Beef Update: Potato harvesting, slaughtering cattle and calving

Spreading dung; purchasing weanlings; the birth of an Irish Moiled calf and dung sampling - see more here.

Beef Update: Budget 2019, purchasing Easycare sheep and silage

Spreading slurry; dosing; cutting hedges; attending the Organic Trust AGM and preparing for the winter - read this week’s update here.

Beef Update: Fencing, calving and preparing for housing

Gearing up for ploughing competitions; the tail-end of Silage 2018; finishing cattle and purchasing new stock.

Beef Update: Poor factory prices, farm walks and silage

A trip to Ardlea Limousins and the Derrypatrick herd; returning to college; weaning and slaughtering cattle - see more from Michael; Jamie and Aaron.

Beef Update: ‘The Ploughing’, purchasing straw and calving

Slaughtering cattle; 'the ploughing'; tagging calves; calving cows and waiting for the golden opportunity to obtain the second cut of silage.

Beef Update: Selling at the mart, a virus outbreak & selecting cattle for slaughter

Calving and preparing the sheds for winter dominated Michael’s agenda; Jamie weaned calves and Aaron weighed lambs and selected cattle for slaughter.

Beef Update: Exploring rare breeds, purchasing cattle & limited grass growth

Aaron visited numerous farms with rare cattle and sheep breeds in England, while calving and the breeding season continued on Michael's farm.

Beef Update - Pairing hooves, rat bait, flushing and organic beef prices.

Laying rat baits, organic beef prices, delayed second cuts, spraying rushes, pairing hooves, finishing repairs and much more. Get it all on this week's Beef update below.

Beef Update: Silage, calving, a C-section and power-washing

Jamie took a second cut of silage and spread fertiliser, while on Michael’s farm, heifers were AI’d and the bull was removed from the spring-calving suckler herd and Libby collected semen from her UK-bred bull.

Beef Update: Scanning, culling empty cows and cutting silage

This week, Jamie obtained 32 second-cut bales from 10-acres and earmarked cows for culling, following disappointing scanning results.

Beef Update: Preparing weanlings for sale, silage and mulching rushes

Michael took a second-cut of silage; Jamie’s farming plans were altered due to a broken hand and Libby mulched rushes.

Beef Update: Breeding, castrating bull calves & spreading fertiliser

Libby commenced creep-feeding calves; Rian identified the farm’s soil types; Michael spread fertiliser; Jamie completed a BTAP herd health plan and Joe began planning the second cut.

Beef Update: Spraying, breeding, cutting silage and purchasing straw

Our new contributor Michael scanned cows; Joe cut silage and got 35% less bales and Jamie began preparing the beef finishing shed ahead of next winter.

Beef Update: Tackling reoccurring ragwort infestations

Galway-based Wagyu farmer Joe Desmond discusses NUIG’s €1.4m sustainable pesticide research programme and a problem with ragwort forced him to conduct his own research.

Beef Update: Crying for rain and preparing for winter

Jamie collected his F1 Wagyu heifer this week and spread Richland, while Joe’s has now turned his attention to reducing the farm’s stocking rate.

Beef Update: Slurry, Pit Silage, Haymaking and Calving

Libby judged the Beef Shorthorn classes at Royal Highland Show, Rian slaughtered young Stabiliser bulls, Jamie spread fertiliser and the breeding season continued on Joe’s farm.

Beef Update: Slurry, Fertiliser, Haymaking & Field Safety

This week, slurry and fertiliser spreading dominated Jamie’s agenda, while Joe was faced with an incident that could have been very dangerous for a neighbour’s livestock.

Beef Update: Flushing; Breeding & Finishing Cattle

Rian Kennedy, a Stabiliser farmer was baffled when a red calf was born to a black cow, while Libby was busy preparing for the Highland Show and the herd was also declared TB-free!

Beef Update: Dosing, Silage & Scanning!

Silage was made on Jamie’s home-farm; Joe focused on pre-calving care; with an aim to calve Wagyu heifers under 24-months and Libby has been busy with land sales & TB testing the herd.

Beef Update: Semen sales, silage & scooping silverware

Libby claimed a prestigious title with her Beef Shorthorn heifer; Joe failed to spread FYM and spray land due to a rain alert & Jamie baled up the first paddock of the season.