How this Westmeath farmer reaping the benefits of regular weighing of cattle
Monitoring of stock at key stages is critical to achieving best results
When the Teagasc Green Acres Calf To Beef programme was set up over two years ago, one of the key aims was to measure and monitor performance on the farms.
Regular weighing of cattle was one of the tasks the farmers were asked to complete a minimum of three times throughout the year. Weights of cattle were taken around turnout in the spring, mid-season during the summer months and again at housing in the winter.
Having completed these weighings, we now take a look at Conor Greene's performance over the winter period.
Farming outside of Rathowen in Westmeath, Conor runs a 26-28 month Friesian steer system where the majority of the spring-born calves are slaughtered off of grass in the third grazing season. The best performing 10pc of animals are generally slaughtered out of the shed at two years of age.
The adjoining table outlines Conor`s target weights and average daily gains required at each stage along the lifetime of the Friesian steer.
From the table, you can see the target at housing around the middle of November is to have an eight to nine-month-old Friesian steer weighing 225kg.
Last year, Conor weighed his animals on October 22 when they averaged 205kg - allowing another 25 days to housing in mid-November at 0.75kgs gain per day would have his cattle coming in at 224kgs, which is exactly on target.