Thrive weekly roundup: Christmas weight targets and last grazing on demo farm
Declan Marren
This week's dairy calf-to-beef programme update outlines what calves should be weighing by Christmas, while on the demo farm, grazing is over for 2023.
12 November 2022 Management
Dairy management: still cows out but days are numbered
Aidan Brennan says grazing is continuing on a hit and miss basis as soils are saturated in most parts of the country.
9 November 2022 Grass & feeding
Exceptional growth but many can't graze
Most farmers have been unable to capitalise on the high growth rates because land is too wet.
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
Grass+ Beef: growth good but stock flying through grass
Another positive week of grass growth right across the country but many farmers are reporting stock moving through grass at quite a rate, making it very difficult to increase the average farm cover.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Brushing up on business skills
Aidan Brennan chats to Kilkenny farmer Padraic Brennan about how good financial management has allowed his business to grow and adapt.
24 August 2022 Management
Making a final call on which cattle to kill off grass
The grazing season is moving into its final stages for this year, so now is an ideal time to make a decision on which cattle will be slaughtered off grass this autumn.
23 August 2022 Management
Five tips for building grass covers
As autumn draws closer, grass growth will fall below grazing demand. Building a bank of grass over the coming weeks will help extend grazing into late autumn.
20 August 2022 Management
Beef Management: creep feeding weanlings, does it pay?
This week's Beef Management takes a look at the costs around creep feeding weanlings and whether it's worth it.
17 August 2022 Management
Finishing store lambs – do the sums to optimise returns
It is important to do an accurate budget before purchasing and it is also a useful exercise to carry out with home-bred lambs to see if finishing or selling lambs is the best option.
17 August 2022 Management
Farmer Writes: grass only growing in fits and starts
The milk that we produce can’t be produced at a lower carbon footprint anywhere else in the world, writes Bill O'Keeffe.
10 August 2022 Farmer Writes
Transition to grass – a vital period for calf health
Managing the transition to grass is key for calves to achieve growth targets over the first grazing season. Declan Marren reports.
7 August 2022 Grass & feeding