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The latest news and features from the Irish Farmers Journal farm programmes and demonstration farms.

Beef
Thrive weekly roundup: final grazing rotation and slaughter heifer performance
Declan Marren
The dairy calf-to-beef programme roundup outlines how to keep calves performing over the coming weeks as the final grazing rotation begins, as well as detailed performance on slaughtered heifers.
 
 
Footprint Farmers: Wagyu beef in Ballycrenode
Tipperary farmer Barry Powell discusses how he has introduced Wagyu beef into his farm to increase the sustainability of his dairy herd. Ellen Durkin reports.
Coppicing upside-down toilet brush hedges
Coppicing hedgerows can help to rejuvenate the plants and create hedgerows good for stockproofing, carbon storage and biodiversity.
Planting cereals and harvesting maize and beet
It's all happening on the Tramlines farms this week, from planting winter cereals to harvesting maize and beet.
Preparations underway for the 2023 season
The Tramlines farmers are preparing for the new season and making decisions on varieties and planting.
Newford update: weaning complete and all weanlings weighed
Bull weanlings achieved an average daily gain (ADG) from birth to weaning of 1.37kg, while heifers recorded an ADG of 1.32kg.
Newford update: Scanning reveals 9% empty rate in cows
Next year’s calving season looks set to be condensed into a six or seven week period with 75% of cows and in-calf heifers holding to first service and 23% to second service.
NI Sheep Programme: Top tips for the breeding season
On sheep farms operating March lambing flocks, outlined are some tips to manage animals through the upcoming breeding season.
Reseeding grazing swards in Co Derry
Clement Lynch has just finished reseeding part of the grazing block on his Co Derry sheep plan.
Thrive weekly roundup: final grazing rotation and slaughter heifer performance
The dairy calf-to-beef programme roundup outlines how to keep calves performing over the coming weeks as the final grazing rotation begins, as well as detailed performance on slaughtered heifers.
Lamb slaughter performance recovers on Tullamore Farm
The average kill-out of 30 lambs drafted on Thursday 22 September was 44.8% compared with just 42.2% for the last batch slaughtered on 1 September 2022.
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Lamb slaughter performance recovers on Tullamore Farm
The average kill-out of 30 lambs drafted on Thursday 22 September was 44.8% compared with just 42.2% for the last batch slaughtered on 1 September 2022.
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Tullamore Farm: lambs kill out at 42% as poor growth rates linger
Martin Merrick chats to Tullamore Farm manager Shaun Diver about what's been happening on the farm this week.
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Lamb drafting challenges laid bare in Tullamore Farm
The average killout of 82 lambs recently slaughtered was recorded at 42.2% but this ranged from as low as 38.5% killout to a top of 48.4%.
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Using data recording to reduce labour throughout the year on Tullamore Farm
Consistent collection and recording of data on Tullamore Farm is helping to improve flock performance, as well as making management easier.
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