Importance of a weigh scales: 'You can't manage what you don't measure'
You can't manage what you don't measure is an old but very true saying.
It is very common on beef farms in Ireland that from the day animals are bought/born to the day they are sold or slaughtered the owner has no idea of the exact weight or performance of the animals.
As part of the Teagasc Green Acres programme all the participating farmers are weighing their cattle a minimum of three times throughout the year.
These weighings are targeted at turn out, mid-season and around housing. Last week I caught up with Michael Flynn, one of the participating farmers, to discuss how weighing has benefited him.
Having slaughtered the first batch of his Hereford steers two weeks ago at 21 months of age we looked back at the weight gains and performance of these animals.
The first weighing since joining the programme took place on August 3, 2015 and calves at that time weighed an average of 203kgs. The calves were grazing in groups of around 50 at the time.
By doing this weighing and knowing the exact weight of his calves Michael could rest at ease that these animals were performing well and on course to be slaughtered before their second winter.
Knowing this allowed Michael to carry more animals, as he was confident that enough steers would be slaughtered before housing and he would have adequate accommodation for the remaining animals.