BEEF SECTOR

Trade in top spec animals stays steady as marts flourish in face of foul weather

The return to inclement weather over the past week has had little or no detrimental affect on the mart trade.

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Protests dominate tough week for beef producers

Beef producers who vented their anger at beef prices through their protest outside all of the factories across the country on Monday and Tuesday are in ‘wait and see’ mode for the outcome.

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Silage mineral analysis may be the best money you will spend

Getting silage tested before formulating diets for the coming winter is an important way to increase production and control costs.

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Preparing to finish cattle this winter

A lot of farmers have been asking about options for finishing cattle this winter.

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Plough sound revives a wealth of memories

As the nation’s ploughmen and women begin to enjoy themselves at the annual hosting of the clan on 700 acres of green (and easily ploughed!) land outside Portlaoise, I would like to speak today in my normal learned and factual way on the subject of milk but first I recall from somewhere the yarn about a canny Cavan farmer of the 1940s whose rocky acres would challenge any ploughing competitor.

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Watery grass or drought: the grazing challenges this autumn

Grass supply continues to be an issue for many beef farmers this week.

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Clean up before winter

We need to get ready for the winter. That means readying indoor accommodation for stock. Facilities should be cleaned out and disinfected before stock return inside.

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Beef: It’s September, so bank grass now to extend grazing season

The warm weather is creating ideal growing conditions. Most farms have a surplus of grass. But we are into September, so growth will slow down.

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Fast finish on grass has advantages

There are two main objectives for grassland management once you get into September — maintain animal performance from good quality grass, and prepare grazing for later autumn grazing and early grass next spring.

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This Simmental bullock at Bandon Mart last Monday weighed 665kgand sold for €1,125.

Top quality concentrate for under €200 per tonne

It has been a mixed few weeks around the country for grass growth, with some areas experiencing a mini-drought, while others had plenty of rain to push on grass.

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