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Spreading dung; purchasing weanlings; the birth of an Irish Moiled calf and dung sampling - see more here.
Spreading slurry; dosing; cutting hedges; attending the Organic Trust AGM and preparing for the winter - read this week’s update here.
Gearing up for ploughing competitions; the tail-end of Silage 2018; finishing cattle and purchasing new stock.
A trip to Ardlea Limousins and the Derrypatrick herd; returning to college; weaning and slaughtering cattle - see more from Michael; Jamie and Aaron.
Slaughtering cattle; 'the ploughing'; tagging calves; calving cows and waiting for the golden opportunity to obtain the second cut of silage.
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Calving and preparing the sheds for winter dominated Michael’s agenda; Jamie weaned calves and Aaron weighed lambs and selected cattle for slaughter.
Aaron visited numerous farms with rare cattle and sheep breeds in England, while calving and the breeding season continued on Michael's farm.
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.
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.
This week, Jamie obtained 32 second-cut bales from 10-acres and earmarked cows for culling, following disappointing scanning results.
Michael took a second-cut of silage; Jamie’s farming plans were altered due to a broken hand and Libby mulched rushes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.