Name: Jamie Hayes
Enterprise: Suckler cow-herd and finishing all progeny
- Cows: 49
- Calves: 59;
- In-calf heifers: 11;
- Yearlings: 58;
- Stock bulls: 2.
The last few weeks have been quiet with the good weather up until now.
With high precipitation levels over the last 2 weeks, we housed the main group of cows and calves on Wednesday.
We also had a herd test on Monday and that was read on Thursday with a clear result.
One of the Hereford-cross calves that we bought earlier in the year was brought in a week ago with suspected pneumonia, but it turned out that he had ingested a piece of wire.
A magnet was given to the animal and he is beginning to get better. We had a Simmental-cross that had a case of mastitis and she is okay now, following treatment.
Since the protests have been stood down at factories, we will be starting to bring in some of the cattle for fattening – we are hoping that approximately 30 of these will be gone before Christmas.
It is disappointing that the base price is still very poor but hopefully it will rise, although this is very unlikely at the moment.
If the weather continues to be bad, we will wean the calves and house them for a period while supplementing with nuts and silage
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.
This week we culled four empty cows aged between 6 and 8-years – 2 Angus, a Charolais and a Limousin. Their calves – all Charolais bulls – were weaned and will join the rest of our weanlings in the coming days.
Two cows calved this week – one had a Charolais bull calf, while the other had a Herford heifer.
We got all our hedges cut along the fields and repaired broken stakes and wire. We emptied out the last tank before the winter to have the shed ready for cattle. We also fixed up the lights in all the sheds and replaced bulbs and lenses.
We sorted out heifers separating some Hereford heifers to be AI next spring; the rest of the heifers will be sold as stores.
We moved the bullocks to new grass, and they are currently being fed concentrates.
We brought home another four loads of straw this week - it was all left in the shed as we are using a couple of bales a week now with the calving shed being cleaned and bedded regularly.
We divided up another field into permanent paddocks for grazing next spring. We used creosote stakes and two strands of electrical wire; new water troughs were installed also.
Factory prices and last week's beef kill figures can be found here.