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.
4 January 2023 Dairy Equipment
Milking times bypass for Macroom farmer
While the new bypass around Macroom has shortened the journey time for motorists between Cork and Kerry, a new milking parlour has shortened milking times for Macroom farmer Sean Kelleher.
18 December 2022 Newford Farm
Newford Farm update: just three 2021-born bullocks left to slaughter
The most recent batch of 21 bullocks drafted in early December delivered an average carcase weight of 373.89kg from a liveweight of 678kg and 55% kill-out.
Last four 2021-born heifers drafted on Newford Farm
The 40 heifers drafted averaged 296kg carcase weight at an average age of just less than 18 months of age and recorded a sale value of €1,507/head.
27 November 2022 Newford Farm
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
IFBA on tour: Gurteen College dairy facilities
After a three year break, the IFBA was back for its annual conference and farm tours, visiting Gurteen College as part of this. Martin Merrick reports
26 October 2022 Buildings
77 more lambs drafted for sale on Tullamore Farm
The lambs recorded positive slaughter performance with two batches of 34 and 43 head killing out at 45% to 46% and averaging an average sale value of €132.
15 October 2022 Tullamore Farm
280kg carcase at 19 months for dairy beef heifers
The Thrive cattle, which are all AI-bred stock, are demonstrating what is possible with dairy beef systems. Declan Marren reports.
28 September 2022 Breeding & health
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.
24 September 2022 News
Lamb slaughter performance recovers on Tullamore Farm
The average kill-out of 30 lambs drafted on Thursday 22 September was 44.8% compared with just 42.2% for the last batch slaughtered on 1 September 2022.
24 September 2022 Tullamore Farm
Watch: auto drafter demo and other Twitter labour savers
Twitter has again provided us with some great farm labour savers, from drafting gate displays at this year’s Ploughing to well water top-ups.
20 September 2022 Management
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