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Herd Update 17.10.16

General Details

  • Ground conditions have  deteriorated this week (heavy rain last Sunday)
  • The forward group of steers average 652Kgs. ADG from birth is 1.04kgs. The ADG since the last weighing 23 days ago is 1.47Kgs (6Kgs of meal and currently 19/20 months of age)
  • Other finishing steers average weight 544 Kgs. ADG from birth 0.88 Kgs. The ADG over the last 23 days is 1.65Kgs on 5Kgs of meal.
  • Forward finishing Heifers average weight 558 Kgs. ADG from birth 0.89 Kgs.  The ADG over the last 23 days is 1.38 Kgs on 6 Kgs of meal. (19 -20 months of age )
  • Other finishing heifers average weight 498 Kgs. ADG from birth 0.81 Kgs. The ADG over the last 23 days is 1.64 Kgs on 5 Kgs of meal.
  • All the male weanling’s have been weaned this week
  • All weanlings have been allowed to suck cows out 2 days after weaning.
  • 25 cows left to be weaned and weaned cows were put on slats and fed straw to dry off.   
  • Weanling’s  creeping under the electric wire are consuming on average 1.1 Kg of meal/day
  • The last of the  weanlings got their Bovipast RSP and IBR vaccination on Tuesday 18th
  • All grazing ground in Raheen Woods have been closed

Grassland Details

  • Average farm cover 551  kg DM/day
  • Average growth rate 25 kg/DM/Ha
  • Average Demand 24 kg/DM/Ha
  • Currently 23 days ahead
  • Current stocking rate: 1.68 L.U/Ha
  • Current stocking rate in Live weight/ha: 1180 kg/Ha

Suckler Herd

Magnesium buckets have been left out to the herd in the fields

Key recommendations for this week

  1. Keep a close eye on dry cows to avoid any mastitis problems
  2. Monitored the weaned weanlings for any set back
  3. Clip the tails and back of the dry weaned  cows
  4. Prepared the yard for all cows to be housed from early next week
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