Buying a weanling

THE price you should pay for a weanling should reflect your budget for the year including your estimated production costs and the animal performance of your farm.

This will make sure that you do not overpay for an animal that will not give you good returns.

When buying an animal make sure that you are not looking at fat instead of the frame of the animal. It is worth buying a smaller animal that is healthy and that will increase its value with good pasture over the period of your investment. It is only worth adding weight to an animal in the weeks pre slaughter. Look for healthy animals that do not appear nervous or have any obvious infections.

It is a good idea to get several animals from the one farm as that means that there is less chance of infections from mixed stock and also companion animals will settle quicker.


Lifestyle

Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.The Skin Nerd: Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner