Name: Jamie Hayes
Enterprise: suckler cows and finishing all progeny
- Cows: 38;
- Calves: 36;
- In-calve heifers: 9;
- Yearlings: 58;
- Stock bulls: 3.
This week, we tail painted the seven heifers that we picked out for breeding. We will keep an eye on these and try and pick them out and record them as they are coming into heat.
The idea behind this is so that we will know they are cycling and we will have a better chance of catching them the next time for AI.
We purchased three Simmental-cross heifers from a local farmer; these will be coming to the farm within the next two weeks.
All stock are still inside as the weather is still broken here. We hope that it will dry up soon and we will get some young stock out and the cows out by day.
For the week ahead, we hope to some urea out on grazing ground and slurry needs to be spread too.
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.
Four cows calved outdoors unassisted this week – four Charolais bulls, so we couldn’t complain!
We are going to view two pedigree Charolais maiden heifers and hope to add them to the herd; they have great bloodlines and come from a great line of show winners.
We put a number of heifers indoors due to the weather; they are getting hay, a mix of barley and nuts. They will remain indoors until October/November when they will be sold at local livestock marts.
We are cleaning up the silage yard and have extended the fences around the yard as we plan to store a lot more bales there in the summer; we are also repairing our machinery.
The strongest calves that were purchased were moved to the shed near the cattle pen and are let out during the day when the weather allows; they are on once-a-day milk replacer.
We castrated the last bunch of bulls on the farm; they are a mix of Friesian and Herefords; they will be kept for fattening next winter.