Dairy calf to beef targets: Given the tight margins in beef farming at the moment it is never more important to make sure all animals on the farm are putting on weight. Feeding animals during the winter on silage and meal is expensive so you need to make sure they are performing.

There have been some new ventures down the dairy-beef route and these weanlings need minding over the next few months to make sure they hit target weights. Keeping these animals for long store periods will increase costs and reduce your margin. Dairy beef weanling bulls should be at about 250kg at this stage, with heifers at about 225kg. Aiming for a 100-day winter and a target weight gain of 0.7kg/day over this period, animals should be turning back out at 300-320kg next spring.