Heifers

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

I’m thinking of weaning spring-born calves, but what do I feed them?

I’m thinking of weaning spring-born calves, but what do I feed them?

Over the coming weeks, farmers will turn their attention to weaning spring-born calves. This should be done earlier this year...

July 23, 2018

Pics and prices: Bulls popular, but heifers harder sold at Carnaross Mart

Pics and prices: Bulls popular, but heifers harder sold at Carnaross Mart

A seasonal small sale took place at Carnaross Mart on Tuesday evening last (July 17). However, a large crowd gathered...

July 19, 2018

Calving heifers at 24 months: What’s the big deal?

Calving heifers at 24 months: What’s the big deal?

Calving heifers at 24 months has raised some concerns among farmers in the past. There are many factors which deter...

June 30, 2018

Farmers reminded to plan ahead to meet BDGP targets

Farmers reminded to plan ahead to meet BDGP targets

Farmers who intend to breed their own replacement heifers to meet the female requirement under the Beef Data and Genomics...

June 14, 2018

Pics and prices: Cow with twin bulls at foot fetches €2,800 at Ballyjamesduff Mart

Pics and prices: Cow with twin bulls at foot fetches €2,800 at Ballyjamesduff Mart

Ballyjamesduff Mart’s weekly cattle sale took place on Tuesday last (May 15). A mixture of farmers, feedlot buyers and exporters...

May 19, 2018

May beef returns increase marginally

May beef returns increase marginally

An analysis of the average prices paid for base steers and heifers during the first two weeks of May 2018...

May 18, 2018

Pics and prices: Weanling bulls sell to a top call of €3.35/kg at Carnaross Mart

Pics and prices: Weanling bulls sell to a top call of €3.35/kg at Carnaross Mart

Carnaross Mart’s weekly weanling bull, heifer and suckler cow sale took place on Tuesday evening last (May 15). Farmers were active...

May 18, 2018

Pics and prices: Over 200 cows on offer at Kilkenny Mart

Pics and prices: Over 200 cows on offer at Kilkenny Mart

A large cattle sale – consisting of 1,400 animals – was witnessed in Kilkenny Mart, Cillin Hill, on Thursday last...

May 12, 2018

Pics and prices: Exporters and grass buyers out in force at Castlerea Mart

Pics and prices: Exporters and grass buyers out in force at Castlerea Mart

A large number of cattle were presented for sale at Castlerea Mart, Co. Roscommon, on Thursday last. Both exporters and...

May 5, 2018

Pics and prices: Bullocks sell to a top price of €1,780 at Carnaross Mart

Pics and prices: Bullocks sell to a top price of €1,780 at Carnaross Mart

The trade was brisk from start to finish for all types of stock at Carnaross Mart on Monday last (April...

April 24, 2018