David Clarke Livestock — which is based in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – travelled to Austria earlier this week to source in-calve Fleckvieh heifers for an indoor robotic system in the UK.
The firm selected animals from herds producing between 9,000-11,500-litres with a minimum of 650 kgs of milk solids.
“The average milk production for both grazing and intensive indoor systems is 8000-litres at 4.15% fat and 3.45% protein.” David Clarke Livestock explained in a post on social media.
“Fertility is also very good with a 380-day interval between calvings on average for the breed.”
Up to €5.50/kg
Most of the heifers they inspected will calve between 23-25 months of age. “Bulls go for beef at 16-months-old where a carcass weight of 400 kgs is easy to achieve.”
“Some bull calves are sold in the local cattle market at an average weight of 100kgs and are making from €4.10 to €5.50/kg live weight - depending on quality; they go for further feeding to beef farms.”