Thrive: avoiding under-performance pitfalls with autumn grazing
Declan Marren
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.
24 September 2022 News
Thrive weekly roundup: first heifers slaughtered and Ploughing demo
The weekly dairy-beef programme roundup looks at the slaughter performance of the first 12 heifers killed from the demo farm this year, as well as an outline of the cattle demo from the Ploughing.
21 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive: 280kg carcase at 19 months for first 12 demo farm heifers
The first draft of the year is almost a month later than 2021 as heifers were housed for finishing early due to grass shortages. However, the average carcase weight is up by over 15kg.
Thrive weekly roundup: bullocks housed and keeping calves on target at grass
This week's dairy calf-to-beef programme roundup looks at some top tips to keep calves gaining weight at grass over the remaining weeks, while the finishing cattle are housed on the demo farm.
17 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Plotting a pathway at Ploughing 2022
Adam Woods previews the livestock demo, discussion and debate that will take place on the Irish Farmers Journal stand at Ploughing 2022.
15 September 2022 Ploughing Championships
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
Unlocking farm potential through grassland management
The journey Aidan Maguire has been on over the last four years highlights the potential of drystock farms through improved grassland management. Declan Marren reports.
7 September 2022 Grass & feeding
Thrive weekly roundup: autumn health checks and finishing off grass
This week's dairy-beef programme roundup looks at the vaccination protocol on the Thrive demo farm, as well as an update on the finishing cattle and continuing grass supply issues from the farm.
3 September 2022 Management
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
Autumn animal health checks
Declan Marren has an overview of the autumn animal health focus which covers vaccination protocols, anthelmintic resistance and preparing ewes for the breeding season.
31 August 2022 Breeding & health
Watch: heifers housed on Thrive demo farm
Low grass growth has forced finishing heifers to be housed on the Thrive dairy calf-to-beef demonstration farm outside Cashel, Co Tipperary.
27 August 2022 Grass & feeding
What’s the future of dairy beef?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at some of the lessons learned so far from the Thrive dairy calf to beef programme.
17 August 2022 Breeding & health