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Dairy Update: Calving, AI and switching to baled silage

Calving is winding down on Christy's farm, with five calves born this week - one Holstein bull and four sired by beef bulls. The breeding season is going well, with heifers being Ai'd to KYA this week - see more here.

Student Focus: Margaret Farrell

Margaret Farrell (21) – a final-year Animal Science student at UCD – once considered becoming a vet. The fifth-generation suckler and sheep farmer completed placement in Denmark and France.

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Good demand for store bullocks at Tuam

There was a steady trade for all types at Monday’s cattle sale; cull cows met a fine trade, with up to €2.84/kg recorded for weanlings.

Sheep easier by €4-€7/head at Kilkenny

Butcher lambs hit €126, factory lambs sold to €113, store lambs realised €99 and cast ewes fetched up to €110. Freshly-calved dairy entries made up to €1,980.