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."
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+
For more information, contact Kiernan Milling.
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