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Newford Notes - Week of 23rd November 2020


Michael Fagan,Technician of the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm in Athenry, gives an update on Autumn Farm Sales 2020 as nine more beef cattle were slaughtered. He has a summary of the feed and management of the various animal groups on farm. All cattle were clipped and plastic was recycled.

Finishing Beef Bullocks

9 beef bullocks, all of which satisfied Quality Payment System (QPS) spec, were slaughtered on the 25th of NovemberThe average grade for the nine bullocks was R = 3 =

  • The average liveweight going up the ramp of the lorry was 677 kg
  • The average carcase weight was 363 kg and the kill-out percentage was 54%
  • There was eight “R” grades and one “U” grade bullock
  • The average sale price was € 1,453
  • The nine bullocks were on average 21 months of age at slaughter
  • Meal feeding started at grass on the 4th of September
  • These bullocks were housed on the 2nd of October (53 days before slaughter)
  • The finishing diet was ad lib silage and 6 kg concentrates
  • The average daily gain during housing was 1.31 Kg taken over 53 days
  • The nine bullocks consumed on average 435 kg of a 12 % coarse ration over a feeding period of 11.5 weeks. This includes concentrates fed at grass prior to housing.
  • The concentrate cost on average per bullock for the 11.5 weeks was €113

 The below table outlines a summary of all farm sales to-date in 2020 for Newford Farm

 

The remaining 11 bullocks are receiving concentrates along with ad-lib silage

  • Nine of the bullocks are receiving 6 kg of concentrates and two smaller steers are receiving 3 kg
  • The 11 bullocks were weighed on the 24th November
    • The average weight of the nine good bullocks was 659 kg
    • The two smaller steers weighed 460 kg on average. These bullocks will be sold in early 2021.
  • Feeding for the nine bullocks is split with 3 kg of a high-energy 12% protein content coarse ration offered in the morning and another 3 kg in the evening

 

The bullocks have had their tail and back clipped. This is helping animals to regulate body temperature easier with weather temperatures currently relatively high. It also helps to keep the animals cleaner and helps to avoid hide contamination at slaughter

 

All cattle at Newford have had their back and tail clip

 

  

Finishing Beef Heifers

19 beef heifers, all of which met QPS spec, were also slaughtered on the 25th of November

  • The average grade for the 19 heifers was R = 3 +
  • The average liveweight going up the ramp of the lorry was 590 kg
  • The average carcase weight was 313 Kg and the kill-out percentage was 53%
  • There was 17 “R” grades, one “U” grade and one “O+” grade
  • The average sale price was € 1,259
  • The 19 heifers were on average 21 months of age at slaughter
  • Meal feeding started at grass on the 4th of September
  • These heifers were housed on the 27th of October (28 days before slaughter)
  • The finishing diet was ad lib silage and 5 kg concentrates
  • The average daily gain during housing was 1.71 Kg but this is taken over a relatively short period of 28   days
  • The 19 heifers consumed on average 390 kg of a 12 % coarse ration over a feeding period of 11.5 weeks
  • The concentrate cost on average per heifer for the 11.5 weeks was €101
  • The average weight of the remaining three heifers on the farm is 550 kg
  • Two of these heifers weigh 600 kg on average and will be slaughtered on the 20th December 
  • One lighter heifer weighing 450 kg will be sold in early 2021

Weanlings

All weanlings are receiving 2 kg of a high-energy, 18% protein ration and good-quality silage offered ad lib. There are no health issues to report.

 

     Plastic Recycling

 

     Newford Farm had its farmyard collection of plastic this week by the “Irish  Farm Films Producers Group.

      There was 4.5 tonnes of plastic for collection

 Newford Farm produced a video titled ““19 month old beef heifers sold off grass”. Watch below

 

   Key recommendations for this week 

  1. Monitor the health status of weanlings and be on guard for any signs of pneumonia
  2. Check water troughs regularly and clean when necessary
  3. Weigh cull cows and assess suitability for slaughter
  4. Keep mineral buckets topped up for cows
  5. Feed cows according to their body condition score