Name: Jamie Hayes
Enterprise: suckler cows and finishing all progeny
- Cows: 38;
- Calves: 17;
- In-calve heifers: 9;
- Yearlings: 58;
- Stock bulls: 3.
It’s been another busy week on the farm, with calving continuing; we have had no problems with calves to date, so, hopefully, this will continue. Calves are thriving well and the oldest are being supplemented with a coarse calf starter.
On Tuesday night, we attended a meeting which provided us with information about the new BEEP scheme; we have signed-up as would find it beneficial and also there is a €40 payment per cow and calf weighed.
We have also decided to add onto our slatted tank for cows and calves along with a machinery shed; we have applied for planning permission and now all we can do is wait.
Within the next week, we will be transporting hay from the out-farm to the home farm. We hope to collect our new Charolais bull that was purchased last week; he is sired by Fiston and is eligible for the BDGP as has a five-star rating. There is also a field to be soil sampled as we plan to plant beet.
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.
We have had three calves this week – 2 heifers and 1 bull; the bull calf is sired by a Hereford bull and out of a first-calving Aberdeen-Angus.
When she started calving, we handled her and seen that there was no way the calf could be jacked because she was too narrow. We contacted the vet and he performed a caesarean section; we purchased another calf – a Hereford heifer – which will be reared on her because she has surplus milk. We will keep her over the summer and not put her back in-calf; the plan is to kill her off grass when calves are weaned.
We sold seven in-calve cows on Monday and are selling five more today (Friday); they are all in-calve to Hereford and Angus sires.
We are getting out of all other breeds expect Charolais; the cows being sold are being replacement with cows with Charolais calves at foot from the West of Ireland.
A Limousin heifer – which was AI’d in the autumn - was handled by the vet and isn't in-calve; she is around 480kg and will be sold at the mart today.
We purchased some calves and they will be coming at the weekend to use €1,000 of milk replacer that I won as part of Wicklow Calf Company’s competition.
We have our fertiliser ready for spreading for whenever conditions allow; we turned a group of store heifers out to grass and these are now grazing with the out-wintered heifers.
We are going to dose a batch of Friesian and Hereford bulls at the weekend and get the vet to castrate them; we will let them off to grass and continue to feed them meal.