Making the final call on maiden heifers for breeding
Kieran Mailey
Replacement heifers should have a minimum target liveweight to meet before the breeding season starts. This improves conception rates and reduces issues at calving time.
30 April 2022 Management
Five options to group suckler cows for breeding
The breeding season for many suckler calving herds will be getting under way during May. Outlined are five options to group cows for breeding.
13 April 2022 Beef breeding
Newford update: sires selected for 2022 breeding season
There are two new additions with a Charolais and Limousin sire replacing two bulls of the same breed, with the remaining bulls for use in 2022 also used in recent years.
Protocols for synching cows and heifers
Aidan Brennan outlines some of the protocols for synchronising heats in cows and heifers.
13 April 2022 Breeding
Newford Farm update: sires selected for 2022 breeding season
There are two new additions, with Charolais and Limousin sires replacing two bulls of the same breeds, while the two Belgian Blue sires have been dropped for the 2022 breeding season.
10 April 2022 Newford Farm
Farmer Writes: TB clear and dealing with schemes
A clear TB test led to shed clearing on Tommy Moyles's farm last week and not all schemes are straightforward, as he has been discovering.
6 April 2022 Farmer Writes
Planning for turnout with drier weather ahead
With dry weather in the forecast, there will be farmers hoping to turn a few animals out to grass in the coming days.
15 March 2022 Management
Watch: identifying cow traits down the generations
Certain traits carry through from one generation to the next, writes John Egerton.
9 March 2022 Farmer Writes
Performance check on replacement heifers
Herd owners should be checking the weight gain in replacement heifers over the winter, ensuring animals are on track to hit target breeding weight.
22 February 2022 Management
Farmer Writes: food for thought on future direction
Following a clear TB test, grazing has gotten underway on Tommy Moyles’s farm in west Cork.
9 February 2022 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: TB tests keep brakes on farm plans
Good grass growth and a changing calving pattern have seen grazing planing adapt over the years on Tommy Moyles’s farm.
12 January 2022 Farmer Writes
EU animal transport proposals ‘must be rejected’ – IFA
The failure of other EU member states to enforce current welfare regulations for animal transport should not lead to stricter measures being applied to Irish farmers and exporters, says the IFA.
12 January 2022 News