Hitting target weights at every stage
Declan Marren
The success of every business, is about having targets and measuring performance to ensure you hit them. Dairy-beef systems are the same. Regular weighing of cattle is the only accurate way to do so.
6 August 2022 Grass & feeding
Beating the winter performance woes
The first winter period is often where stock fall behind target which can result in a delayed slaughter date. Declan Marren writes.
Completing a finishing budget for store lambs
For farmers looking to purchase store lambs, carrying out a finishing budget is highly recommended.
Optimising pre- and post-grazing sward heights for beef cattle
Maximising performance at pasture has a huge effect on age at slaughter and therefore GHG emissions from beef systems. Declan Marren reports.
Weight gain key to high performance on Tullamore Farm
Adam Woods takes a look at weaning weights on Tullamore Farm over the last few years and how the weights compare to the national average.
20 July 2022 Breeding & health
Bullocks 14kg heavier grazing higher grass covers
Teagasc research looking at pre-grazing yields for beef systems found that stock entering 2,000kg DM/ha were 14kg heavier compared with those that entered 1,500kg DM/ha over the grazing season.
20 July 2022 Management
Is a 4cm post-grazing sward height too low for beef animals?
Research carried out at Teagasc Grange has shown that grazing to 4cm can have a negative effect on individual animal performance in beef systems.
13 July 2022 Grass & feeding
Time for a mid-season weight check
Weighing cattle midway through the grazing season is the best way to gauge whether animals are on track to hit target sale or housing weights this autumn.
12 July 2022 Management
Tullamore Farm: first 18 bulls averaging €2220/head
While beef price is positive and carcase values are up, higher input costs mean a close eye needs to be kept on performance.
15 June 2022 Grass & feeding
A flexible system for heavy ground
A traditionally bred dairy beef heifer system suits the farm and land type of John Brosnan in Co Kerry. Declan Marren reports.
1 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive weekly roundup: weighing yearlings, sick calves and pneumonia warning
This week's dairy beef programme roundup has an update of the yearlings' performance on the demo farm, some issues with pink eye in calves and a pneumonia warning for calves recently turned out.
28 May 2022 Management
Thrive weekly roundup: weighing yearlings and transitioning calves outdoors
The dairy beef programme roundup has a video update from the demo farm, where yearling stock have been weighed, while we outline the importance of managing the transition to grass for calves.
21 May 2022 Management