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Beef
Thrive: end zone in sight for 24-month systems
Declan Marren
Farms operating a 24-month dairy calf to beef enterprise are entering the final weeks of feeding pre-slaughter.
18 January 2023 Grass & feeding
Thrive: what weight should dairy beef yearlings be today?
A midwinter weighing is really important to ensure dairy beef animals remain on target during the period when most stock fall behind.
19 November 2022 Breeding & health
Watch: Thrive bullocks average 310kg carcase at 20 months
This batch of 33 bullocks from the Thrive demo farm were drafted for slaughter three weeks ago based on the finish level.
In pictures: Thrive heifer slaughter performance
Take a look at how the latest draft of heifers from the Thrive demonstration farm performed at slaughter.
16 November 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive: first of 2022-born stock housed on demo farm
The first 30 of this year’s calves were housed earlier this week on the Thrive demonstration farm with the remaining stock staying at grass for now.
12 November 2022 Grass & feeding
Four-bay dry shed for less than €24,000
Irish Farmers Journal contributor Kieran Sullivan has just completed work on a dry-bedded cattle shed on an old silage slab.
9 November 2022 Farm buildings
Thrive: 2022-born stock performance check
All 150 spring 2022-born calves were in for weighing this week on the Thrive demo farm as well as a dose and receiving their booster vaccination in preparation for housing.
12 October 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive: avoiding under-performance pitfalls with autumn grazing
Declan Marren looks at some steps to take to maintain liveweight gain in the run-up to housing, as the last rotation begins on many dairy-beef farms.
28 September 2022 Grass & feeding
THRIVE: indoor finishing period commences for bullocks
The finishing bullocks were housed on the THRIVE demo farm last week as grass supply could no longer sustain them outside.
14 September 2022 Grass & feeding
THRIVE demo farm winter vaccination protocol
Declan Marren outlines the vaccination protocol on the THRIVE demo farm in preparation for the housing period.
31 August 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive: open day summary and booklet
Over 2,000 people attended the Thrive dairy calf-to-beef open day on Tuesday. Declan Marren outlines some of the key messages from the day.
13 August 2022 Breeding & health
DNA registration needs to happen
Adam Woods summarises some of the discussion from the THRIVE open day which took place in Cashel this week.
10 August 2022 Breeding & health