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Newford update: weaning complete and all weanlings weighed
Darren Carty
Bull weanlings achieved an average daily gain (ADG) from birth to weaning of 1.37kg, while heifers recorded an ADG of 1.32kg.
11 September 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm update: 10 more heifers drafted for slaughter
The heifers aged 17.5 months of age weighed 546kg on average and with a kill-out of 53% delivered a 290kg carcase.
21 August 2022 Newford Farm
Newford update: Scanning reveals 9% empty rate in cows
Next year’s calving season looks set to be condensed into a six or seven week period with 75% of cows and in-calf heifers holding to first service and 23% to second service.
Newford Farm update: first 20 heifers drafted for slaughter
The heifers were drafted off grass and achieved an average carcase weight of 290kg at an average of 17.5 months of age.
14 August 2022 Newford Farm
Newford update: TB identification measures and weighing bullocks
All suckler cows and 2021-born heifers will undergo blood testing next week in a bid to identify any animals which may spreading TB through the herd.
17 July 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm update: TB issues escalate with eight reactors identified
The TB breakdown in the herd has been ongoing for a year with the latest round of short interval skin testing identifying six reactor suckler cows and two reactor calves.
10 July 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm: 10 week breeding season draws to a close
From the 82 cows put forward for breeding 61 cows were inseminated once, 19 cows received one repeat insemination and three cows were inseminated on three occasions.
3 July 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm update: calves gaining over 1.4kg/day since birth
Bull calves are weighing 196kg at an average age of 3.5 months, while heifer calves are 5kg lighter at an average liveweight of 191kg.
12 June 2022 Newford Farm
Newford update: 93% of cows submitted for AI
The herd has repeated the high submission rates of recent years, with 80 of the 83 cows inseminated.
22 May 2022 Breeding & health
Newford Farm update: TB remains a niggling issue
There were two homebred heifers identified as TB reactors in the latest test carried out a fortnight ago.
1 May 2022 Newford Farm
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.
13 April 2022 Beef 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