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Thrive weekly roundup: picture report of finished cattle and Friesian bull query
Declan Marren
The dairy-beef programme roundup this week includes an in-picture slaughter report from the demo farm and deals with a common query on the lack of Friesian bulls in the Thrive programme.
30 November 2022 Breeding & health
In pictures: Thrive stock slaughter performance
Last week's beef page detailed the financial performance of the Thrive stock finished this year. This week, Declan Marren outlines what a typical dairy beef animal is achieving on the farm.
30 November 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive: why are there no Friesian bulls in the programme?
Declan Marren outlines why the Thrive programme is concentrating only on beef-sired dairy beef stock.
Thrive weekly roundup: what system is making money in 2022?
The Thrive dairy-beef programme weekly roundup is all about financial performance this week, with full analysis of each system in place on the demonstration farm in Cashel, Co Tipperary.
26 November 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive: increased beef price masks production cost hike
The 2021-born stock have recorded an increased net margin compared to last year but overall margins remain tight. Declan Marren reports.
23 November 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive: bullock systems most profitable in 2022
Analysis of the Thrive demonstration farm performance this year has shown that steer systems were the most profitable.
23 November 2022 Grass & feeding
Watch: Thrive bullocks average 310kg carcase at 20 months
This batch of 33 bullocks from the Thrive demo farm were drafted for slaughter three weeks ago based on the finish level.
19 November 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive: first of 2022-born stock housed on demo farm
The first 30 of this year’s calves were housed earlier this week on the Thrive demonstration farm with the remaining stock staying at grass for now.
12 November 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive weekly roundup: winter diets at the ready and concentrate cost control
This week's Thrive dairy calf-to-beef programme update is all about winter feeding, concentrate feeding levels required on varying silage quality, as well as tips to help minimise the cost of winter.
5 November 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive: diets to keep stock on target this winter period
Declan Marren looks at the diet required to keep dairy beef stock on target over the winter period which is the highest cost period in livestock production systems.
2 November 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive weekly roundup: Straw out with calves at grass and weighing deadline
This week's dairy beef programme update looks at the importance of having a roughage source with calves at grass as conditions worsen. Meanwhile, the deadline looms for the Dairy Beef Welfare Scheme.
29 October 2022 Management
Thrive: straw bales out with calves at grass
Poor weather conditions has seen straw bales being offered to the calves at grass in order to keep dietary fibre in check.
26 October 2022 Grass & feeding