Heifers

Parlour training your in-calf heifers, have you started yet?

Parlour training your in-calf heifers, have you started yet?

The milking production season has ended on many spring-calving dairy farms for 2021, and now is a good opportunity for...

December 14, 2021

Reducing slaughter age: Will it make financial sense?

Reducing slaughter age: Will it make financial sense?

It’s well publicised information at this stage that Ireland will probably have to look at ways of reducing the average...

November 29, 2021

Meeting specifications is key to maximising beef price

Meeting specifications is key to maximising beef price

Beef finishers who send cattle to the factory regularly will be well aware of the importance of meeting factory specifications...

November 27, 2021

Factory quotes: Cattle price on the rise as supply tightens

Factory quotes: Cattle price on the rise as supply tightens

Beef prices are in a good place this week and any farmer with finished cattle to sell will have the...

November 15, 2021

Tuam Mart to host special sale of quality in-calf heifers

Tuam Mart to host special sale of quality in-calf heifers

Tuam Co-operative Mart in Co. Galway is set to host a special sale of 65 “hand picked” in-calf heifers. The...

October 16, 2021

Jalex timed auction sees top price of £6,100 for blue heifer

Jalex timed auction sees top price of £6,100 for blue heifer

The Jalex ‘Select 3’ Timed Auction began at 7:00p.m on September 17, and ran until Monday, September 20. There was...

September 25, 2021

Dairy heifers cross €1,700 at Cashel Mart’s virtual sale

Dairy heifers cross €1,700 at Cashel Mart’s virtual sale

A ‘virtual sale’ of high economic breeding index (EBI) weanling and in-calf dairy heifers was hosted by Cashel Mart in...

September 13, 2021

Beef Focus: See inside ‘state -of-the-art’ Longford cattle dealer’s yard

Beef Focus: See inside ‘state -of-the-art’ Longford cattle dealer’s yard

Cattle dealing is unquestionably a fine art and many of whom are involved in it have had parents and grandparents...

August 1, 2021

Beef kill: Throughput dips in cow and heifer categories

Beef kill: Throughput dips in cow and heifer categories

After five consecutive weeks of throughput increases in beef processing facilities approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the...

July 27, 2021

Grazing targets for replacement dairy heifers

Grazing targets for replacement dairy heifers

The rearing of heifers contributes a significant cost to dairy systems, yet can be the most commonly overlooked component. Grazing...

June 3, 2021

Maintaining nutrition is critical for embryo survival

Maintaining nutrition is critical for embryo survival

Research by Teagasc has shown that early nutrition is critical for high fertility and embryo survival in replacement heifers. Early...

May 11, 2021

Getting your dairy heifer calves to target weight

Getting your dairy heifer calves to target weight

The heifer of today will be the cow of tomorrow, but the considerable time lag between birth and first calving,...

May 1, 2021

Accelerated milk replacer rates will boost calves’ life-long milking ability

Accelerated milk replacer rates will boost calves’ life-long milking ability

According to College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) dairy advisor Gary Duffy, accelerated calf replacer feeding rates can...

February 15, 2021

Bovine brigade: Herd of heifers ‘invades’ area of rural RAF base

Bovine brigade: Herd of heifers ‘invades’ area of rural RAF base

Neighbours of an airbase of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) got more than they bargained for this morning when...

January 7, 2020

How do I manage and feed the ‘future of my herd’ over the winter?

How do I manage and feed the ‘future of my herd’ over the winter?

Calving heifers at 24 months-of-age is no easy task and requires some precise management. However, it must be noted that farmers...

November 25, 2018

What prices will 2018-born weanlings need to make to ensure profit at slaughter?

What prices will 2018-born weanlings need to make to ensure profit at slaughter?

In this article, we look at the break-even prices required for farmers who operate suckler-to-beef systems or for beef finishers...

September 30, 2018

Are your heifers on target?

Are your heifers on target?

Achieving target weights is important for heifers; those that fail to reach target before calving will produce less milk in...

September 2, 2018

The curious case of Ireland’s ‘geriatric’ heifers

The curious case of Ireland’s ‘geriatric’ heifers

Through the use of figures from the Department of Agriculture, it’s easy to paint a picture of the age profile...

August 18, 2018