Farm Programmes
Newford Farm: 10 week breeding season draws to a close
Darren Carty
From the 82 cows put forward for breeding 61 cows were inseminated once, 19 cows received one repeat insemination and three cows were inseminated on three occasions.
12 June 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm update: calves gaining over 1.4kg/day since birth
Bull calves are weighing 196kg at an average age of 3.5 months, while heifer calves are 5kg lighter at an average liveweight of 191kg.
22 May 2022 Breeding & health
Newford update: 93% of cows submitted for AI
The herd has repeated the high submission rates of recent years, with 80 of the 83 cows inseminated.
Newford Farm update: TB remains a niggling issue
There were two homebred heifers identified as TB reactors in the latest test carried out a fortnight ago.
1 May 2022 Newford Farm
Newford update: sires selected for 2022 breeding season
There are two new additions with a Charolais and Limousin sire replacing two bulls of the same breed, with the remaining bulls for use in 2022 also used in recent years.
13 April 2022 Beef breeding
Newford Farm update: sires selected for 2022 breeding season
There are two new additions, with Charolais and Limousin sires replacing two bulls of the same breeds, while the two Belgian Blue sires have been dropped for the 2022 breeding season.
10 April 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm update: attention turning to breeding with 99% of cows calved
The breeding season will start on 18 April and preparations have started, including recording heats, administering vaccines and selecting sires for use in 2022.
3 April 2022 Newford Farm
Newford update: 90% of cows calved in six weeks
A batch of 36 cows and calves were turned out to grass on 28 February and in recent days are out by day and in by night due to a deterioration in ground conditions.
13 March 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Herd update: calving well under way with 50% calved
Calving started on 27 January and is progressing swiftly, with 46 of the 93 cows calved down in the first two weeks of the calving season.
13 February 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm update: yearling heifers turned out to grass
The 40 heifers turned outdoors on Thursday 20 January weighed 411kg, having achieved an average daily gain of 0.72kg over the shorter winter housing period.
23 January 2022 Management
Newford update: 2021 bullock sales up €222/hd, heifers up €208/hd
The final 22 bullocks and three heifers from the 2020-born progeny were drafted on 17 December, with heifers achieving the highest average carcase weight since the project began.
9 January 2022 Newford Farm