Beef Update: Silage 2019 and slaughtering cattle


Factory prices - €4.00/kg for heifers and €3.95/kg for steers

Beef Update: Silage 2019 and slaughtering cattle

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  • 6 mths ago

Factory prices - €4.00/kg for heifers and €3.95/kg for steers

Name: Jamie Hayes

Age: 23-years-old

Enterprise: Suckler cows and finishing all progeny

Details:

  • Cows: 38;
  • Calves: 49;
  • In-calve heifers: 9;
  • Yearlings: 58;
  • Stock bulls: 2.

The last of the fattening cattle were sold to the factory last week. We waited for prices to rise and ended up getting €4.00/kg for heifers and €3.95/kg for bullocks; we slaughtered our stock bull from last year as he’s back was still twisted.

We purchased 10 6-month-old Hereford-cross-British-Friesian weanlings from a farmer in Bandon; they will be arriving on our farm at the end of June and will be slaughtered at 24-months.

Silage 2019 is well underway; we took half of the first cut and hope to cut the second half next week.

The crop was a bit light but the quality was good. The ground is receiving 2,500 gallons of slurry per acre and we will be going with straight nitrogen for a second cut.

Our Teagasc advisor tested the slurry yesterday obtained the following results; 7% dry matter, 10units N, 6 units P and 33 units K per 1,000 gallons.

Last Saturday morning, we dosed our calves using a product which treats and controls both internal and external parasites. It is a long-acting injection so they will not have to be dosed again until September; the calves also received their second blackleg vaccination.

On another note, our agricultural contracting business is starting to get busy with silage taking off.

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.

I wasn’t in a position to do much work this week due to torn ligaments in my knee but managed to complete some jobs around the farm.

We weaned a further twenty Friesian and Hereford bull calves this week and sold a group of surplus heifers off grass; they averaged over €2/kg.

Fertiliser was spread on grazed ground and purchased new lick buckets for all stock.

We hope to cut some silage early next week; we will mow and bale it ourselves. We have also purchased a new turner for making all haylage.

We rolled all reseeded ground and added three bags of fertiliser to the acre.

We started digging out a new tank for cattle; we hope to get it finished within the next few weeks.

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