The final batch of heifers were slaughtered just before Christmas on the Irish Farmers Journal's Thrive demonstration farm in Cashel, Co Tipperary.
They made an average of €1,255/head, with an average carcase weight of 308kg. They received a base price of €3.80/kg. However, they were slaughtered in Foyle Meats in Co Donegal which offers a 10c/kg bonus for cattle from 300kg to 380kg carcase weight. This, alongside the 20c/kg quality assurance payment, brought the average price/kg to €4.07 – three heifers failed to reach a 300kg carcase and therefore were not eligible for the 10c/kg bonus.
A full breakdown of the slaughter performance and economics of the system is available in print, in this week’s Irish Farmers Journal.
Outlined under each of the heifers is the sire along with the sires dairy beef index (DBI) and beef sub value DBI.
The DBI, developed by ICBF and Teagasc is a tool similar to the replacement and terminal beef indexes which aims to help farmers identify beef bulls with superior genetics for the dairy-beef industry.