muesli and the Lakeland Agri Calf Grower Nut.
The calves are started on the Lakeland Agri Munchy Calf Muesli after birth and are then transitioned onto the Lakeland Agri Calf Grower Nut. They are fed over 1 kg of this prior to weaning and fed between 1-2 kg of nuts at grass throughout the grazing season.
Commenting on his experience of the Lakeland Agri Calf Grower Nut Matthew said,
We have been using the Lakeland Agri Calf Grower Nut for a number of years now and the calves have done really well. We always end up with a bunch of well-grown heifers that are ready to bull when we want them to. This is important to us as we are trying to tighten up our calving interval and move to all spring calving. There were no issues with switching from the Munchy Calf Muesli to the Calf Grower Nut among the young calves and there is always a great shine off their coats. I would have no issue recommending this product to other farmers.
The Lakeland Agri Calf Grower Nut is a 16 % high energy calf feed suitable for use as pat of your calf rearing programme following the use of a Lakeland Agri calf starter-feed. It is formulated to 16 % protein, which is perfect for feeding with calves going to grass.