“Nedap allows me to be free to spend time with the family”
Ballinasloe, County Roscommon, Ireland
About the farm
- 120 dairy cows
- Spring calving based
- Grazing system
“We completed a 100% submission rate in less than four weeks, which we could never come near that before.”
Enda Doran runs a grass based dairy farm of 120 British-Frisian Holsteiner cross cows in County Roscommon, in the west of Ireland. He’s a new entrant and started dairy farming in 2016. He is no stranger to farming though, having been a suckler and sheep farmer in the past.
Submission rates went up immediately
“Since I went into dairy, I wasn’t long learning that fertility is one of the key drivers of the farm’s profitability”, Enda says. “That is the main reason I went with Nedap CowControl, as fertility was an issue on the farm.” Previously, Enda would rely on tailpaint but was not overly successful. Submission rates were about 50% in three weeks.
Since installing Nedap, it was already up to 97% in the first spring. “And we completed a 100% submission rate in less than four weeks, which we could never come near that before with the old system.”
Monitoring cows on the phone
Enda continues: “With the Nedap system, we can switch off in the evening. I’ve got a young family, so there’s always activities to go to. When I’m not in the fields I can monitor cows on the phone, I will get alerts if there’s problems with cows eating. So once you’ve finished your daily tasks, you really are finished.”
“We hope to increase the herd to 150 cows in the next year, and we hope to do so without extra workload. We feel that Nedap will help us to get there. I count it as a crucial part of running the farm and I have a 100% confidence in the system.”
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