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 started feeding hay outdoors to weanling heifers; they are being fed with two ring feeders.
Our heavy Friesan bullocks are being fed silage outdoors with round feeders also; they are getting nuts and will be sold in December.
We purchased a bunch of Friesan and Hereford calves, all on once-a-day milk. We dehorned them and will ease them off milk in the coming days.
All of our dry cows will be housed this week and fed haylage; we will leave our early autumn-calved cows outdoors for another few weeks.
Three of our cows calved this week - two Charolais bulls and one Charolais heifer; they calved indoors without any assistance.
Our weanling bulls will be brought home and housed at the weekend and once indoors, they will be fed a mix of silage and ration. We power-washed our bull shed and set it up on Thursday.
Name: Aaron and Lorraine Delaney - Ballynevin Organic Farm
Location: Co. Laois
We began grazing our rape crop on November 2nd; we are strip-grazing this, moving the fence twice daily, up to the face of the crop.
There are currently forty-two cattle grazing the rape and they also get silage; minerals and have a grass lie-back.
Our sucklers are still out grazing grass and as of yet, we have no cattle housed and as it stands, it will be December 1st, before anything is housed.
The sheep are grazing out paddocks after the cattle and we have built up a few fields of grass for them for grazing; the plan is to introduce rams on November 25th.
We had another report back from a happy customer who purchased some lamb and beef and we are delighted to hear this, as it shows us we are on the right track and it hearted us to continue our projects on the farm.
We always value customers feedback on Ballynevin Organic Farm as our customers are the cornerstone of our business.
Next week, we are attending the Biological Farming Conference in Tullamore and we look forward to learning more about this very interesting subject. The soil is the life of all farming practice and for future generations to farm, we need to look after our soil.
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