Welcome to the Irish Farmers Journal Thrive dairy calf-to-beef programme virtual open day, brought to you in conjunction with programme stakeholders the ICBF, Bord Bia, Kerry Agribusiness, Aurivo, Dovea Genetics, Progressive Genetics and Munster Bovine.

Introduction and farm system overview

In part one, beef editor Adam Woods and Thrive programme manager Declan Marren provide an update on the latest news from the Thrive demo farm, where 140 calves and 140 yearlings are currently on farm.

We take a look at liveweight performance of 2019- and 2020-born cattle, as well as calf-rearing costs, entire-system economics for steers and heifers and why we have chosen to operate a 19- to 20-month finishing system.

Video 1: THRIVE Programme Intro and Demo Farm Overview from Irish Farmers Journal on Vimeo.

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Thrive dairy-calf-to-beef programme virtual open day