articles about suckler-farming
Calving, winning Wicklow Calf Company’s milk replacer competition, turning out store heifers, selling stock at the mart and more!
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.
ICSA is proposing a payment of €80/calved suckler herd provided that they calve before 30-months. “It reduces the amount of dry heifers walking around a farm that are unproductive"
We weaned the last of the calves we bought in; they are the last calves we will ever rear on the farm due to the high cost involved with buying and rearing them, writes Michael Danagher.
Padraig Moran runs a 70-cow suckler herd and sheep enterprise in Co. Tipperary. He has also opened his farm to second and third-level Agricultural Science students.
Suckler cow numbers are declining rapidly and unless the sector is protected, Ireland will have no quality beef left in the country, writes Michael Danagher.
Beef Plan Group has announced its intentions to establish its own co-operatives to slaughter and market its own beef.
"A lot of the vested interests have been throwing the kitchen sink at us to try and stop us, but we beef farmers have the bit between our teeth now and will not be stopped"
Dosing, introducing concentrates to the diet, exercising cows prior to calving, getting ready to spread dung and woodchip as a bedding material - check out Michael Danagher's update!
Aaron purchased 130 straw bales for €3,250 meaning that his bill has doubled in two years. Michael purchased heifers and bulls ranging from 200-250kgs.
"The amount of illegal trimming is an open-ended question; the loss could easily be any figure from €1-€300" - Beef Plan Group (2018-2025).
The countdown to Christmas begins; housing stock; finishing diets; selling bullocks and store heifers; recording data using Herdwatch and weighing cattle.
Coolcran Simmentals - owned by the McDonald family in Tempo, Co. Fermanagh - comprises of 15 breeding females. They are making waves in the sales ring and on the show circuit.
Every Breath gears up to return to the track; selling heifers; moving cattle indoors and a new head gate and floodlights - read more here.
A winning racehorse; sourcing woodchip for bedding; calving; feeding haylage; weaning and the mating season gets underway for the Delaney's flock.