Five cattle management tasks for August
Kieran Mailey
With autumn just a couple of weeks away, outlined are a few herd management tasks to complete before the end of this month.
Calf rearing: getting calves off to a good start
The rearing phase of the system is the most labour-intensive and the highest risk period for calf health. Getting the simple things right is very important.
7 August 2022 Grass & feeding
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.
Five tips to creep grazing calves
Calves will be consuming a greater percentage of grass in their diet in late summer and allowing young stock to creep graze ahead of cows can improve performance. Outlined are tips to creep grazing.
6 August 2022 Management
Sheep Management: weaning management, grass supplies and store lamb presentation
Assessing the body condition of weaned ewes and taking steps to limit body condition loss is the most efficient use of feed resources.
20 July 2022 Management
Sheep Management: blowfly strike, weighing scales calibration and FEC
The risk of flystrike in lambs is likely to increase in the coming weeks and farmers should be on guard to pre-empt issues and ensure performance is not compromised.
6 July 2022 Management
Farmer Writes: figures for calves and new shed
Kieran Sullivan is weaning calves and getting the paperwork out of the way for the new shed planned for building over the summer.
8 June 2022 Farmer Writes
Sheep Management: grass supplies, weaning management and problem ewes
There is a risk of grass growth rates running out of steam and quality being much harder to control on farms where no fertiliser has been applied.
8 June 2022 Management
Thrive weekly roundup: dairy beef in Kerry and the cost of rearing a calf
This week's dairy beef roundup looks at what it costs to get a calf to the point of weaning when all inputs are included. We also have an update from John Brosnan in Castleisland, Co Kerry.
4 June 2022 Management
Thrive: how much does it cost to rear a calf to weaning
Many dairy-beef calves are now in the process of being weaned. Just how much does it cost to get stock to this stage?
1 June 2022 Management
Farmer Writes: danger of optimism in May
Kieran Sullivan is beginning to wean calves and planning for this winter's forage crop.
11 May 2022 Farmer Writes
Sheep Management: artificial rearing of lambs and poor grass growth
The economics of rearing orphan or pet lambs will be under pressure this season given the escalation in concentrate costs and significant rise in the cost of milk replacer.
6 April 2022 Management