Name: Michael Danagher
Location: Errill, Co. Laois
Enterprise: Pedigree Charolais herd with a number of commercial breeding females with 60% Shorthorn blood and some Charolais and Belgian-Blue influence. 60% of progeny finished on-farm.
This week, we installed new water troughs and laid new water pipes - the cattle were getting water from a river which we have since fenced off. Weaned bulls are being fed ration and being prepared for sale.
We power-washed all sheds and disinfected our calving units.
We saved our second cut of silage - this will ease the burden for additional winter fodder.
Our bought-in calves which are being bucket-fed will be dehorned. We are still in the process of spreading slurry and we hope to wrap this up later this week.
Name: Jamie Hayes
Enterprise: Suckler cows and finishing all progeny
- Suckler cows: 51;
- Cows calved: 51;
- Maiden heifers: 11;
- Yearlings: 41;
- 24 months: 32;
- Stock bulls: 2.
A very quiet week was had here with just the usual jobs being carried out. Grass growth has improved but more rain is needed. The 10-acres which were earmarked for the second cut was grazed; re-growth has been the best so far on these fields. Sweetgrass, a Nitrogen-based fertiliser was spread at a bag/acre on ground.
All work on the repairs of the beef shed has stopped as I broke my hand during the weekend playing hurling. Very good results have been witnessed on the ground that was sprayed for docks and buttercups.
The remainder of the week
We will scan all breeding females - cows and heifers and we are hoping for a good in-calf rate. If the weather holds, we will spread more fertiliser and we may even take a second cut of silage.
Name: Libby Clarke
Enterprise: Suckler farmer.
It's great to see warm weather and showers back on the forecast as the two need to go hand-in-hand for growth. It's amazing how after nearly 6-weeks with no rain, my farm has turned green again and grass is jumping out of the ground!
Following on from a spraying programme in the spring for rushes, I was finally able to get them mulched this week which has dramatically improved the appearance of the field instantly.
This is ground that was previously used to grow cereals but several wet years and cattle poaching <the fields closest to the yard always seem to get overgrazed!> has altered the natural drainage, so I was delighted to be able to get this project completed.