Climate and environment
Dawn Meats to spend €100m to reach net zero emissions by 2040
Amy Forde
Ongoing supplier engagement to reduce emissions and improve farm efficiencies will continue via innovative farming projects and knowledge sharing events, Dawn Meats said.
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.
23 November 2022 News
Dairy-beef margins up 57% in 2022
Analysis of the slaughter performance from the Irish Farmers Journal Thrive dairy calf-to-beef demonstration farm has shown an increase in profits year on year albeit from a low base.
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
Will the new EBI deliver for dairy-beef?
On Wednesday 16 November, the ICBF outlined the proposed changes to the EBI, which includes a new carbon sub-index and an updated beef sub-index.
16 November 2022 Breeding & health
Carbon sub-index added to the EBI
The ICBF and Teagasc have added a new sub-index to the Economic Breeding Index (EBI)
16 November 2022 Breeding & health
Is ad-lib meal feeding still an option in 2022?
Adam Woods takes a look at the economics of ad-lib meal feeding and whether it’s still a runner with meal at €420/tonne.
26 October 2022 Feed
Winter finishing is ‘finished’ – ICSA
Winter beef finishers would be better off letting cattle thrive more slowly to finish them off grass next summer than feeding on to finish out of the shed this winter, says ICSA.
17 October 2022 News
Efficiency depends on how it is expressed
Depending on how efficiency is expressed, suckler-bred stock are between 20% and 60% more efficient than dairy-sired animals. Declan Marren reports.
5 October 2022 Breeding & health
In Pictures: first five Thrive Angus bullocks average 295kg carcase
The first of the bullocks were drafted for slaughter on the Thrive demonstration farm in Cashel Co Tipperary last week and they averaged a 295kg carcase weight at just over 19 months old.
5 October 2022 Markets
280kg carcase at 19 months for dairy beef heifers
The Thrive cattle, which are all AI-bred stock, are demonstrating what is possible with dairy beef systems. Declan Marren reports.
28 September 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive: 280kg carcase at 19 months for first 12 demo farm heifers
The first draft of the year is almost a month later than 2021 as heifers were housed for finishing early due to grass shortages. However, the average carcase weight is up by over 15kg.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding