Watch: grazing gets more difficult on Thrive demo farm
Declan Marren
Declan Marren was on the Thrive demo farm this week, where grazing conditions have become a lot trickier since the wet weather returned last weekend.
Calf rearing series: hitting target weights at every stage
15 March 2023 Grass & feeding
Calf rearing series: hitting target weights at every stage
In the final part of the calf rearing series, Declan Marren looks at the importance of hitting growth targets at every stage throughout the system.
Thrive: feeding calves during a colder weather
4 March 2023 Grass & feeding
Thrive: feeding calves during a colder weather
Declan Marren looks at some simple tips to minimise the impact cold weather on calf performance in the rearing shed.
Thrive: 72 heifers at grass on demo farm
With excellent ground conditions and a good supply of grass, the yearling heifers were turned out this week on the Thrive demonstration farm in Cashel, Co Tipperary.
25 February 2023 Grass & feeding
Watch: weighing yearlings on the Thrive demo farm
With ground conditions improving and grass beginning to grow, the yearling cattle on the Thrive demo farm were weighed to assess their winter performance ahead of turnout.
18 February 2023 Grass & feeding
Calf rearing series week one: putting a plan and budget in place
With the main calf trading season upon us, over the coming weeks Declan Marren will take a look at the main considerations for rearing farms prior to purchasing dairy beef calves.
15 February 2023 Management
Thrive weekly roundup: getting stock back on target and calf-rearing costs
This week's diary-beef programme roundup has tips for getting stock back on target if there has been a disappointing weight result mid-winter.
28 January 2023 Breeding & health
46% rise in calf-rearing costs since 2021
Calf rearing was once seen as a low-cost system to establish on farm but with rising input costs farmers need to carefully plan purchases this spring.
25 January 2023 Breeding & health
What to do with dairy-beef stock that have fallen behind target weight
Coming up with a plan as soon as possible once a period of underperformance has been detected is key to minimising the disruption to your production system.
25 January 2023 Grass & feeding
Thrive weekly roundup: stock target weights and milk replacer costs
What should the 2022-born stock weigh this week and how important is a mid-winter weight check. All this, plus details from the 15-page calf focus in this week's paper.
21 January 2023 Management
Thrive: what weight should dairy beef yearlings be today?
A midwinter weighing is really important to ensure dairy beef animals remain on target during the period when most stock fall behind.
18 January 2023 Grass & feeding
Making the most of your ICBF dairy beef weight report
Dairy beef farmers should use the report to identify calves from herds that are performing well and those to avoid ahead of this year’s calf buying season.
14 January 2023 Breeding & health