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 sorted out our bull weanlings, by putting the bulls that we will be selling in the spring together. The other bulls that will be kept were castrated and left outdoors for a few days, while the rest of our younger bulls will be housed at the weekend.
Two of our cows and one heifer calved down - The two cows had Charolais bull calves and the first-calver had a Hereford heifer; they all calved unaided.
We started feeding haylage to our heifers outdoors, with a view to housing this early next week.
We are getting on great with the woodchip bedding and will be getting more at the end of the week to store for bedding during the winter.
All cows will be going indoors this week; we will be sorting them at the weekend and dehorning the calves that are fit. We have a few late calving cows that need to be weaned. The last of our bought-in suck calves were weaned and were put onto a woodchip bed for winter.
Name: Aaron and Lorraine Delaney - Ballynevin Organic Farm
Location: Co. Laois
This week, the November rain arrived with a bang on Ballynevin Organic Farm and our drains in the moorland went from empty to full in a short space of time.
We now have half the cattle housed and the group of cattle further away from finishing are continuing to graze the forage rape. Our sucklers are still out on grass but I think they will also be going in early next week.
The Easycare rams joined the ewes this week and they will be rotating around the drier paddocks every three weeks. There is a nice covering of grass for them and they will also have minerals and haylage if required.
Beef Plan Group & Horse Racing
This week, we joined the Beef Plan WhatsApp group and we are joining the plan in Laois; we have an application form ready to be sent in.
I think it’s important to support the group as their core objectives have never been tried before on such a scale in Ireland. It is important that we don’t divide ourselves anyone who joins the plan is important to the plan whether they have two Suckler cows or two-hundred dairy cows.
Last Friday, we attended the horse racing in Dundalk and we are delighted to report that our horse - Every Breath - had a great win for us and I’d like to thank our trainer, Pat Murphy and his team for their continued support and professionalism.
We are part of the wise pursuit syndicate of five and it was great to see the green and red colours crossing the line first.
[Image source: Aaron Delaney]
Name: Jamie Hayes
Enterprise: Suckler cows and finishing all progeny
- Suckler cows: 41;
- Cull cows: 10;
- Calves: 51;
- Maiden heifers: 9;
- Yearlings: 41;
- 24 months: 32;
- Stock bulls: 2.
This week was a very quiet week as the year is winding down. The beet harvesting is starting to take off and the potato harvesting was just finished on Wednesday. All the cows and their calves are still inside and they will be staying inside as heavy rain fell this week and land is starting to poach.
The 2 stock bulls and heifers are still outside but will be housed in the next week or 2. The calves that are weaned are on 1kg of 18% protein nut and have ad-lib silage. The cull cows are on a fattening nut and are also receiving maize meal with the nuts, while the sucklers are still on hay to dry off
Any thin cows will be divided and switched to silage to build body condition for calving. Also, the 8 animals that were diagnosed with TB will be sent to the factory today (Friday, November 23rd).
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