A Dairy Farmer's Day
Getting the cows ready for milking and cleaning their cubicles.
Milking the cows, scraping yards and re-bedding the cows’ sleeping area.
Washing down the milking parlour, feeding calves, feeding breeding cows and monitoring/treating cows who have just calved.
Mixing high-quality forage rations in a mixing wagon. Making sure young stock are cleaned and given fresh bedding, feed and water.
Checking all the young stock out at grass and moving them to new fields on a regular basis. Fencing fields and changing/refilling water tanks.
Livestock management, maintaining farm building and machinery and completing computer inputs.
Milking the cows for the second time, scraping yards.
Cleaning the parlour and feeding calves again.
Proving evening feed, walking through the herd to make sure all are in good health, turning cattle shed lights off. Setting up for the morning’s milking.
That is just the day-to-day routine work! Jersey Dairy farmers do lots of other jobs too, including:
Trimming field hedgerows twice a year (Jersey branchage); this can take up to 200 hours! In winter months, checking for and clearing fallen trees.
Field cultivations and planting:
Preparing seed beds (ploughing, tilling, rotavating, harrowing, sub-soiling), growing main crop feeds such as grass, maize and wheat, and fertilising and weeding crop fields to ensure a successful crop.
Collecting manure to make organic fertiliser.
Recording of field applications, animal movements, feed purchases, animal registrations, paperwork for the farm hygiene and animal welfare assurance schemes Red Tractor and ‘LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming’).