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 are finished on-farm.
We spread slurry on land that will be grazed in a few weeks.
All cattle were vaccinated against IBR; we do this every year as we are purchasing young calves from various herds.All calves receive a product to prevent Coccidiosis and they are vaccinated against IBR on the day of their arrival.
We moved the cows and introduced new lick buckets to their herds. Their calves are all thriving great and showing great shape and length.
We started creep-feeding the suckler-bred calves; they will remain on-farm until they are 24-months-old.They are too good to be selling at a young age and by retaining these, we will reduce the number of stock that we will need to purchase.
Re-fencing and reseeding
We are going to re-fence some silage ground that will be used for after grazing later in the year. It hasn’t been grazed for over four years so needs all new stakes and wire.
We are spraying ground for re-seeding. Once it's sprayed, we will spread dung on it also. We hope to just use these fields for silage this year and graze light weanlings later on.
We bought thirty more Hereford-cross bull calves; they are weaned off milk and out on grass.
Our plan for the weekend is to dehorn and tag calves.