- Ground conditions have not improved this week with some poaching and utilisation is poor as a result.
- One calf has Coccidiosis and is responding slowly to treatment.
- Newford steers and heifers were weighed on the 5th September.
- Meal feeding started on the 9th of August for these 20 Bullocks on the above table
- They have consumed 114kgs of concentrate each to date (23 cent/kg)
- Cost to date €26.50 per animal
- Average daily gain since turnout is 1.12kg/day
- ADG over the last 28 days is 1.75kg/day (High because cattle were weighed empty coming out of a bare paddock on previous weighing)
- Meal feeding to these 20 bullocks is costing €1.15/day (5kg of meal)
- These bullocks are now 178 day’s at grass up to the 8th September.
- The aim is to sell these 20 in-spec bullocks at end of September/early October off grass
- The remaining 27 bullocks are gaining 0.88kg/day since turnout and these will be finished indoors. These animals are getting no meal at the moment.
- Meal feeding started on the 28th of July for the 42 beef heifers
- They have consumed 174kg of meal per head to date (23 cent/kg)
- Cost to date 174kg x 23 cent = €40
- ADG since turnout is 0.97kg/day
- Average Daily Gain for the beef heifers over the last 28 days is 1.03 Kgs /day
- Meal feeding is costing €1.15/day (5kg concentrate)
- The first of these heifers will be sold shortly
- 7 replacement heifers that were not fit for breeding in May returned to Newford farm for summer grazing. These were sold live off the farm this week.
- 20 first time calvers and their calves were moved to Raheen Woods to the after grass.
- These calves were treated for worms and received their booster IBR vaccination. These calves were weighed and summary as follow
THZ Bull calf born 2nd Feb – 307kgs gaining 1.24kg since birth out of a heifer
- Creep feeding the calves began on the 24th August and weanling will commence in short.
Key recommendations for this week
- Keep silage covers on pit tight
- Check calves for pneumonia and coccidiosis
- Keep tetany buckets out with cows
- Build the Autumn Grass wedge
- Get first cut silage tested
- Weight the rest of the weanlings
- Prepare for weanling the first of the calves
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