WATCH: Achieving 2.59kg over 110 days using potatoes & a High-Maize Mix


Dermot O'Connor finishes bulls all-year-round on his farm based in Co. Laois.

He purchased a balanced ration for the very first time this year and did so by forging a connection with Edward Cassidy - a member of Kiernan Milling’s technical sales team covering Meath; Westmeath; Laois and Offaly.

Dermot enlisted the help of David Magee M.Agri.Sc - Ruminant Nutritionist who visited the Laois-based holding to review its feeding programme.

With a bountiful supply of potatoes available at a low cost in his area, Dermot went in search of a product that was suitable to feed with this food crop.

The Ruminant Nutritionist suggested combining potatoes with Kiernan Milling's High-Maize Mix; the overall starch content amounted to 47% ( this figure includes sugars).

"I had the bulls up to about 5kgs of grass and they hit the ground running. Starting up on the meal, they got 1kg every four-five days." Dermot O' Connor explained in this video.

"I introduced 2kgs of potatoes straight away when they came in as well. As the potatoes went up a kg, the meal went up a kg."

"The bulls were out on grass earlier on and they got that six-weeks of grass; it really put a frame to them." Dermot as he also highlighted the inclusion of potatoes in the bull's diet." Dermot added.

Trial Results:

  • Slaughtered on August, 17th 2018
  • Average Daily Gain: 2.59kg (110 days)
  • Dead Weight: 474.43kg
  • Kill-Out: 58%
  • Fat Cover: 3=
  • Grade: U=

More information

To find out more information about this trial, contact Kiernan Milling or any of its technical sales team.

Video: produced and edited by TF Media.

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