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 agitated a number of slurry tanks this week, with a view to spreading this at the weekend, if weather and ground conditions allow.
We moved young bullocks – approximately 350-370kgs - out to grass and have introduced a strip grazing system; they will be sold at the mart in August.
We are collecting hay that we purchased two weeks ago; we can transport two bales using our own trailer.
The milk replacer that I won as part of Wicklow Calf Company’s competition was delivered on Monday. I'm delighted producer as there seems to be a lot more powder in the bags than the other brands we used previously and it appears to be of better quality.
We bought 20 Hereford bull calves – aged between 14-20-days-old - direct from a dairy farm; we collected them yesterday (Thursday).
Three calves were born on the farm this week – a Charolais heifer, a Charolais bull and a Hereford bull.Tagging our newborn calves is on the cards today (Friday); we will then bring the suckler pairings to the outfarm.
We are running low on silage so we are letting as many animals as possible out to grass; we have lots of grass so are lucky to be able to offload stock early.