BEEF SECTOR

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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Worth looking at forward buying

It is worthwhile doing your winter feed budget now and planning what you will feed your cattle this winter. Only when you know the facts can you take action regarding what to buy, to supplement your home grown forages.

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It’s better to calve replacement heifers later rather than smaller

Rearing heifers as replacements is an important component of suckler farm management.

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Managing surplus and getting best out of grass

As we all know, grass is a difficult crop to manage.

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