Farm Programmes
Thrive weekly roundup: dealing with high costs and feeding calves at grass
Declan Marren
Can farmers afford to feed meal to calves at grass over the first grazing season and some programme farmers outline how they are overcoming higher input costs - all in the Thrive weekly roundup.
How the Thrive farmers are dealing with increased input costs
The Thrive farmers are adopting a number of strategies to help combat the impact of high feed and fertiliser prices this year.
Thrive: meal feeding to calves at grass – feed on or cut it out?
It has been a topic of much debate between the Thrive farmers over the last few years – to feed meal for the first grazing season or not? Now with higher meal prices, has the opinion changed?
Beef Management Notes: BDGP stock bulls, getting AI right and dairy beef sires
Beef editor Adam Woods takes a look at BDGP stock bull requirements, getting AI right in beef farms and looking ahead to 2023 dairy beef calves.
4 May 2022 Management
Watch: grazing and silage update from Thrive demo farm
Grass growth has kicked on significantly over the last 10 days on the demonstration farm, with growth finally exceeding demand for the first time this year. Declan Marren has an update from the farm.
Thrive: stamping out navel sucking before it becomes a real problem
Navel sucking can be a real problem in the calf rearing shed if calves are allowed to develop the habit. Early intervention is key to preventing it.
27 April 2022 Management
Europe’s Cogeca president visits Kilkenny Twenty20 Beef Club farm
A European farmer representative has visited a Kilkenny farm to witness the benefits of a more sustainable dairy calf-to-beef system.
20 April 2022 News
Thrive weekly roundup: calf rearing video update and how to increase meal intake
This week's dairy beef programme update has a video from the Thrive demo farm, where 150 calves are now being reared, along with our five top tips on how to increase meal intake in calves pre-weaning.
16 April 2022 Management
Watch: calf rearing update from Thrive demo farm
With all calves for 2022 now on farm, Declan Marren provides an update on calf rearing on the Thrive demonstration farm.
13 April 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive weekly roundup: closing silage ground and grazing tips
It is time to close first-cut silage ground on dairy-beef farms in order to ensure a high-quality cut of silage in late May. The weekly roundup also looks at grazing tips for yearling cattle at grass.
9 April 2022 Grass & feeding
Agri jobs: New Zealand seeks milk men and women
New Zealand dairy farms are seeking Irish farmers with the right attitude and all types of experience.
9 April 2022 News
Thrive weekly roundup: 133 calves on farm and keeping feeding equipment clean
The weekly roundup has an update from the demo farm, where nearly all this year's calves have arrived and we look at a feeder cleaning protocol to minimise disease risk.
2 April 2022 Management