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.

Beef Update: Silage, Culling cows & Finishing Wagyus

This week, Jamie earmarked 3 cows for culling due to constant lameness, while Joe let stock outdoors, but continues to battle slowed grass growth.

Beef Update: Calving & Re-housing Stock

Jamie has rehoused all the stock once again; Joe took time to focus on mental health & Libby is counting the days until Balmoral Show.

Beef Update: Weather improves & calving continues

This week - Libby Clarke purchased a pedigree SH heifer online; Jamie Hayes fenced land & spread fertiliser, while Joe Desmond focuses on finishing Wagyu.

**NEW** Beef Update: Battling the Elements & Getting Stock Outdoors

This week, Jamie Hayes spread urea & slurry, while a low fodder supply resulted in Joe Desmond’s attempt to empty the shed, but adverse weather sparked alternative plans.