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Future Beef: Autumn Calving update with Cork farmer, Ed Curtin

Future Beef farmer, Ed Curtin from Co. Cork is on this week's episode of The Beef Edge Podcast to discuss how he manages his autumn calving herd pre and post-calving.

Ed outlines how he manages the cow’s body condition score to ensure she is fit and not fat for calving. Ed calves his heifers at 24 months. He describes her management from once she is born up to calving. Heifers are penned separate to the cows to give them every opportunity to go back in calf.  

100% AI is operated on the farm and Ed describes the various sires selected such as easy calving angus sires for replacement heifers and Belgian blue sires used on cows.  

High quality silage over 70 DMD is fed over the winter ad lib. Ed describes the management in advance of breeding and the use of heat detection aids to identify cows such as scratch cards. 

Further details on Ed’s farm can be found here 

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