Beef Update: Spraying, breeding, cutting silage and purchasing straw

Our new contributor Michael scanned cows; Joe cut silage and got 35% less bales and Jamie began preparing the beef finishing shed ahead of next winter.

Beef Update: Tackling reoccurring ragwort infestations

Galway-based Wagyu farmer Joe Desmond discusses NUIG’s €1.4m sustainable pesticide research programme and a problem with ragwort forced him to conduct his own research.

Beef Update: Crying for rain and preparing for winter

Jamie collected his F1 Wagyu heifer this week and spread Richland, while Joe’s has now turned his attention to reducing the farm’s stocking rate.

Beef Update: Slurry, Pit Silage, Haymaking and Calving

Libby judged the Beef Shorthorn classes at Royal Highland Show, Rian slaughtered young Stabiliser bulls, Jamie spread fertiliser and the breeding season continued on Joe’s farm.

Beef Update: Slurry, Fertiliser, Haymaking & Field Safety

This week, slurry and fertiliser spreading dominated Jamie’s agenda, while Joe was faced with an incident that could have been very dangerous for a neighbour’s livestock.

Beef Update: Semen sales, silage & scooping silverware

Libby claimed a prestigious title with her Beef Shorthorn heifer; Joe failed to spread FYM and spray land due to a rain alert & Jamie baled up the first paddock of the season.

Beef Update: Silage, Culling cows & Finishing Wagyus

This week, Jamie earmarked 3 cows for culling due to constant lameness, while Joe let stock outdoors, but continues to battle slowed grass growth.

Beef Update: Calving & Re-housing Stock

Jamie has rehoused all the stock once again; Joe took time to focus on mental health & Libby is counting the days until Balmoral Show.

Beef Update: Weather improves & calving continues

This week - Libby Clarke purchased a pedigree SH heifer online; Jamie Hayes fenced land & spread fertiliser, while Joe Desmond focuses on finishing Wagyu.

**NEW** Beef Update: Battling the Elements & Getting Stock Outdoors

This week, Jamie Hayes spread urea & slurry, while a low fodder supply resulted in Joe Desmond’s attempt to empty the shed, but adverse weather sparked alternative plans.

Farmer Focus: Reaping the rewards of breeding Wagyu cattle

Catherina speaks to Joe Desmond, a Wagyu cattle breeder in Co. Galway.