WATCH: Padraig Brady - Beef Trial


Pádraig and Francis Brady, Co. Longford purchase bulls from 350kgs upwards - some are turned out to grass for a period of time. The animals are housed when they reach or exceed 500kgs and are fed over a 90-100-day finishing period.

David Magee M.Agri.Sc - Ruminant Nutritionist at Kiernan Milling has been working with the Brady family for over two years.

Pot ale syrup - a by-product - was incorporated into the bull's diet as a cost-effective high-protein option.

Outlining details about the bull's diet, David Magee M.Agri.Sc said: "It's 13.5% of a high-cereal low-protein mix from Kiernan Milling; along with 3kgs of Pot Ale Syrup and 1.45kg of 3/4cm of straw."

Trial

The ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) carried out an independent trial on the Brady's farm; the group consisted of thirty-two bulls which included eight Friesians and twenty-four continentals.

Pádraig Brady said: "The cattle are gaining well; there are no issues with lameness or acidosis; cattle are very content. I'm very impressed with some Friesians - One Friesian achieved 2.11kg."

Data (* 8 Friesians were on trial)

  • Slaughter date: September 12th 2018;
  • Average Daily Gain: 1.82kg (90 days);
  • Dead Weight: 406.76kg;
  • Kill Out: 56%;
  • Fat Cover: 2+ ;
  • Grade: R+

More information

For more information, contact Kiernan Milling.

Video: Produced and edited by TF Media

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