Name: Jamie Hayes
Enterprise: Suckler cows and finishing all progeny
- Cows: 38;
- Calves: 49;
- In-calf heifers: 9;
- Yearlings: 58;
- Stock bulls: 3.
All the sheds are empty and calving is done and dusted for 2019 with only one casualty along the way; we are very happy with how the calves are getting on outdoors.
Both bulls have been turned out to pastures and cows are displaying signs of heat. We have earmarked a group of cows that will be AI’d – one of which is my Wagyu which had a heifer calf last week.
The silage ground is coming along nicely and it won’t be long until we will have our first cut. We have already cut a heavy paddock on the fattening unit and regrowth is excellent.
The first cut silage ground was very dirty with docks, buttercups and chickweed so I decided to spray this. So far, it has worked very well and we are happy with the results.
There are twenty cattle ready to go to the factory; prices rose this week but there is hope that they will rise again next week so we will wait until then.
Grazing ground will be getting either slurry at a rate of 2,500 gallons per acre or Sweet Grass fertiliser.
We purchased a weighing scales from O’ Donovan Engineering with a grant. We will be weighing all the calves when they come in for dosing; this will allow us to monitor daily growth rates and feed accordingly at weaning stage.