Kildare dairy calf to beef producer details his winter feed management plan
Joe Farrell from Castledermot, Co Kildare is one of the participating farmers on the Green Acres Calf to Beef programme. Over the past few months a winter management plan has been drawn up for Joe.
Firstly, silage was analysed to establish the quality of fodder he had.
Based on an average silage of 72pc DMD, the plan is to feed 1.5kg of concentrates to his weanling animals over the winter housing period to keep them on target to achieve a minimum growth rate of 0.6kg per day.
This will be front-loaded, with stock getting 2kg for the first five weeks, 1.5kg for the next five weeks, and 1kg for the next month; animals will be then to be taken off concentrates for the week to 10 days prior to turn out. These animals will be turned out to grass as early as possible depending on weather next spring with a target of mid-February.
The average protein in Joe's silage is 11.3pc; weanling animals will then require an 18pc protein ration to meet the growth requirements of a young animal.