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Newford farm update


On this week’s episode of the Beef Edge podcast, Newford farm technician Michael Fagan joins Catherine Egan with an update on the farm and a performance review of the herd in Athenry.

Breeding season started on the 21st April and finished 30th June lasting 10 weeks. With 100% AI used, tail painting and two teasers bulls with chin balls alongside two Moo Heats were used for heat detection.

A.I. was carried out each day at 12pm. Only 19 cows were AI’d twice out of 81 cows. Cows were checked 4/5 times daily. In total there were 107 animals for breeding, 81 mature cows and 26 maiden heifers.

Cows and calves were weighed on the 28th July as part of BEEP-S. The cows average weight was 618 kg while the bull calves were on average 261kgs (ADG 1.44kg/day) and heifers were 248kgs (ADG 1.34kg/day).

Michael also discussed the weaning process and the performance of the 2020-born bullock and heifers and how they will be managed from now until finish.

Watch weaning in Newford in 2020 video.

For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at: www.teagasc.ie/thebeefedge 

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