Name: Jamie Hayes
Enterprise: Suckler cows and finishing all progeny
Suckler cows: 41;
Cull cows: 10;
Maiden heifers: 9;
24 months: 32;
Stock bulls: 2.
As the year winds down and the countdown to Christmas begins, there are still many jobs to be done around the farm. On the beef unit, all animals are now housed with the 24-month-olds housed last week due to the rain. These are being fed adlib silage before the heifers will go for fattening sometime in January.
The 30-month-olds that are being fattened at the moment are receiving 6kgs of a 14% finishing nut and are also on silage adlib.
At home, the heifers are still out grazing as we don’t have any shed space for them; so far they are causing no damage and will be staying out as long as possible.
The weanlings (this year’s calves) are on 1kg of an 18% nut and are also on 0.2kg of soya bean meal at the moment; this will be increased to 0.5 kg within a week. The weanlings were also dosed for worms and lice with an Animec injection.
The cows are receiving hay adlib and the cull cows are on a 14% finishing nut with extra maize for finishing. Hopefully, these will be gone before Christmas depending on the price. Our Charolais bull has been brought in for fattening ahead of slaughter as he injured his back during the year.
With the price of beef at the moment and the factories not looking to rise anytime soon, there will be no more animals put on a finishing diet as it would be a total loss.
The factories have us caught at the moment and their needs to be a change made - that is why we have joined the Beef Plan (2018-2025) and are backing it as their plan seems good and if they can push on and enforce it, it will certainly restore a bit of confidence in the beef industry in Ireland.
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 finished on-farm.
This week we sold off the heaviest of our bullocks - a mix of British Friesian and Hereford - they averaged 600kg and were sold direct out of the yard.
We separated our bulls putting the Friesan bulls together and grouping the Hereford and Charolais bulls; we started them on a mix of maize meal; beef; nuts; barley; and silage and will be fed until April.
We weaned off six weanlings - two heifers and four bulls - from cows and put the cows into the shed. The weanlings were left on their own for a few days and are being fed meal. They will be put with the other weanlings at the weekend.
We have 3 cows due to calve in the coming few days - all to Charolais bull; they are currently in the calving shed.
We are getting store heifers - Hereford; Angus and Limousin-types - ready for the mart at the end of the week. They were earmarked as replacements but did not hold from the A.I; They are between 480kg to 550kg.
We have a new bunch of Hereford bull calves that were bought off a winter-milking dairy farm. They are on milk twice-a-day and are between 4 to 6-weeks-oldName: Aaron and Lorraine Delaney - Ballynevin Organic Farm, Co. Laois.
Last Friday, we attended the racing in Dundalk and we were delighted that Every Breath came second to a really good horse of Joseph OBrien’s Storm Seven. Every Breath was the match of her all around the course and there was only a neck to separate them. On the line, we were very happy with her performance.
On Saturday, Lorraine had her exams in Gurteen for the Green Cert and she was happy enough coming out of them; she has only one more day in college before Christmas so we will get a lot of family time over the coming weeks.
After dinner on Saturday, we collected eight heifers which we purchased off John McHugh - Portlaoise; they are settled in nicely now.
On Wednesday, we decided to weigh the group of cattle nearest to slaughter and we were very happy with their weights - all of which were recorded on the Herdwatch app. We find this a great help in keeping paperwork to a minimum.