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The Beef Edge Masterclass Series: JP Hammersley’s Dairy Calf to Steer System


In this second of a regular monthly 'Beef Edge Masterclass’ series from expert farmers on the Beef Edge podcast, Catherine Egan is joined by JP Hammersley a farmer in Lattin, Co. Tipperary.

JP explains his system whereby British Friesian bull calves are brought to beef as steers at 24 & 28 months. Calves are purchased from one local dairy farmer at 4 weeks of age and arrive in batches of 12. This has worked well for JP over the years, as he knows he’s buying a healthy calf from a known source. A paddock system, consisting of 45 paddocks, has also been installed for the three grazing groups.

A considerable amount of re-seeding has also been completed. Cattle are weighed three times during the year – turnout, mid-season, and housing.  The aim is to get animals heavy enough to produce a 320kg carcass at 24 months and a 350kg carcass at 28 months.

See JP on farm as featured as part of the Teagasc Virtual Beef Week:

https://youtu.be/O8tILuIhKdg

For more episodes and information covered on the Beef Edge, visit the show page at:

teagasc.ie/thebeefedge