Beef Update: Making silage and spreading slurry

“If the weather picks up, we will be cutting the hay as soon as possible.”

Beef Update: Factory prices increase

Purchasing a new weighing scales, calving comes to a close, preparing for first-cut silage and more!

Beef Update: ‘We are at the mercy of the factories’

Failing to get cattle killed, re-housing suckler pairings, collecting breeding heifers, spreading fertiliser, building a new shed and more.

Beef Update: Turning cattle out, bloat and vaccinating stock

Breeding females showing signs of heat, purchasing, tagging and registering calves, dosing bullocks, spreading fertiliser, rolling land and more.

Beef Update: Turning cattle out to grass and purchasing pedigree heifers

Improved ground and weather conditions, spreading urea, calving, AI’ing heifers, dismantling old fences, sourcing hay and more.

Beef Update: Re-housing stock, tail painting and purchasing replacements

Castrating bulls, calving, repairing machinery, purchasing stock, poor ground and weathers conditions and more!

Beef Update: Re-housing stock and a new pre-calving feeding strategy

Earmarking replacement heifers, the arrival of snow, finishing heifers, calving, collecting hay bales, purchasing calves and building a new shed – see more here.

Beef Update: A visit from a chiropractor, rolling ground and spreading slurry

Signing-up for the BEEP scheme, purchasing a new weighing scales, turning cows out to pasture, plans to build a new shed and more!

Beef Update: Signing-up for the BEEP scheme, a C-Section and new sheds

Calving, winning Wicklow Calf Company’s milk replacer competition, turning out store heifers, selling stock at the mart and more!

Beef Update: A new stock bull, calving and preparing for a herd test

Letting cows in with calves for two-hours in the morning and evening, fattening 24-month-old heifers, replacing old water troughs, dosing stock and ordering fertiliser.

“Only for the contracting business, we simply wouldn’t be suckler farming”

We sent a total of 22 bullocks to the factory this week and had to take a base price of €3.75/kg in comparison to a base price of €4.15 in 2017, writes Jamie Hayes.

Beef Update: Factories booked out and surprise twin calves

Slaughtering cull cows and heifers due to a lack of shed space, preparing for calving, clipping and treating lice, cleaning sheds and out-wintering stock.

Beef Update: Anger over beef price cuts and joining Beef Plan Group

The countdown to Christmas begins; housing stock; finishing diets; selling bullocks and store heifers; recording data using Herdwatch and weighing cattle.

Beef Update: Getting locked up with TB, housing cattle & hoof care

An update from the Biological Farming Conference in Tullamore; purchasing woodchip to save straw and preparing cattle for housing.

Beef Update: Creep-feeding; winter feeding period begins & grass growth slows down

Grazing animals outdoors; calving; analysing kill-out results; spreading lime; TB testing; reviewing animal health plans & more.

Beef Update: Potato harvesting, slaughtering cattle and calving

Spreading dung; purchasing weanlings; the birth of an Irish Moiled calf and dung sampling - see more here.

Beef Update: Poor factory prices, farm walks and silage

A trip to Ardlea Limousins and the Derrypatrick herd; returning to college; weaning and slaughtering cattle - see more from Michael; Jamie and Aaron.

Beef Update: Selling at the mart, a virus outbreak & selecting cattle for slaughter

Calving and preparing the sheds for winter dominated Michael’s agenda; Jamie weaned calves and Aaron weighed lambs and selected cattle for slaughter.

Beef Update: Silage, calving, a C-section and power-washing

Jamie took a second cut of silage and spread fertiliser, while on Michael’s farm, heifers were AI’d and the bull was removed from the spring-calving suckler herd and Libby collected semen from her UK-bred bull.