Cork students set to cash in after angus beef schools competition
Mark Shorten and Conor Lehane have been keeping busy since being awarded five Irish Angus cross calves last year as part of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.
They were presented three bullocks and two heifers with an average weight of 230kg, at the National Ploughing Championships.
Mark has been keeping them on his home dairy farm and kept them with their maiden heifers since. They also wanted to show that out wintering Irish Angus cattle was a viable option for dairy farmers, proving you don’t need the shed space to keep them.
“We kept ours in a paddock of kale and redstart and fed them baled silage for fibre all through the winter,” said Mark. The cattle have been outdoors since they have arrived on the farm in Newcestown.
Since receiving the animals last September, Conor and Mark have been weighing and carrying-out dung samples from the cattle monthly. Conor and Mark carried out dung sampling to avoid any unnecessary or overuse of dosing.
At their August 5 weigh-in, the two heifers weighed an average 433kg and the three bullocks weighed 505kg. The five cattle were bred from dairy cows.
“We expect them to be ready for slaughter by the end of October – start of November,” said Conor.
The two students from Newcestown and Timoleague represented St Brogans College in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition 2016 during transition year. After being narrowed down from 160 schools nation-wide, 5 schools were chosen to complete the project.