Thrive weekly roundup: final phase for 24-month system and top dairy-beef news
Declan Marren
This week's dairy-beef update looks at the final few feeding weeks for stock coming ready for slaughter and has a roundup of this week's main dairy-beef news stories from feed prices to calf exports.
1 February 2023 Markets
MartBids Database: roaring ringside trade continues
The positive beef market continues to deliver big prices in marts across the country, with large cow numbers as sellers make the most of the trade.
1 February 2023 News
Feed prices hold firm despite weakening grain market
Despite a weakening grain market, concentrate feed prices remain largely unchanged into February with feed mills having locked into supplies in late 2022 to see them through the first months of 2023.
Thrive: end zone in sight for 24-month systems
Farms operating a 24-month dairy calf to beef enterprise are entering the final weeks of feeding pre-slaughter.
1 February 2023 Grass & feeding
Young Stock Podcast: building a 240-cow suckler herd in Scotland
For Scottish farmer Duncan Morrison, the goal has always been to build a low-input suckler cow business that could be scaled. Listen to how he started with a good business plan and plenty of ambition.
30 January 2023 News
Thrive weekly roundup: getting stock back on target and calf-rearing costs
This week's diary-beef programme roundup has tips for getting stock back on target if there has been a disappointing weight result mid-winter.
28 January 2023 Breeding & health
Tullamore Farm: calving set to ramp up
Just two cows have calved so far on Tullamore Farm, but farm manager Shaun Diver is preparing for things to get a lot busier over the next 10 days.
27 January 2023 Breeding & health
Calf-rearing costs up 44% since 2021
Rising input costs have added €50/head to the rearing cost of calves over the last two years.
25 January 2023 News
46% rise in calf-rearing costs since 2021
Calf rearing was once seen as a low-cost system to establish on farm but with rising input costs farmers need to carefully plan purchases this spring.
25 January 2023 Breeding & health
MartBids Database: cows up €300/head on January 2022
The average price for dry cows has increased 46c/kg compared with January last year, as the demand for manufacturing continues to outstrip supply.
25 January 2023 Markets
What to do with dairy-beef stock that have fallen behind target weight
Coming up with a plan as soon as possible once a period of underperformance has been detected is key to minimising the disruption to your production system.
25 January 2023 Grass & feeding
Thrive weekly roundup: stock target weights and milk replacer costs
What should the 2022-born stock weigh this week and how important is a mid-winter weight check. All this, plus details from the 15-page calf focus in this week's paper.
21 January 2023 Management