280kg carcase at 19 months for dairy beef heifers
Declan Marren
The Thrive cattle, which are all AI-bred stock, are demonstrating what is possible with dairy beef systems. Declan Marren reports.
24 September 2022 News
Thrive weekly roundup: first heifers slaughtered and Ploughing demo
The weekly dairy-beef programme roundup looks at the slaughter performance of the first 12 heifers killed from the demo farm this year, as well as an outline of the cattle demo from the Ploughing.
24 September 2022 Tullamore Farm
Lamb slaughter performance recovers on Tullamore Farm
The average kill-out of 30 lambs drafted on Thursday 22 September was 44.8% compared with just 42.2% for the last batch slaughtered on 1 September 2022.
Watch: auto drafter demo and other Twitter labour savers
Twitter has again provided us with some great farm labour savers, from drafting gate displays at this year’s Ploughing to well water top-ups.
20 September 2022 Management
THRIVE: indoor finishing period commences for bullocks
The finishing bullocks were housed on the THRIVE demo farm last week as grass supply could no longer sustain them outside.
14 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Newford Farm update: 10 more heifers drafted for slaughter
The heifers aged 17.5 months of age weighed 546kg on average and with a kill-out of 53% delivered a 290kg carcase.
11 September 2022 Newford Farm
Sheep Management: store lamb presentation, straw requirements and ram sales
With grass supplies below target and many farmers faced with lower drafting rates it is a good time to review your plan for marketing lambs.
17 August 2022 Management
Five entry level sheep crates for Irish sheep farmers
Like a quad, a front loader or a good sheep dog, once you purchase a sheep handler you will wonder how you ever managed to farm without one.
17 August 2022 Sheep handling
Newford Farm update: first 20 heifers drafted for slaughter
The heifers were drafted off grass and achieved an average carcase weight of 290kg at an average of 17.5 months of age.
14 August 2022 Newford Farm
Parlour retrofits can help ease on labour
An upgrade on parlour equipment might be a more prudent spend on money than a spanking new unit, writes Martin Merrick.
10 August 2022 Buildings
Thrive: register for the dairy calf-to-beef demo farm open day
The Thrive dairy calf-to-beef demonstration farm will host a national open day on Tuesday August 9 starting at 10.30am.
4 August 2022 News
Thrive: countdown to demonstration farm open day
Preparations are well under way on the Thrive demo farm for the national open day on Tuesday 9 August.
30 July 2022 News